Super Sunny Fall Saturday Ride...


I found the groups I rode with had great cohesion and communication.  Steve, thanks for taking on the faster group.  Guys/gals that helped out on the Zoo Loop... Much appreciated! 

I heard that the fast Stouffville group ran into some angry drivers.  Let's make sure to maintain a tight double paceline on the single lane roads.  I have been observing that groups, in general, are getting sloppy from time to time.  Trust the rider in front of you, keeping your eyes at the jersey pockets, but look ahead and keep your peripheral on the wheel distance(proximity)/overlap(half wheeling).  If you keep alert, you will be able to help maintain a streamline, predictable group.


As a driver, it is not a great visual as you approach a group of cyclists that are staggered(in/out) in a group.  It makes it difficult to get around(pass) the group safely.  This can lead to "buzzing" and close calls.  We can't control all situations, but being predictable can help diminish the frequency of negative car/driver interactions.


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Comment by chris andrews on September 29, 2012 at 8:21pm

i was in the fast group and we were tight - the 2 cars involved were just complete jerks as there was no traffic on the road - the second one was beyond stupid as he/she passed just as we approached a blind 90 degree 20 km/hour turn and nearly lost control of the car - can only imagine the outcome if there had been another car coming the other way. Dan's advice is sound as we need to minimize the risks involved with biking on the highway but always stay alert as things sometimes will not go as expected...

Comment by Jeff N on September 30, 2012 at 3:25pm

Thankfully our group missed this wreckless driving.   From my point of view, our group rode very well most of the time, we stayed mostly together, when splits occurred the group or parts of the group would slow so nobody was alone or left behind.  Coffee was good, the ride back had tailwind, and the sun was shining, sounds good to me. 

Thanks to Ian for the joint effort down Ressor's, woo hoo, it was quick! 

Dan's comments are good advice.  Smooth riding and holding a line lets us ride safer, closer together and get some benefit from drafting.

Comment by Paul van Dongen on October 1, 2012 at 5:38pm

A great ride up to Stouffville. Was a treat to duck down into the Guild for a change too. And for any part I played in the promise of post-ride apple fritters, I'm sorry to have let you down! I can assure you that the date square I enjoyed was a tasty consolation prize.

Indeed, I too have noticed a bit of a lack of clarity within groups of late. Of course, it happens as groups get larger, when groups contain riders with differing abilities, and later on when people start to fatigue. A (tight) double pace line is (usually) better than a single. Because it's wider it's difficult for drivers to pass, but I don't think as dangerous as a single line over twice as long. And I find the more space we give cars, the even more they want to take. We must act collectively as one slower moving vehicle, our brains on a similar wavelength. Of course, we can't do much about jackass drivers on the road, except to remember plate numbers, perhaps ride with two-way helmet cams, and although this one is rather difficult, reason with them as politely as possible.

That's it.

Comment by Mike McInnis on October 1, 2012 at 8:45pm

Thanks for the reminders Dan. I like the idea of predictability to improve the odds.

I'll third Chris & Andrew in saying that the group wasn't doing anything wrong when those incidents occurred with the fast group.

I don't think the 90 degree turn guy was upset with us, he just made an extremely poor driving decision. Unfortunately, he reminded me of how I used to drive as a teenager.

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