Thanks for coming out to the Saturday Ride. Welcome to all the new riders. Veteran BCC'ers hope you had a good ride.
To the Veteran Riders:
My fault for not filling you on what was doing. Told Shedd to hold a pace, but he didn't hear me, so the group split. I tried to regroup the group from the back and it worked, so kept the new rider group together with Dave at the front to the end. Thanks for all the help with keeping everyone together in the first half of the ride. D.
To the New Riders:
Good work on trying to keep together. I took the speed up a little to see how everyone was going to manage. What I noticed is that as the speed increased, the group cohesion started to come apart(that's normal for riders new to group riding). We managed to keep it together so that was good.
Some things to remember in group riding, from today's observations:
1. Keep your eyes on the road at all times, stay focused even though you're chatting with the person beside you.
2. If you're talking to the person beside you, that's cool, but call out and signal where possible.
3. Keep the distance as close as you feel comfortable - this will eliminate an accordion effect. As you experienced today, windy conditions really make it difficult to ride and being close and together can really help. This also serves to be more defined to cars and other traffic.
4. Adjust your gearing to allow you to ride the pace behind another rider without being on the brakes - if you have to be on the brakes means that you should be on a lower/easier gear, and run a higher cadence.
Sorry I didn't do the skills component this week. Next week I will host a formal skills segment, because I still think it's still important you all go through the basic fundamentals. I hope you(new riders to the BCC) will attend. It'll make you more comfortable in the group on the road. See ya in a week.