Enjoying a splendid spin along the side of Windermere between hawkshead and newby bridge a few weeks ago on the road bike, and pass a girl pushing her 5 along the road, I stopped (naturally) to ask if she needed help, and indeed she did. Her chain had become horrifyingly tangled in her chainrings. After a little elbow grease and a bit of force (couldn't be bothered getting the Allen keys out, and she couldn't have caught me if I'd snapped something) I got the chain out.
She then went on to explain to me that she'd been out riding with a club that will remain un-named, however for those curios it rhymes with log-rotters and they'd straight up told her that she wasn't fit enough to go with them so had to ride back to the cars on the road. I almost fainted amongst the fallen December leaves when she spoke of these shameful actions. Now I'm sure all the riders in the club that rhymes with log rotters have got World Cup cross country races to train for so their ride pace is important, but it was also the girls first ride with them and I got the impression she was jolly miffed!
Should they have dropped their pace a little to include her and maybe done a motorpacing session in the afternoon to make up for it? Or did they do the right thing? Obviously I cannot account for the precise happenings of what went on but the end factor was a first time group member left walking along an a-road with a broken bike, in an area she did not know, on her own. Not great for participation/memberships! Possibly a few training tips and recommendations of a slower group after the ride over a couple of scones would have been a better idea.