We ran a poll starting last week and asked the question - When is a group ride too big? I do a large group ride a couple times a week and I have noticed as the ride gets larger basic group riding etiquette and just general safety gets thrown out the window. I believe its a combination of factors that cause this behavior.
As the ride gets larger I think there is a larger percentage of riders that dont always have the large group riding experience so small things get magnified like knowing when to break, over lapping wheels or not pointing out a road hazard. I also think as a group grows basic rules of the road are somewhat ignored. Riders dont ride single file when they should or impede traffic.
So when is a group ride too large and why does the safety of the ride, in my opinion, decrease as the numbers increase?