I personally feel responsible for not making an effort to pull in the reins when it was clear where the ride was heading. I hope everyone who tried this ride last week will give it another shot soon.
Going forward, an idea for mitigating riding-level issues: designate a “B” ride leader if/when the group begins to break up. This regularly happens on the Crosswinds rides (usually at the Milford stop when a few guys go “Screw this, we’re holding back if anyone’s interested!”) In larger groups – especially with new members – maybe we need to address this up front? Or maybe we need to also post the avg MPH (and stick to it)?