Of course lots of roadies out in the countryside may well mean lots more motor miles as they drive to their rides.
Isn't this just the snobbery of the old-school cyclist who thinks that everyone should cycle everywhere?
Our club ride used to meet on the edge of the suburbs and we'd ride out as a group along the main road. But the main road got busier and we found we were causing a nuisance. So now we meet 5 miles out of town and people ride out individually. Quite a few drive out to the new meeting place. We normally do a 40 mile round trip from the start point. Stronger riders can cope with the extra 5-8 miles at the start and end of each ride. Newer and more elderly riders cannot, so they drive out. Nothing wrong with that as far as I can see.