The term pull is used often with the person in front but I’ve often wondered if it is really a euphemism for train engine doing all the work, but they really have no more weight on them than if they were riding solo breaking air. From my understanding of race cars, when cars are lined up, there is a small multiplier effect on the front car that gives them tiny percentages of power since their drag is reduced down the chain.
Does this sound right? Will the lead rider actually go faster while ‘pulling’ if they have another rider drafting behind them? It is often touted that the subsequent riders save +30% energy and that is not what I’m after. What are the affects to the leader while they’re in front?