And just to clarify, I'm ok with other folks riding faster than me. I just don't want to ride that fast, and there are others in the group who feel the same way. So, what I did tonight, was nothing sinister or with ill intention, I simply wanted to clarify that the B group needs to ride at a B group pace, and not feel like they have to chase down the A group which wants to ride faster.
I decided that the best way to get the groups to separate was to lead the A group. Understand that the A's are so driven and have trained to chase breakaways and they simply cannot stand for anyone to be up the road ahead of them. I decided that if none of the A's wanted to separate, I would roll out solo.
Sam announced that I was leading the A group, which obviously drew a lot of questioning stares and funny comments. I rolled out and about 10 guys followed. The B's were to leave a few minutes after.
I took the front of the train and held a steady pace on the parkway. We rolled the couple of miles to the first downhill to the creek then the climb up to the I-26 bridge. I sat up a little, kept a high cadence and slowly drifted to the back of the pack. And then I really backed off. I mentioned to a couple of people not to wait for me if I didn't make it over the top. I let a gap form, and let it grow. A couple of cars came up behind me and I waved them around. They came around and were slowed by the group ahead. I hid behind the cars until the group was out of sight. Then I sat up and waited for the B's to catch me. The plan had worked out perfectly.
Again, no offense was intended, only to make a statement that " A's are A's and B's are B's, A's are welcome to ride a B pace, but please respect that we don't want to ride an A pace".
Only a few minutes later they came into view with Kevin Hessler pulling the train. The dude is strong. The rest of the ride was spent at a mostly B pace, with some rotating pace lines and the obligatory sprints.
Oddly enough, today's average was slower that Sam and my Team Time Trial average from last week.
|Kevin, dropping in my draft to recover a little bit.|