Bowi wrote:Got to the café to enjoy the discussion that the rabbits were going at hound pace today.
Indeed. I called out a couple of times for the pace to be brought back to rabbit pace but without any success, apart from a brief slowdown after passing the mice at Springvale Rd (1).
The rabbits started quickly, stretched into single file, and along Whitehorse Rd broke apart almost completely for a while, with riders falling off the back in a steady stream. Lights brought some of us together again but it was quick throughout, with a too-early finish.
Several rabbits should be riding with the hounds, that is for sure. The group should stick together, not string out and fall apart.
Not a fun Rabbit ride this morning. Several newer folks (newer to me at least) seemed to lead the charge and did not heed any calls to check their pace. I fell off the back before Springy1 (as I was not intent on going into the red before Amy's ride on Sunday), but caught the group at the lights.
Bowi wrote:The peloton hit some timber left courtesy of a tradies ute, and we were lucky not to have any offs; I hit a piece of timber full on, as no one at the back knew what was coming, no calls, no signals...
Similar story for me after rolling with the group from Springy 1 lights - crossing the intersection, my front wheel hit something (sounded like glass as I heard a smash after I hit it), but never saw it since I was 10th or so back and was watching the rider in front of me. No call, no indication that there was anything to look out for, but it had been there before I hit it so the 8 - 10 or so riders in front of me saw it before I hit it.
Faintly heard hissing meant I had punctured, so I called out, quite loudly I thought, "FLAT!" (trying to take everyone's advice to make sure people heard or saw you after a flat). The only rider to respond was Irish John who said something I could not understand (My hope: "Do you need some help" to which I replied "Yes"; Actual was probably "Are you OK" to which i replied "Yes" and Irish John rolled on to try to keep up with the Hound-bits).
Sat down on the sidewalk, changed the tube, my CO2 worked about 1/2 way, and I rolled the rest of the way home at about 40-50 psi on the front tyre (vs. 100-110 normally). So no coffee for me (on a day I normally would have the time...)
I would echo AndrewB's thoughts - several folks in the group should have hung around for the hounds, but more importantly, even though Tuesday's and Thursdays are "fast days", the MRR is NOT a race - it is a group ride 1st where people like to go fast on Tuesdays and Thursdays. That said, looking out for people in the group should be first priority for most people, rather than looking out for ones self while trying to hang onto the wheel in front of you. Please keep going fast, but first and foremost do it safely (call out for holes, debris, etc., watch for people who might fall off the back and maybe decide it's better to help them vs. going for a KOM that day, etc.)
I will say there were fewer "regulars" in the rabbit group this morning which may have contributed, as I only saw myself, Irish John, AndrewB, HH, Bianchi (who contemplated waiting for Hounds), and maybe 1 other regular who could help reign in the group. That said, we could have (and some of us did) back off the pace and re-form a smaller group before Springy 1 that perhaps could have stayed together if we had not caught the group at the lights (and I had not punctured).