Today our club ride was a bit light on riders. Whatever the reason we only had five riders at the start of the ride but by the end we were down to two. About ten minutes before we got to our coffee break the wind came up. We were about 12 miles from home and obviously the front was moving in for the predicted rain tomorrow or the next day. By the time we finished our coffee, whatever the other guy was drinking, and my cliff bar the wind was blowing about 10MPH with a few gusts a bit higher. The wind was blowing almost due west and we had to make a choice of the most direct route home or somewhere we could get some shielding from the wind. The two of us simply could not exceed more than 11-14 mph at any one time. It seemed a lot stronger than when we left the coffee shop. The other rider was a lot stronger than me so he ended up pulling or at least blocking almost all the way home. Every time I tried to pull up in front the wind would almost stop me and we would end up going slower. It may not have been as hard as a climb for 40 minutes but I believe I was just as tired. Did I mention my average speed typically is about 16 to 17 MPH?