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Attorney Andrew Barovick represents clients in personal injury, medical malpractice, and consumer rights cases with Alegria & Barovick LLP in New York. Away from his professional obligations, Andrew Barovick can often be found running, hiking, or cycling.

Drafting off of another cyclist allows you to cut wind resistance and move faster on the bike. It can be a little tricky at first, so consider these tips to help you master the art of drafting.

1. Practice with an experienced friend or trainer. Leave a generous gap of two or three feet between the bicycles, and practice riding laps around an empty parking lot or track. As you gain confidence, start closing the gap between the bikes. It is also a good idea to practice “contact,” or the accidental bumping of wheels. Try to avoid contact in real riding, but prepare for the inevitable by practicing in a soft, grassy area.

2. Learn about wind direction. Drafting provides the greatest aerodynamic benefit when cycling straight into a headwind. When fighting a crosswind, it is necessary to slightly overlap wheels with the bicycle in front.

3. After building basic skills, practice in a group. Practice reading body language to see where other cyclists are headed, and remember to watch out for road obstacles instead of focusing only on the tire in front of you.