The pace was very fast out Jug Street with a tail wind and then, entering Alexandria, the old habits arose as the lead A group turned right on to #37 with cars approaching from the left. Rather than pause to make sure everyone got through, it appears the front group pushed the pace and so a gap was created. This, by anyone's definition, is chickenshit stuff and the type of event that Rick is striving to avoid. My very limited experience with the A group is that it is just one or two people who initiate this stuff and others follow so they are not dropped. To be fair, since I did not see this, maybe the telling of the story was exaggerated.
The return, in to that strong wind, created more gaps but still, the lead group had a 22.8mph average. I'll be there next Thursday, as long as it is sunny and 80, to post what I witness, at least during the warm-up phase.