Generally in a race of the Barrachi type, the changes are very rapid, with stints of no more than 300 yards. Altig was at the front when I started the check - and he was still there a minute later. Something must be wrong. Altig wasn't even swinging aside to invite Anquetil through... Suddenly, on a flat road, Anquetil lost contact and a gap of three lengths appeared between the two partners. There followed one of the most sensational things I have ever seen in any form of cycle racing during my 35 years' association with the sport - something which I consider as great a physical performance as a world hour record or a classic road race win. Altig was riding at 30mph at the front - and had been doing so for 15 minutes. When Anquetil lost contact, he had to ease the pace, wait for his partner to go by, push him powerfully in the back, sprint to the front again after losing 10 yards in the process, and again settle down to a 30mph stint at the front. Altig did not this just once but dozens of times. 
Organisation is key, but it relies on individual members as much as it does the team. Most rides are capped at 25-30 people and operate on a buddy system; it’s a tried-and-tested method that works just as well on bigger runs and there’s a comprehensive briefing at the start of each ride to ensure that everyone knows what to do - this year’s season opener saw 170 riders take part and not a single one got lost. Members also wear a coloured armband for easy identification that contains their personal ICE (In Case of Emergency) information too. Although most runs are around 120 miles there’s the opportunity for weekends away as well as European tours – last year members racked up a collective 250,000 miles!