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Just to add some info on the physics side of the equation (and there is definitely psychology at play as well, as motivation plays a part in how hard you can ride). There are plenty of references regarding how much the air resistance is reduced by following close behind a rider, plus anyone with a power meter will likely have seen similar data for ...


@headeronly has the best answer, but this is a great supplementary quote from The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple by The Velominati. It's a tongue-in-cheek book but illuminates the problems nicely. For a while, aerobars were allowed in one-day races and road-race stages of Grand Tours. But this presented a new problem; when a rider’s grip on ...

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