ride report and a few group ride questions
Well, yesterdays ride was scheduled to be 16.5 miles, easy pace, lots of stops, it didnt happen. I took over hosting the group ride for newbies and for some people who just wants to do a short ride, and it happens every other weekend. Well I show up to the meeting location not really wanting to ride, and there are 10 people there. Only a couple were triathletes on their ride, and the rest were there for my ride. Group was filled with experienced riders, so no easy pace, no stops, and no 16.5 miles. The ride started out, with alot of tension between a couple of riders, and I understand after this ride why. So we get going, and one rider who rode some earlier in the day turned around at around mile 5 in the ride, the rest kept going. Get to the rest spot 15 miles into the ride, refill water bottle, and take a quick break. 2 riders, decide to go back the way we just rode, and the 3 of us, decided to keep going. We were talking about the ways to get back to the meeting spot, and we were discussing mileages on the ways to get back. Well I had plans to meet my sister for lunch, so I need to be back into town by a certain time. Well one of a riders who I never met before, recommended that we take a road I have never rode before and said it was just a couple miles longer but was safer to ride because the state roads do not have shoulders and there is a lot of traffic on them. Well that was a load of bull crap. We ended up riding 16 extra miles, rode on a road that this guy said was dangerous and he wanted to avoid. His motivation on taking those road so he could get in some miles for himself and it was on his way home. If I would have known that I would have broke off and rode back by myself.
The ride was nice, but I have no respect for people who mis lead people for their own gains.
I averaged 13.4 mph and there was quite a few hills, they kept going and going and going.
I think I would have enjoyed the ride more if I knew what I was getting into. I didnt bring anything to eat during the ride, and only had water with me. I learned that I need to start bringing food with me no matter what we have planned to ride, cause it can always change.
Well since I am through ranting, I have a couple of questions as being the host of a couple group rides. I am the youngest of the riders, most are 50+ years and are veteran riders, and I do not feel as what I am saying has any effects on the group. A couple of problems we have are people stopping in the middle of the road and almost causing wrecks. Another is not letting people know when there are cars coming, not letting people know when they are about to pass you and one thing that gets me is riding right next to me real close. It wasnt real bad when there was only a few of us who rides regularly together. Now we are having 7-10 riders on the weeknight ride and that seems to be where the majority of the problems happens. I would like to have a pre ride meeting and discuss these issues before someone gets hurts during a ride. I do put in my emails, that I am not responsible for any rider than myself, is that enough to really cover me incase someone gets hurts? Should I get a waiver for everyone to sign? I like riding in the group, but it seems to starting to become a hassle with the riders. What have yall done or what would yall do in this situation?