Sperm behaves like a cycling peloton, claim scientists

Scientists show that sperm adopt peloton-like behavior for less resistance in adverse conditions

Sperm cluster
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As it turns out, our little swimmers are just like us, drafting off one another to encounter less resistance and save some energy for the, uhm, finish line.

It’s not too common for anything relating to the sport of cycling to move beyond endemic publications or industries unless, of course, when referencing any form of doping. But a recent article in the New Scientist relied on cycling terminology to explain the movement of sperm.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.