New ride times and groups for NBCC Sunday Ride, commencing 20 Jan 2013
6am - Juniors - The Chinos Group - (no coffee allowed, but chocolate a must on frothy milk)
0600 - 24-26kph The Affogato Group (coffee with a dollop of ice-cream)
0615 - 27-29kph The Macchiato Group (coffee with a drop of milk)
0625 - 30-32kph The Espresso Group (strong coffee)
0630 - 33kph+ The Stretto Group (espresso with less water, rocket fuel)
We need Group Leaders for all groups except for Stretto, this group will be everyman for themselves.
The role of Group Leaders is to maintain group etiquette, i.e. pace is maintained, all mechanical's are supported by at least one other rider or the group, and nobody is left behind. Riders stay in their group, and if they want to open it up they get their chance on the homeward leg from the second last roundabout.
So if you would like to be a Group Leader please volunteer.
Why the change? We are experiencing "grade creep" where the average pace of groups is rising. Also some riders are opting to ride in easier groups, only to punish the true-pace grade riders. These latter riders, who are doing the right thing, end up getting dropped and riding solo. So we have moved away from grade names (A, B, C etc) and choosing names that reflect our social nature. Peer pressure will be used to gang-press riders grade-creep serial offenders! They will be fined in coffee also. Make mine an Espresso.