Group riding isn’t for everyone. Some cyclists are just lone wolves who prefer the whirr of the freehub and their own thoughts to the lively chatter of a bunch of people – and that’s fine.
But for many of us, the group ride is the mainstay of our cycling experience, it’s the one regular ride of the week. It might even be the highlight of your month.
But what makes a group ride? How many people do you need? How long should it be? And what will reliably happen on (virtually) every group ride worthy of the name?
Here are 13 things that, in our experience, happen… Every. Single. Time.