This tip is the third of three submitted by one of our “Team Elders” who has seen it all. He thought it was an excellent time to remind everyone what TeamCBC was, and should be, all about.
- The word GAP comes to mind. If you hear this, pass it up to the front. That is your cue to slow it down. If you keep hearing “gap,” slow down some more. If the front runners do not slow down, it’s up to you to back it off until the problem is resolved.
- If you are having trouble and decide you will drop back to the next group or take a shortcut, be sure to tell more than just one rider that is what you are doing. If someone tells you they are dropping out, tell the ride leader, so we don’t need to send out a search party later. I feel it is essential that on a group ride, no one rides alone; someone should volunteer to escort that person back to go or to the Sag Master.
- The posted rest stops are there for all our comfort. Early in the season, it may be appropriate to skip one if all is well with everyone, but if someone needs to stop, stop. As the season progresses, hydration is crucial. The rest stops are where I see most riders dumping half liters down instead of drinking while riding. Keep the rest stop as short as possible, allowing for a nature call and the like. Then, you can catch up on the gossip when you get back to home base. Always plan to stop where the Sag Master is positioned. Nuff said.
- On last quarter of the ride is where the trouble ramps up. If the pace was a bit much early on, the line starts to string out. So back it off a couple of mph. Remember, they did not put the brewery at the bottom of the hill.
Thanks, “Team Elder,” for your wisdom.