"The constant change of pace associated with segment chasing fragmented rides and was irritating, they said. It's annoying when people charge off the front in pursuit of a KOM. If you want competition, go pin on a number was a usual refrain.
But now its place in chain gangs and the regular weekend clubs runs is undeniable, BikeRadar spoke to some avid club riders to find out why. The pursuit of bragging rights, some banter fodder in the café or pub afterwards; a way to pep up a too-steady group runs; a convenient and historical record of the ebb and flow of an individual's form, and a combination of all the above, came up."