Ridesmart is a series in partnership with British Cycling aimed at Sportive riders. Riding as part of a group is more sociable and can save you energy during a long event. Click here to subscribe to GCN: gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN The performance advantage to riding in a group is that several people can share the responsibility of setting a manageable pace as well as sheltering their riding mates from the wind - a technique known as 'drafting.' The most efficient formation for a large group is to ride side-by-side in pairs, with riders gradually rotating and sharing their turn on the front. How long your turn is depends a lot on weather conditions and how strong you feel, but 5 minutes is a good starting point. Riding in close proximity to other riders does carry it's hazards though, so be sure to give enough space to maneuver, don't overlap the wheel in front and be sure to keep good communication with your riding companions. Buy GCN cycling kit - USA: gcn.eu/GCNkitUSA Rest of World: gcn.eu/gcncyclingkit Get GCN T-Shirts and hoodies: gcn.eu/buy_GCN_stuff Photos: © Bettiniphoto / www.bettiniphoto.net/ & ©Tim De Waele / www.tdwsport.com About GCN: The Global Cycling Network puts you in the centre of the action: from the iconic climbs of Alpe D’Huez and Mont Ventoux to the cobbles of Flanders, everywhere there is road or pavé, world-class racing and pro riders, we will be there bringing you action, analysis and unparalleled access every week, every month, and every year. We show you how to be a better cyclist with our bike maintenance videos, tips for improving your cycling, cycling top tens, and not forgetting the weekly GCN Show. Join us on YouTube’s biggest and best cycling channel to get closer to the action and improve your riding! Welcome to the Global Cycling Network | Inside cycling Thanks to our sponsors: Santini cycling kit: gcn.eu/BuyGCNKitYT Kask helmets: gcn.eu/1FrbcHK fi’zi:k shoes and saddles: gcn.eu/1tsXI7S and gcn.eu/1KxBGd5 Garmin: gcn.eu/1GtylOY SCOTT bikes: gcn.eu/1Btx0Bj Ridley bikes: gcn.eu/1EDbfPy Topeak tools: gcn.eu/1Lc4HAj Canyon bikes: gcn.eu/1Oge4gz YouTube Channel - gcn.eu/gcnYT Facebook - gcn.eu/gcnFb Google+ - gcn.eu/gcnGPlus Twitter - gcn.eu/gcnTW Leave us a comment below!