The chain reaction was -
G: "just as these thoughts were gathering momentum and starting to reach a critical mass of concern a side road appeared and, without really thinking through the consequences i ducked off into it with a shout of "well that's it, i'm done!" at which action others clearly started to think "heart attack?" "flat tyre" "suddenly urgent phone call?" at the cost of consternation i did end up riding behind pysberg, which as i mentioned the other day is the best position in the peleton. so my misadventure ended well."
HH: "although Gobsec's sudden departure off to the side as he was just infront of me was a timley reminder of the need not to drift off thinking about umbrella drinks on tropical islands on a cold morning ride"
Bowi: In a nice tight formation on HH's wheel, with a smooth but steady pace on the climb, suddenly noticing an unexpected and out-of-context braking manouvre by HH. Immediate, rapid increase in heart rate, jam on the brakes, certainty that a crash was imminent. Flashback memories of a broken collar-bone in a similar situation. Swerve, and then relief at not crashing.
Hearing Kaz's vocal reaction. Smirk.
Kaz: "Relief at not crashing into Bowi during Gobsecs seniors moment. "
For those playing at home, the 'opportunity for improvement' (the polite phrase used in continuous improvement speak) would have been no surprises and for a gradual easing of pace while remaining in the left lane. Then others could have passed the ailing rider at their leisure. We are all ok.
The Real D.