If you have been riding for a while and riding in club rides or races you have been introduced to the pace line. Love them or hate them they are fast and nerve racking at times. There are some things you can do to relax and enjoy the advantages of a pace line.
Do not look at the rear wheel in front of you if you must look down, look at the hub of the front wheel of the rider in front of you. If the rider is riding anxiously you will see their move at the front hub and not the rear wheel first.
If you must slow down in the pace line then learn how to scrub speed. Do this by lightly feathering the breaks, sitting up in the saddle to catch wind in your chest and or move just to the left of the draft and catch a bit of the wind.
Still feeling twitchy or your riding partners are telling you that you are riding like a squirrel? Simply look over the shoulder of the rider in front of you past the front of the pace line and visualize where your bike is headed not where it is.
Need to drink or eat in a pace line? Do it towards the back of the line where your actions are less likely to disrupt the pace setting.
Need to stand up to climb in a pace line? Shift into a bigger gear and at the same time say “standing” and push a bit harder than you normally would for a couple revolutions of the crank. This will help keep your rear wheel from surging backwards into the person behind you and let them know what you are doing.