Another thread about the loss of a fellow rider, Bret Steiner, is generating a bit of controversy about the riding habits of a local group. Since many of Bret's family have posted on that thread, it seems an inappropriate place to be bashing the group, questioning the details of the accident, finger pointing, etc.
Can we redirect that stuff here?
I've only been on one organized group ride which happened to be with Pashnit members. It was a fun day and a mature group. I sometimes ride aggressively, but on this day I chose to lay low and ride towards the rear of the group. I was afraid of what would happen if I began to feed off of other riders and ride aggressively.
I often ride alone, and find I prefer solo rides. But I do have a group of friends who often ride together. There is a broad range of ability levels, but most of us are on sport bikes. We tend to vocally remind ourselves of the notion of riding at one's own pace, and we make regular stops so nobody feels pressure to keep up.
I often see groups of riders, especially in places like Wentworth / Ice house, the Sierra passes, etc. I almost always rush to judgment: bunch of squids - someone's gonna crash, bunch of Harley riders - someone's gonna crash slow, etc.
I've never ridden with the SCR, so I'll withhold judgment. But personally, I'll continue trying to avoid riding in large groups of any kind. If I ever do again, I'll make an effort to take it easy in the back, and save my aggressive riding for solo rides and track days.