Over the last three years or so the club runs have got more popular and instead of having just one group, there tends to be three groups setting off. Depending on their availability, Edward usually leads the most beginner-friendly group on a relatively short and easy-paced ride (I think about 30 miles at 12-13mph?) and John the Pres usually leads a longer ride at a slightly higher pace (maybe 60-70 miles at 14mph?) which goes out, has a social cafe stop, and then returns. The ethos of both of these groups is that no one gets left behind. Then there has been the emergence of the 'fast group'. At first this was somewhat sporadic, as it depended on people not actually racing on that weekend, but as numbers have swelled this has become a more or less weekly occurrence. There is a 'LVCC Race Squad' group on Facebook where race plans etc. are discussed and some of the fast group rides are planned (to some extent) on there, but nothing terribly organised, just ad hoc. A discussion has started up about whether plans for the fast group rides should be more formalised. More to follow in the next post...
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