My wife and I completed our first organized ride last Saturday. The ride was 45 miles of rolling hills with three larger sized hills thrown into the mix. We did well and finished the ride comfortably as we took our time in the first hot day of the year. The ride was the Seattle areas "Flying Wheels" ride. We had a great time but here are a few minor things that we noticed:
1. As a Clyde, do I really need to hear "on your left" from every rider in a "pace line" that whooshes passed me? I understand an individual, but it gets a little irritating for 1000+ riders to pass you and every time have to hear "on your left" - it was constant and irritating when a little tired.
2. The finish line did not exist - just a "photo-op" type finish line erected off to one-side. We weren't sure if we had finished or not.
3. Some of the skinny "amateur-pro's" are a$$es. Shouting instructions on road etiquette to a 300lb guy trying his best to get up a 7% grade hill in 80 degree weather (road empty except for him and me - no danger). Talk about big fishes in a small pond.
4. $6-8 hot dogs at the finish line and no competition
These are minor annoyances, it WAS a lot of fun to get out there and be with other riders. I was just wondering does this sound the norm for an organized run?