I was in the ?second or ?third group to leave the store on Saturday.None of the usual "group captains" (Trevor/ Daryl etc. were on the ride)
My understanding on the Saturday ride is that its "no drop" to Sidney and that the pace is fairly easy.
This Saturday a group of folks decided to push the pace from Mt Doug and ended up dropping a number of folks who ended up riding on their own and had to take short cuts to get to the meet up at Sidney.
I rode to the front on a couple of occasions to inform the folks that their pace was a bit high and that they needed to steady to let the weaker riders back on, to no avail- "The group is too big", " Those up front think the pace is OK"," this is a similar pace to the last time" were the excuses.
In the end about 5 riders were dropped by the group despite efforts by myself and others to pull them back on at times.
The ride might have changed recently, but in my experience (about 5 years), this has never happened on a Wheelers ride (dropping folks on the ride to Sidney).
I may be out of line here, but to me it seemed very uncool.
If you feel the group is too big, announce it and make a split so that the weaker riders can have company out to Sidney, dont try and drop people to whittle down the group. (until you get to Lands End road)
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