Bicycling Magazine offers great advice to all levels of riders. Here's one question they addressed last month:
"How long should I stay at the front of the paceline?"
In general, the higher the wind resistance, the shorter your time leading the pack should be. In stiff headwinds you may see the front for only a second or two. On a gradual downhill, you may spend two minutes leading before you pull off. The length of a pull also depends on the ability of the rider; if you find yourself struggling to maintain the group's speed, it's time to drop to the back. If you're feeling strong, you can stay up front longer -- just save something for the trip home.
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