landsurfer wrote:Why is anyone leading rides ?
Are these rides for children ?
Why would any group of adult cyclists need a Leader ?
What do they do ...?
This is genuinely baffling, i ride in groups all the time .... but no one is the leader .... The faster ones tend to be in front, they get to T junctions first to allow them to argue over the route, the slower ones catch up and tell the squabblers which direction to go ...
Pretty normal for cyclists.
But Leaders ...... no, don't see how that works...
A well led ride won't have riders stopping and waiting at T junctions, I see groups doing it all the time, often foolishly spread out all over the road. Neither will such a ride have any need for arguments and squabbling, but if that's the sort of thing that makes riders happy, there's plenty of groups to cater for them.
In a CTC sense, leading is a lot more than what goes on while out on the road, the T is for Touring and even on a day ride the what and the where is an important part of it. If you're lucky the leader will have come up with something more than a ride down familiar roads to the usual cafe.