What to do...
We have a club ride on Fridays.
There's usually a group of about 8-12 who split from the main ride and keep a pretty good pace. The roads here are flat and straight so we do turns on the front. Sometimes it's quite hard work at 45+km/h but often we are just cruising along at 38-40km/h.
Anyway in the last few weeks a new rider has joined us who sits on the wheels and never does any turns. It's quite remarkable to watch. He clearly knows how a group works and plays it to avoid ever getting to the front. If he accidentally gets to second wheel he starts looking around, leaving a little gap, then a bit bigger and looking for an opportunity to drop back. He doesn't just signal and move out, he breaks it up and uses that as cover to drop back. Today I was even pointing to the gap in front of him and telling him to close up.
He's not a weak rider. He even has the nerve to go with the sprint at the end. He's clearly perfectly capable of keeping the cruising pace.
What does the panel think ? I have to say something to him, but should I tell him he's a parasitic wheelsucker or be a little more conciliatory.
He wears an Astana top too, which in itself is worthy of reproach.