I have a question regarding what is considered proper on a race training group ride.
Here is the situation:
Group training ride, 20-30 people. Due to daylight fading fast, it's only going to be an hour, maybe an hour and a half long. I rode out to it, so I'm getting my 2+, no problem. We start later than advertised, which irks me some to be burning daylight, but not a big deal.
Start out, get going at a decent pace. I've done this group ride before, but always on Tuesday nights for some reason, not Thursday nights. Tuesday night always has attacks thrown up the road, and regroupings at each major intersection along the way.
Not wanting to be a d!ck and start things too early, or at all if not appropriate, I ask the guy who is leading the ride what the general format of the ride is. He was less than helpful, with his response basically telling me to do whatever I want. A little dismissive in his tone. I did not appreciate this.
So, when I take my turn at the front, and gradually ramp it up to a good hard clip, I flick the elbow to indicate the international sign for "come around me, damn it." Only the person next to me decides that he isn't going to give me some draft, but ride next to me. Now, I am not part of this club, so maybe this is the standard format. Maybe everyone pulls with someone next to them until they feel like pulling off, rotation be damned. Well, as no one had explained this to me, and the guy next to me felt himself above the task, I decided to whatever the hell I felt like doing.
I proceeded to half-wheel the next three people in line. Finally, two people had the stones to actually take a pull and come around me. Of all the people there, it was a girl who I know to be a freshman in HIGH SCHOOL, and another high school dude. They suffered, but they did it in a respectable fashion (like one would expect in...shock...a race), and I made sure to nod my appreciation as they fell back through the line, which had now started to rotate, and I moved back. I made a mental note to look out for that girl in future women's P/1/2/3 races, because she was just as strong as the Cat1/2 girls I know.
So my question is this: if you are in a supposed race-prep training ride, and someone knows what an elbow flick means, yet refuses to pull through, is it ever appropriate to work them over? If they want to have a pissing contest pulling the group, is it appropriate to go along, knowing you'll win?