A relatively small group of 15 or so riders gathered at Grinder for an early eastern adventure.
The initial pace was pretty fast (moving speed of 33-34 km/h I'd guess), but steady, and the group seemed to be riding within their limits (e.g., those worried about overexerting themselves made sure they stayed within the pack and didn't try to take turns at the front.
Despite the pace, everyone was together until we approached the climbs on Rossland Road at Lakeridge Road. A series of blistering uphill attacks were launched, leaving only a small group of six (myself, Jeff N, Steve J, James, Bob, and Jason) to tackle the 120km distance at a Group 3/4 pace. The split was only about 4 km from the 100 km distance turnoff at Coronation, so I hope that group found their way and had a good ride.
James was an unfortunate casaulty of the rolling hills and vicious headwind, and turned back early. The rest of us took turns trying to put the hurt on for everyone else in the group, but we stayed together until our return.