Thou Shalt Keep Holy the Start Time of the Sunday Ride.
Whether it’s church first then ride, church the night before and ride with the gang in the morning, or the Sunday ride is your church, you should always be on time.
There are extenuating circumstances and everyone is allowed a get out of purgatory card.
That’s a get out of purgatory card. One. A year. Don’t waste it in the first week of April (or November for my Southern Hemisphere friends).
Don’t be late all of the time and expect the group to wait for you, lest you find out the hard way that the group will, all of a sudden, start leaving a few minutes early. If this happens to you, just so you know, it’s you and you have worn out your welcome. The only way of getting back into the group’s good graces, short of self-immolation*, is to show up early and apologize profusely and repeatedly for your behavior, never to repeat it again.
The smiles are much more frequent and enjoyable when you have friends to share them with.
*Dude, the whole self-immolation thing was tongue in cheek. Actually lighting oneself on fire would be bad and hamper one’s ability to cycle and wear Lycra. Just show up early and don’t hold the group hostage to waiting for your narrow butt and all will be forgiven.