Maybe we can use this forum to discuss some opinions about our riding speed and dropping of riders who don’t keep up the pace. I know we all feel bad when someone drops from the group. But the temptation to push just a little faster, if you’re feeling strong, is really hard to resist for some. We are all out for friendship and exercise. But we’re at many different levels in our ability to ride so it’s not always easy to hang together in a total group peleton. I’ve noticed that some clubs post their weekly rides with a “no drops” disclaimer. Is that a hard and fast principal that we should establish? Or, as some of us discussed today over breakfast, should we always have a slower “no drops” group and a faster “all out” group? Chances are that we’d all re-join within 15 minutes of the destination point anyways. Perhaps the decision could be based on the number of riders that show up. For example, maybe a minumum of 3 riders per group could be the rule? If there are less than 6 riders in total it’s a given that it’s one group and no drops?
Anyways, it’s always fun for me, whether I’m up front or 10 minutes behind. I do want to be conscious of being open to new members though and I think it would be too bad if we got the reputation that either you have to pull at 32 KMPH or you can’t ride with MIT. What are your thoughts?