This morning I decided to try the Group that starts out from the centre of town for a ride. Two groups and The person I first started talking to said no problem as His group was just going out for about 40 miles to take in a few hills. Decided to join this group as there were one or two fit riders about and I did not want to get slaughtered. I had previously tried the fast group on my mountain bike on knobblies and to be honest- I did not enjoy the ride. SO out with the old group. Only 3 others Frank- Les and Dave. Aged as I later found out 68, 74 and 75.
As we pulled away- I looked at the bikes. All tourist types but Looked at the Granny rings- 28 or less and the rear cassettes had large rings on them that must be around 34t. That should have given me a warning that the hills were not going to be slopes. These were hills. 15% to 20%- not long but plenty of them and on country lanes that did not allow a great amount of speed to give you a run at them. You come round a sharp bend and there it is- and you are in big ring and where's the granny gone? Speed on the flat was not too great but they all knew how to ride. Any advantage in the terrain and they were gone. Luckily I am am younger and have a more modern bike- but they had the experience and the low gears.
We finished up at a cafe in a tourist village and although very nice and twee- they did not do breakfast. If they did I probably could not have afforded it looking at the menu so just had coffee and fruit cake. Have to admit that I enjoyed the ride and I have to marvel at the way they rode the hills. I did not struggle- Could have wished for a bit more speed on the flat but they made me work to stay with them.
Pic attached but shortly after this I left them as I was running out of time.
Thanks lads for a good ride and I will be out with you in the future- whenever I feel like being worked over- Again.