I was asked to post a start time for SPOT so 8:30 is kind of an official roll out time. Those who have told me they are starting then probably would not want their names posted here but there will be a broad range of talent and things will get sorted out on the road.
After two consecutive A pace rides I rode with the B group on Thursday. While waiting for the start, I could not avoid a noticeable contrast between the Westerville group and the COP group. Overall, the COP Thursday group is much faster and fitter, despite evidence to the contrary shown here.
A large group of 21 A's headed out and maybe another 20 with the B's, out of a total of 55 cyclists as the start. In the B group were Roy (riding strong), Flyin Tuna, Recumbent Dude (riding behind him with your feet enjoying the draft is a thrill), Dave K, a woman just arrived from Palo Alto (wait until she hits winter here), etc.. Riding with the B's is in some ways harder than with the A's. There is an expectation the pace will be slower and mentally an adjustment is made but the pace is not that much slower and any thought of spinning through the countryside is silly. On the flats, the pace is about the same as an A pace but in hills, there is a noticeable slowing.
We went around the route, things got spread out some but still a nice group of 5-6 at the end with a 20mph average and 30 miles.