Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: The OTHER South Bay, CA
Re: Run for the Hills and then Walk Back
Depends on the group.
I've seen some very well-managed ones, and some that depended more on luck than management skill.
If I'm leading a group (as I have on occasion, typically 3-6 scooters), I make sure I brief the route ahead of time, don't outrun the group, and provide for opportunities to regroup if the pack gets split by traffic, lights, or technically-challenging roads. The goal is to get everyone to the destination safely and in good spirits (and on time, if there's a deadline), and back home again. The bottom line, for me, is that I'm not in front because I'm the most awesome rider, I'm in front because I know a good way to get to where we're going.
I've been left behind as sweep rider before (sometimes with a bunch of other riders also left behind...) it's not particularly pleasant, but much better than having a blown stop light turn into a blue-light special, and infinitely better than the results of someone riding beyond their skills or their bike's limits.
Not all who wander lack GPS.