I would like to propose that at the end of a group ride, group workout - or perhaps even a race - there is a pop-up when the ride is saved asking the rider to rate the event and give feedback (perhaps structured feedback, if this is more appropriate).
I am getting increasingly despondent at the variability of group rides specifically and the false advertising that surrounds them - and I think it would be useful to collate feedback/ratings to evaluate this.
Some group rides I’ve joined have been excellent: a ride leader holding the advertised pace, a sweeper that helps people rejoin the blob from the back, clear comms and encouraging those at the front to ease up downhill to allow people to regroup etc.
Others have just been shambolic and end up just being a race. I rode an event today that was advertised as average 2.5 w/kg and looking at ZP, only 4 out of 53 people finished with a w/kg below that; most people were 3.0 - 3.2kg. People were attacking off the front, attacking on the climbs etc and then hammering it on the downhill, so it ended up not as a group ride at all.
I know that there is variability in these things, but I’m starting to see trends and think ‘customers’ should be allowed to give feedback. There are now some events that I will just avoid because I don’t trust that what the event says on the description will match the reality.
People give up an hour of their time and choose their events carefully based on their own abilities and the information shared on the companion app; it’s just a big waste of everyone’s time if they join a 2.5 w/kg event and then get spat out the back because the bunch is riding at 3.1 w/kg average, or if it’s a 2.5 w/kg average but then it’s 5.0 w/kg every time the road goes uphill.