We headed out old 161, left on Kitzmiller, right on Jug and the pace was not too hard and it appeared some of our usual agitators may have been somewhat intimidated as they did not sprint off the front. That changed when we turned left on Mink with Chris G taking off but everyone let him go and soon the group regrouped. A couple of ramps going into Johnstown cut a few out, including George with a racing heart rate, short haired lady and Poobah. We took off on Concorde and still the pace was not too high but some others dropped out and I was at the end of the line behind two who were behaving rather squirrelly, showing all the signs they were about to drop. Closing in on Northridge, a gap developed in front of these two and I could not cover so I was done, along soon with Ron and Dennis and so we rode out Stone Quarry with a 22.7 avg to that point. We passed Billy C with a flat and then Paul Stock, bent over his bike appearing to be in agony. He looked like I felt so I and Dennis hung a right on Louden and pedaled back with 36 miles and a 21mph avg.
Meantime and much, much more importantly, the group continued and I am told Sada was dropped a couple of times but always one of the Kiwi's pulled him back to the group. That group even had a SAG car that gave them water prior to Stone Quarry. As the peloton turned right on Louden and got on to Dry Creek, making a left at 661, John and his forces stayed straight on Dry Creek, leaving the group. Once the main group returned to the parking lot with a 23.4 avg, several people were heard shouting, "Sada got dropped again." and apparently taking some glee in the outcome.