I'm getting pissed cause there is a growing rash of ignorant dangerous cyclists. Not just the trail but on the road too. First a thought that comes to my mind. If I'm riding and working hard but another rider comes from far behind, l figure he's stronger than I am so when he says, "onyerleft!", I let him by. I'm not a wheelsucker so if he goes by, I might try ot keep pace from far behind but it's not my style to take his wheel. Figuring he's the stronger rider, But I do stay out of his way!
Now my rant! You knew it was coming! A friend, Gina and I are riding on the trail last weekend. We are doing a good pace to the coast. I see this guy about 1/2 a mile ahead. Later we catch him just holding our pace. He seems to be struggling a bit. Our friend says onyerleft and rides around the guy, no biggie. My tunr to pass so I say onyerleft and begin to pass with Gina on my wheel for a polite pass. I see riders approaching in the opposite direction (about 100 yards away), not real close so we can complete the pass safely. I pick up the pace for the pass but right as I move onto his side, he moves towards me then picks up the pace!
He matches my speed for a few seconds till I realize he won't let me pass and moved onto my side of the lane forcing me and Gina into oncoming riders. My bud is up ahead looking back like "WTF!". So we slow so the jerk can pull away allowing us to move back safely into our lane before the other riders approach. So the guy passes our wating bud then sprints off into the sunset, whatever!
Sure enough not more than a couple minutes later we pull up again. He's bobbing his head and shoulder around in a desparate attempt to stay ahead of us. I can see he won't last long in the wind. So again gently we pull up and "onyerleft " but this time he lets us pass. Cool, I guess he realized he's not Lance's brother afterall. He's a good size guy and looks fit so maybe he didn't like a girl passing him eventhough she's on my wheel.
So sure enough he jumps on Gina's wheel. He sucks us for a while till he recoups then blows around on the left without warning. I'm at the front and as he passes me, he swoops to the right as if to take out my front wheel!... I'm thinking he's and idiot but don't say a thing. I slow a bit so that he can pull away. BUT, sure enough another mile down the road, he falls behind again. I didn't want to pass the guy but he pretty much sucked in the wind so uless I wanted to ride standing on my head, we were going to pass him again.
So I cruise by and sure enough he jumps Gina's wheel again!.... He sucks us again then a mile later, he blows around again. When he nears my front wheel he swoops to the right as if it were a second attempt to take out my wheel. We all look at eachother and now I'm pissed. I pull back up to the guy and say,"you're a dangerous rider and an idiot". He doesn't respond, just tries to sprint off again.
Next time around, I tell the group, get ready to put the hammer down so we can lose this idiot and we do after a hard effort. If I had know the first time around, I would have tried to lose him but we were just doing our thing and pace. Maybe it's not the right thing to do calling the guy and idiot but I have no problem confronting a person that is trying to intentionally harm me or my wife. The friend is on his own!
So that was last week. Today, I'm on the road. I'm flying down a hilll at 30 mph, two open lanes, no cars at the moment. 2 riders jump on the same street half way down the hill. The second guy is slow going down so I take the left lane and allow him the entire right lane and say "onyerleft" As I ride by I ask,"how's it gong?". He doesn't reply just a look!
We make a right at the intesection after the guy falls behind. I see his bud about 50 yards ahead. So the guy froms behind me in a stand up sprint and flies around my left with no warning. Whatever, I guess he's trying to catch his bud, no biggie. It's windy and we're now on rolling hills. The two were flying but now seem to have slowed after a couple of minutes in the wind. I'm holding my pace and roll up to the two riders.
Now this is a narrow road and the cars fly but there is a nice bikelane in this section. As I roll up I look back to see a couple of cars coming about 100 yards away. I can make the pass so again, I say "onyerleft!" then begin to pass. I ovetake the first guy with no incident but the second guy lifts the pace and doesn't allow me back into the bike lane while hugging the left line! WTF! Now he's forcing me into traffic and I hear the cars gaining on me at 50'ish mph!
I quickly slow and drop into the lane before the cars approach! His bud is far behind now and struggling bigtime. I know they aren't real strong riders so WTF are they trying to prove? Again I catch up to the first guy struggling into the wind. This time I race around him knowing that he'll more than likely try to keep me in the road again. I see him try to lift his pace to jump my wheel as I pace but I don't want this sucker on my wheel. I want to lose him so that I can find my safe zone.
So they are far behind but I get a red light. I pull up to the white line but not too far cause the cross traffic is close to my front wheel on this busy street (Haven Ave City of Rancho) and these people fly! So I sit at the light for nearly a minute then the other 2 arrive. Do they stop behind me as I'm all the way to the front? No! The go around and stop ahead of me in cross street since traffic has gone by. Light turns green then they sprint ahead! Oh brother, it won't be long till I'm back in the same situation again!
So what is it with all these idiotic unsafe riders? Am I supposed to let them force me out into traffic? Am I supposed to slow my pace 50% and stay behind? Am I supposed to confront them all? Am I supposed to bring a picnic basket so that when I find myself in this situation, I can stop and have a picnic till they are gone? What? I can avoid one or two but seems they are everywhere now!
How would you handle these situations? Now don't act like a sweetheart cause I've seen some serious confrontations between other riders! Be honest!