LittleGreyCat wrote:Riding together(ish) is a delicate balancing act.
I think the problems arise with the "ish" IMO better to either:
a) Ride together, in which case you should at least be in sight of each other, don't make a turn unless the following rider has seen you make it.
b) everyone knows the route and is expected to look after themselves. That doesn't mean you bugger off and leave someone with a problem, but neither would you be waiting or going back for them.
Here's a scenario - rider in front is well ahead and keen to get to a cafe, rider behind sees something of interest and stops to take a few photos, read the info board, have a look around. Rider in front thinks they may be in trouble and goes back for them - you're not going to stay friends for long! If you're doing a) it wouldn't arise, you'd either both stop or neither or b) the front rider wouldn't wait and the second rider wouldn't feel any obligation to hurry up as they were delaying their friends cafe stop.
I know which I prefer, but I'm not advocating one over the other, but if one thinks it's a) and the other b) it won't work and better to sort this out well before you set off!