NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
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Yes, this is especially dangerous. First ? Who organizes the ride? Is there one person that's in charge? If so, ask him to (or do it yourself) pull the rider aside and talk to them privately. Or, have the group leader give some "helpfull" tips before the next group ride.
Many new riders would love to be instructed on how to ride the proper way. Yes, there are some who think they're perfect, but when you're in a pack, you've got to follow the pack rules. If there aren't any, make some!!
We've got a similar ride down here. Lots of beginners and lots of people that ride like beginners. I'd say something, but the ride is sponsored by a LBS, not the one I work for, so I keep my mouth shut to avoid a conflict. No one is in charge and the fast riders hate the pack, so they blow off the front. Everyone else tries to keep up (and can't) and start riding above their ability. There is no paceline and it's just chaos.
There use to be a ride down here which you had to be invited to ride. Before the ride, the leader (or senior riders) would explain to the group what was expected and what the pace and distance would be. New riders we then pulled off to the side and given some hints and shown what to do privately so they wouldn't be embarrased. Usually whoever invited you, became your mentor. Beginners were also told if they couldn't pull through then just grab a wheel off the back and hang on. New riders were given a 5 ride grace period of no pulling through and a 30 day probation. If you couldn't follow the rules, you were asked to not return. There were very few accidents and the learning curve was fast, and the level of riders advanced tremendously.
Ask some of your senior riders to say something to the group or privately to the individual riders. If no one else will, do it yourself. It'll be safer for everyone.
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