Join Date: May 2010
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Up here for group rides there is always a "Road Captain" or "Ride Captain" the leads the ride. If you have inexperienced riders, they ride in the middle of the group and towards the rear. The group is always followed by another experienced rider that pulls up, or "marshals" the rear. In larger groups experienced riders get interspersed to keep the group together. In a pre-ride discussion these riders are defined and their roles are established. Everyone else gets to ride and enjoy the scenery.
Of course, this is not universal. We often see larger groups of morons who don't know about riding in groups, putting themselves and others at risk. I think riding schools need to spend some time on such things and such schools need to be mandatory. JMHO
I will not ride in a disorganized group. I will simply fall back and ride solo then. In 2014 on our Sturgis trip we met a guy from Chicago. Nice guy, riding a, Ultra Classic. Terrible rider to follow. He didn't know how to ride twisties smoothly, and would not follow the pace set by the Captain and those in front if him. I just couldn't enjoy riding that way so I fell back to the rear where I could leave enough gap to ride a smoother style. On subsequent rides if I wasn't in front of him, I'd choose to ride last.
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