All of our rides are structured group rides. We always ride in a double pace line. Some people find this rigid and confining and prefer a more free form group riding experience found in other clubs. But, for LV members, what draws us to this group is the Safety, Speed, and Comraderie we find in the Pace Line. Once you take a position, you stay next to your partner with front wheels even. You accelerate and decelerate together, hold constant with the group speed and almost never coast.
The formation helps us be safe internally so we don't cross wheels. A 100% downer. And it gives us a maximum draft. The outward appearance of our Pace Line is what keeps us safe with traffic. Drivers don't know what a straggly group of riders will do. But with an LV Pace Line we are easier for drivers to see and anticipate our movements. Imagine 18 riders in 2 rows of 9. Drivers see us as a cohesive unit and, usually, respect our space.