I am predisposed by temperament to ride alone but have been tempted by reading about the joys of group riding. However, when I come upon these groups when our riding I get the feeling I am missing nothing.
This morning, for example, I came across a group ride about 20k into a 45k loop and it was constructed of about 20 riders cruising at about 30 kph over pretty flat terrain - they were just cruising mostly soft pedaling - taking up the whole lane - obstructing traffic without concern and certainly not leaving any room for another rider to slip by without braving oncoming traffic. I had to tuck in behind for 10 minutes waiting for them to pick it up a bit. When it was obvious they were not going to pick it up I managed to squeeze by.
Group dominated by two or three alpha males who clearly were much stronger than companions but were cruising along awaiting short Strava segments? before making any effort whatsoever. The ride did not even look like a workout - as a Clyde the workout part is pretty important to me.
To me the attraction of the group would be the extra speed not the less effort. Am I missing anything? Or am I just ok out there on my own. This was clearly not the A ride (I'm not A ride ready yet) but the drop off from A to next level pretty steep.