How do You Handle the Slowest Mountain Biker on a Group Ride?

Do you wait for your slower riding companions, ride their pace, or meet them back at the trailhead?
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We all have different amounts of time and energy to ride, and our confidence and skill discrepancies can prevent us from shredding in unison. On group rides, there will always be a “slowest” rider, and how everyone else interacts with that person can affect their experience on the trail.

Do you have any suggestions for riding with slower or faster friends? Are you often the slowest rider? Please share any group riding tactics that have helped make your singletrack experience better.