I’ve been riding for many years but only in group rides for the last 7 or 8 years. There is an intimidation factor as this writer points out. You have to find a group riding at the right pace. Once you do that, it’s a real blast. I’ve been riding with the same group for years now on Wednesday evenings – just under 24 miles. We ride the first 14 miles at a gentlemanly pace (several ladies ride with us too!), stop for a quick hydration rest and the balance of the ride is at an elevated pace. The best part is the dinner and adult beverage(s) that follow. What a nice group of friends!