I'm new to this forum (couple of weeks) and have found it very informative and entertaining. I have a question regarding passing a large group ride.
A couple of months ago, I was riding solo (95% of the time) and I spotted a large group of riders (20-30) about a half mile in front of me so I kicked it in gear and caught the group. Once I got there I did not really know what to do. The group was riding around 24-25 mph and I was sitting in the rear coasting. It felt kind of awkward so I decided to pass the bunch. Since it was such a large group it was spread out pretty good so I shifted down a gear and held my line as I passed them with a steady, but increasing tempo. I never got out of the saddle, attempted to sprint or even go to the drops. I didn't make eye contact, just held my line and passed them all. I knew I was going pretty good since my heart was pumping. I kept it up to get some separation, looked down at the computer and to my suprise I was doing 35-36mph. By far the fastest I've ever gone on a flat road with no wind (slight head wind if anything on the way to the beach in Irvine). Adreneline is a crazy thing. I didn't even turn around until about a mile later at a red light. Apparently one guy jumped my wheel and was behind me the whole time.
For those of you that ride in groups, how do you feel about people passing you or even sitting on the rear. I wasn't trying to show up the group (well maybe a little), I just felt unconfortable drafting in the back of a bunch of strangers.
Since I ride alone most of the time, part of the fun is catching other riders and passing them, although most of the time solo riders. That's what motivates me to push myself.
Should I acknowledge the group as I go by? Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?