Hi Everybody -- I'm new here, and have enjoyed reading the various threads. I don't know how many of you are 60+, but I started cycling at age 62 and am now 68. I become head of a bike group called the Ozark Roadies. I never intended to be in this position, but a couple people riding with me told some others, and then they told some others, and now we have 40+people on the email list for our Saturday rides. We typically have 15-25 people on our rides, and we do different rides every Saturday which I plan, sometimes ending with lunch and a great social time. The average speed is 14-15 mph and mileage is usually 40+. Most of the rides are in hilly terrain.
We are a group that rides for fun, fitness and social connection with like-minded people, and our ages range from 30's to 60's (I'm probably the oldest). It is great fun. We have attracted a lot of new riders this year who are much younger and faster. We have a no-drop policy and regroup frequently for slower riders. Since we have these new faster, younger riders, I am having more difficulty being in the lead group. I don't want this speed/age thing to detract from my enjoyment of riding. I am never very far behind the faster riders, but sometimes it is frustrating not to be "leading" and yet I know I cannot keep up with them. Evidentally it is not a problem for them because they keep coming back, and telling others about the group. And, I know this is making me a better cyclist. Am I making too much of this?