There, the lead group of A/B came from the right, having missed a turn. I decided to hop on with Katherine, guy who wears the "Don't Tread on Me" jersey, Tri Andrew, David Smith, Brian L (new young guy and very strong) and maybe one or two others. We headed south out of Ashville and then Campbell, where Andrew took a pull while dropping into the ultra aero tuck. I pulled alongside and asked about this practice as I am genuinely confused. He said it was to save energy, to which I replied he could do that after pulling, at the back of the pack. Instead, I said he should ride fairly upright to allow the next in line to draft and be ready when it is his turn. To this Andrew pulled out of the line and urged me to show how it's done (insert here an image of me whacking myself on the side of the head). We eventually got onto Hagerty where Brian turned the screws and I hung on but the others faded. We reached the top of the climb at Ringold and discovered Kevin H and Mark V and upon coasting down hill, came across another group of A/B's. Now a new group came together and we turned right on Royalton/Winter and reached Cedar Hill, turning left. Brian was still going strong and by the time we reached Lithopolis, there were 3 of us left and we then got in to Canal, finishing with 41 miles.
Now, of far greater interest was the front group. I hear Paul pulled very strong over the Pickering Road hills with Dustin clinging to him like an oyster to a pearl. Close behind was Scott, Nic, Mark C, and Oxley. Coming in to Lockville, Paul and Dustin regrouped with Scott and soon after the other 3. They came to the stop at Waterloo and the group broke up some with traffic violations. Mark tried to turn on a sprint but Paul had a lot in the legs and easily brushed it off. Paul finished with 49 miles and a 21.8 avg. Finishing just a little later were Mitch T, Da Boss and Muscle Dude, who had dropped off as the route moved into the hills.