There are a few issues that detract from the quality of group rides (non-races):
- The ride leader constantly having to ask the front group to slow down to the advertised pace.
2. Sometimes the ride leader sets a pace very different from the advertised pace.
- Sometimes the ride leader cannot control the ride and it splits to pieces.
While these issues may not bother some percentage of the participants, it may alienate others who may give up on group rides and then have a less satisfying Zwift experience than they should.
I understand how splits can happen but not why they persist after it is obvious that the ride leader is well behind with a significant fraction of the group. Plus trying to corral this herd of cats is a thankless task for the ride leader and I can’t imagine it is how they want to spend their ride.
I’m sure I am not the first person to raise these issues and I hope Zwift is considering ways to mitigate it. Personally I wish that the ride leader could choose to remove riders from the event if they are too far off the front. Or make them invisible to the rest of the group at least, particularly when the event finishes with an “after-party” that should be for the riders who stayed with the leader.