Well last night I thought I would try riding in one of the local group rides. I rode down to the meeting point, 9 miles away btw, and told them I was new and wanted to try riding in a group. They were all nice and said welcome. I knew the leader of the "B" group from way back and had not seen him since way back either so I was going to hang with the "B" group.
The "A" train was looking pretty spiffy with full kit and all and some impressive bikes to boot. Anyway we took off for a 25 mile ride. The A-train went ahead and the B-boys started to hang back as expected. Well as I rode I started to think I was maybe in the wrong group as I was having to reign myself in as to not drop these guys. It was a good ride pace but as the hills came I was dropping them and waiting . The longer we rode the more I was having to wait around for them.
I am not too good and leading and when I got in front my pace shot up and I dropped them, I didn't want to but it just happened as I was still riding what I thought was slower than I normally would have if solo. I slowed down, way down, to let this one guy catch up and we went in as a pair. The rest of the B-Boys were nowhere to be seen.
At one point near the end I heard someone yell coming by, it was a foursome of the A-Train guys blasting by. Not sure why they were behind us , maybe they took a longer route? I was thinking of trying to catch them but at that point I was riding pretty slow to let that lone B-boy to catch up before we headed in together and I was thinking no I will wait for him and stay in the B group as planned.
Not sure I was all that keen on group riding but it was my first time and maybe next time I will go with the A-Train and see how I hang with those guys, I am sure I will be the one getting dropped but it could be interesting to see when.