I’m not going to lie, I’m a slow guy. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be giving this any thought. I once was faster, but circumstances being what they are, now I’m slower. So here’s the lesson:
If you’re slow, own it. Understand it. Accept it.
Want to feel fast, ride with a Fred. On a club or team ride, you’re slow. You’ll be holding up the group for the most part, so know the course. That way they don’t have to wait for you. If you don’t know the course, make sure you have a friend in the group who knows it and who is willing to wait for you. Group/club rides typically have designated re-group stops and the group will not wait for you if you don’t where to turn.
The group will not wait for you to catch your breath when you get there, either. They roll when you get there.
The best thing you can do is keep up! That’s it.
If you’re fast, don’t be a dick.
There’s always someone faster. Sometimes you’re the hammer, sometimes you’re the nail. It happens to all of us.
Ride in the back from time to time with the slower riders. Have a conversation with them, ask how they’re doing, ask about they’re riding. They’ll appreciate it. Don’t tell them how fast you are or how many miles you’ve put in this week. They’ll think you’re a dick.
When waiting at the re-group spot for slow riders, make sure you wait until they get there. Wait at the designated spots. If there’s no designated spot, make one. Don’t wait at the top of each climb. The last thing we slow guys want to see is 20 riders circling like vultures at the top of a climb waiting for us to haul our fat carcasses up the hill; it’s disconcerting. Wait at the bottom: yes, we’re slow, but we want to keep our dignity. Give us a chance to catch our breath before we tell you how tough that climb was and how fast you climbed it.
If you have to wait at the top, then leave one poor soul there to wait for us. We’ll go with that person down to meet the rest of you.
Other than that, you should be good!