Hey AHDR team leads…
First, I want to say I enjoy the rides, but feel there is a problem with the way they are classified. I brought this up in the Brekkie Roll ride but hard to communicate effectively without a keyboard, so doing it here. Most of the rides are labeled B. Zwift themselves labels B as 3.2 to 3.9 w/kg. In the description of your rides, you will often call out 2.5-3.0 avg depending on the group … which puts this is as a C.
I get that rider weight, flat vs hilly, etc etc all factor in here. But on nearly every ride, I’m averaging closer to 2.2-2.4. This is technically not even C, but for the sake of argument let’s just say it is low C as stats vary by rider.
So what’s the problem, then? Many/most rides have CONSTANT messaging about getting off the fence, falling back to beacon, etc… like, hundreds of them. Most are probably just muting the messages which I’ve done from time to time.
Yes, it’s a group ride that should try to stick together, but that doesn’t mean people don’t want a good workout. If a B group is averaging low 2s, I can’t fault riders for pushing the pace. I also don’t think it is really necessary for a group of 100+ riders to stick together in one blob, but that’s my opinion.
Why not call this a C ride? Or, why not have 2 categories, B and C? Why not keep your B, but then encourage a clean separation so some of the pack can go harder, others can fall back. I’ve seen this done in other groups and it works very well. At least by labeling it C, you’d encourage those looking for a stronger ride to look elsewhere.
I hope this criticism is taken the way intended… I enjoy the rides and the people, except for the constant fence issues/chatter.
And no, I’m not the one flying off the front (usually, but it happens from time to time if I’m multitasking).