Nice to see all the new faces. I took a skills group of 3 riders and myself through a variety of basics(which aren't so basic when you try to do them on demand!) and they all came out better riders. I think they all enjoyed their ride and now can build on what they learned today for future rides. Thank you guys.
IMPORTANT: Please read - It has been brought to my attention that there were a couple groups that had a hard time staying together and there were some individuals that made judgements that, depending on the circumstances, could have put the entire group at risk.
Here are some of the notes:
1. Single file, means one behind the other - no side by side riding.
2. Intersection Crossing - Turning, making a light etc. - If you are at the front you have to check to make sure your immediate group can make it, if they can't it is your job to call the "STOP". The flip side is also hold true. If you are behind the lead rider, DO NOT PASS to MAKE A LIGHT!!! I don't know how else to write that. It is so crucial that you keep the group's safety in mind at all times. This leads me to the next point
3. Group riding means that you ride in the group and stick with the weakest rider to maintain the pace(depending on the pace group you picked) that is manageable for all. This means that if you are feeling good, keep a steady pace and check for other riders behind you to ensure you are keeping the correct pace and keep the group cohesiveness intact. If you are struggling, please communicate your condition(ie to fast, to slow) to the other riders so they can maintain a good steady pace for all. The exception to this is if there are riders in the group that are riding at their limit and are getting dropped on the hills etc. If you can not hold the pace of the specified group, PLEASE Drop back to the next group and follow through with the same suit.
Remember: it works both ways....Improving your riding doesn't necessarily mean riding fast. Riding the dictated pace can also be equally as difficult. - BOTTOM LINE: Whenever you ride out of your comfort zone, you are building your skill-set. Ask me in person, and I will explain if you are interested.
All in all a great day, sunny, and I think everyone, at least the people I spoke to, had a good ride. Sorry if I'm coming across stern, but nipping these issues at the bud(early in the season), makes for a more enjoyable season for all:-)
Thanks for the support, and if we keep the few safety point and etiquette in mind, it will be an amazing season.