6 November 2012: Vor der Rolle sein

6 Nov: vor der Rolle sein from kate hers on Vimeo.

Location: Peterborough, NH

Word or Expression: Vor der Rolle sein

Closest English Translation: to have lost it

Literal Translation: To be before the cylinder

Origin: This expression comes from Motorbike sports, more specifically motor-paced racing, in which the motorist covers up in high speed long distance up to 100 km in the wind-shadow of another motorbike. The Motorist tries to be as close as possible to the other’s cylinder in order to profit from the wind shadow. However if the distance is too great, the motorist is then, “vor der Rolle” and too confused or not concentrated enough.

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