Every now and again I think we tend to lose focus on what the guided rides are. They are broken up in the A, B+, B, B-, C+, C to hopefully give everyone a pace that they can hang with. We even used to always take all groups in the same direction and basically trails as well so that if someone found themselves in a faster or harder group then they could drop back to the next group. The introduction of the FSR radios made it easy for one groups guide to connect with another groups guide to switch people to the group that they should be with, so if not on the same trail we could still maneuver people about. For some reason that doesn't seem as prevalent as it used to be. What happen? Boyette seems to be a bit tough to get the groups broken up easily because the chaos at the gate is confusing to many. Us guides should be able to lead the ride for that group that shows up. I know I sometimes see people looking like - "I can't ride that persons pace because they are known to be fast". When in fact if there are 15 "B-" riders and 4 "B" or "B+" riders it wil be a "B-" ride. In other words it should be the majority of the groups ride. Generally speaking "A" and "B+" don't really need a guide as much because for the most part they know the trails and can fix mechanicals that may come up. It's certainly good to have a guide for faster riders for many reasons.
So us guides should be trying a bit better to help get the groups seperated up. And people should understand that the groups many times change and shift once we get 2 or 3 miles down the trail.
Hope this helps and feel free to talk to the guides about your ability, strengths and weeknessneses to see that you get in the proper group. Or, even if some folks want to learn how to ride a certain trail, find out if you need to take one of the classes offered or if it's something that can be covered on the group ride itself. We're all wanting to know how to do it and have fun.