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Would you pull off a fast ride, lose your group, to remove road debris

Would you pull off a fast ride, lose your group, to remove road debris

Based on a recent nasty post because a rider further back on a group ride hit a large rock and fell, I'm wondering how often our club riders actually pull out of a paceline, give up on the group aspect of their ride to remove a solo rock from the roadway.

~too much of anything is just enough for me. Pete Townshend

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You might not see this additional comment until after you have voted, but my categories are set up to mean this:  We all do this sometimes, but if you do it less than one out of ten rides AND you basically never do it for regular road debris on a fast group ride then the Nutz vote is for you. 

If you do actually stop to do this sort of thing MORE than once every five or ten rides, then the second answer would be correct.

I know the third one is more of a catch all and applies to all of us sometimes.  When a large branch is blocking the road or something but it would be that you can say that you actually stop to move stuff at least once in every five group rides you do.

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I've stopped to clear debris a few times - usually when it's something like a large branch that extends into the roadway. I remember one ride where the entire lead group stopped to muscle a fallen tree out of the way. I think that the unwritten rules is that if an obstacle presents an unavoidable risk to following cyclists, then something is done.

I also find that I, and many others, stop to get turtles and other slow-moving critters off the roads. Sometimes the group will wait, sometimes not, but someone nearly always asks to see if they should.

"Hey, come back here! Recumbents can't climb!" - Heard on the 2009 CWC

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