I was hoping that this post was going to be along the lines of “it was good to get out on my bike again, now that my diet is well underway, I’m losing weight steadily and feel that I can up the exercise level”, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to disappoint.
It started out well, and, as the route below shows, it was along some familiar lanes and through pleasant countryside. However…..
I think I can best sum it up by quoting from my email to Brian:
Just about recovered from yesterday – would probably have been OK if I hadn’t missed so many rides over the past few months. My computer was showing 11.9mph when I left you and had dropped to 11.7mph when I got home (thanks to Dave for letting me sit on his wheel until Myddle). I dread to think what impression an (inexperienced) newcomer would have got – are we out on a ride as a club or just as a bedraggled procession?Some of those out yesterday were obviously after a B ride (even though they were clearly well over that – their average must have been more than mine since they were stopped for longer, waiting for the stragglers). If that is the case, can we not persuade them find a leader and to go off on a separate ride, possibly meeting up at lunch?
…you have identified an issue that I have been banging on about for ages and you are right. My problem yesterday as leader was keeping everyone on the right route having to ride up and down a “bedraggled procession” to do so. It got worse after you left us to the extent that, at one time, I chased after the leading group for nearly half a mile and up a steady slope to get them to stop at the next junction. I was at the junction first, two of them carried on anyway, so I sent the other two with them and waited for the other group to catch up and slowly rode to Upton Magna with *****, who was knackered, and *****. ***** and ***** both stayed with *****, and I thanked them for that, enabling me to keep going up and down the line. ***** did cut off home, leaving *****, *****, ***** and me to get to Upton Magna. ***** and ***** (both fairly new) just want to push on both unwilling to wait at junctions for slower riders.
I didn’t read your comments as a moan but articulating the current position of some rides, and the only answer seems to be ***** taking off the, so-called, faster riders wanting to do their own thing and not be part of a group. Apart from ***** taking a group off, I don’t know the answer and I am happy to do it sometimes, but, actually, I prefer to ride as a group/social ride. I can go out two or three times a week on my own, going as fast as I like and as many hills as I like, I wish others would do the same.
This subject has arisen at Committee Meetings repeatedly over the past few years, and no-one has come up with an effective solution. However, I shall be at the Ride Fixing Meeting next week and intend leading some rides again. However, when I’m down to lead a C ride, don’t expect me to inform the group of the route, to wait at junctions for riders who’ve gone the wrong way, or even to change the route at short notice! I wait to see if that will have any effect….
Oh, and by the way, it was meant to be a C ride, 9-11mph average speed.