Finally made it to one of these rides, have been considering it since this thread was started.
4:30 alarm hurt me, but the traffic was good, so good that I took the quicker option into town and rode in Plenty rd. Arrived at Peak Cycles a few minutes early, but not too early as to start freezing.
Was expecting a good sized bunch, you know, say 20 riders
. At a guess I'd say there was probably twice that, maybe more? Ride was a fairly cruisy sort of pace, with heaps of regroups. First time out so I was fairly content to sit in. Probably need to work on positioning a bit more, found myself boxed in on most of the climbs and was never really quite sure where the hard bits were meant to be (ie; when to push it). Friendly group of guys, and a few girls, mostly well behaved (drafting traffic on Main rd!!!).
Will be back, provided I can claw my way out of the doona