Hi @LukeW, good to hear from you, hope you are having a smashing time in Independent Republic of Scotland :)
this is exactly my point, this Saturday in particular the pace was around 24-26 mph(varience due to head wind) and every time it was my turn the pace was reduced to 21-23 mph. I felt bad as the guys made an effort to get up that early to train and I in a way spoiled it.
Thanks for pointing out Richard's notes. I'll check it out.