|My roadie/commuter is ~20lbs of steely goodness.|
I must admit, being that this was my first real road ride (other than commuting to work and back), the ride was pretty tough. I was able to maintain a good cadence that kept me between 19-23 mph and I ended up leading for most of the ride. Because it would hurt to slow on the hills, I powered up each one with everything I had, only to find that I had left everyone behind and then had to wait for them. A couple of riders were having a tough time keeping up, causing us to slow and wait. Eventually, we could see the 2nd 'B' group coming up behind us. I hope I did not sound like too much of a jerk when the two started to fall behind again and I was told we should wait for them...I replied, that they should just fall back to the 2nd group so we can ride on. Eventually we powered our way back to the church and finished the ride at an average of ~17.9. Definitely could have pushed harder, but then I also had plenty of rest time, so who knows. Maybe next time I try 'A' group, but I have a feeling that (as usual), I have no group, and will hopelessly by lost in some void between 'B' and 'A'. Maybe I can make a B+/A- group for others like me. Well, next time I will likely try the 'A' group, but they did average over 20mph. Oh well, you don't know until you try. At least I would be able to start the 'A' group ride with my steel framed brotha Jeremy. (until they drop me like a bad habit).
Lookin' forward to it.