Start Your Ride With 15 People & Painstakingly Return Alone
Dash out of the starting point about 2-3 miles faster than the maximum ride pace. Two of your riders decide to go off at their own pace. You may tell them you will slow down, but they won’t believe you, because they have heard that before.
Tire yourself out from the above and slow down the ride pace. Three more riders decide that, at this pace, they will get home after THE GAME starts, and that is not acceptable.
Add lots of hills and climbing that have been added just for the sake of climbing hills and four more riders will decide that you are truly a machochist. You are down to six riders, because they are having fun on all the hills.
Stop for a lunch break. Invariably one or two people will not want to stop and sit for 20-40 minutes and will continue on. Four riders left.
One rider gets a flat. Everyone stops to help, but it is getting late. He or she tells you not to wait, they will get back on their own.
Three miles to go and Larry leaves. He had ridden to the start from his house and is going directly back.
One mile from the end of the ride YOU decide to climb that one last hill, because it is there, and the one person remaining with you. That one person, my wife, decides I am truly nuts and takes the flat cutoff.
Arrive back at the start by yourself.
Just another almost successful group ride.
To be a perfect success we need one change.
You need to start from YOUR home and never return to the start of the ride.
If none of that works, you still have the following options:
Tell the weaker rider(s) that the ride will be fast, hilly and long, before you start
If any riders go off the front, change the route and add a turn. If they call you, claim you have no idea where you are, you just know where the turns are.
Tell the stronger riders you are feeling out of sorts and may cut the ride short.
Stop a lot to look at your gps while you scratch your head.
Ask , frequently, does anyone know if we go left or right here?