There are many aspects about pacelines. Let's start with PACE and LINE ...
Pace -- maintain a constant pace. That's pretty simple. On the flats keep the pace constant so those in line can follow easily without the slinky effect. Rollers will cause the pace to decrease as the constant pace shifts to constant effort (i.e. down-shift as necessary on the up-side).
Line -- means ONE or TWO lines (otherwise known as a double paceline). This certainly infers no triples, halfsies, gaps, or anything other than cyclists in-line, making good use of the draft that develops.
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