I was cruising along on my MTB on my commute last night on the West Side Bike Path, enjoying the day, when this roadie flew by me. I could hear him grunting and straining behind me right before he passed, and he almost knocked me off the path. He was wearing a full lycra team kit, and, get this...a back pack !!! Who wears a back pack while riding a road bike and wearing lycra??? It was a really nice bike (I think it said R300 on the top tube), although it had this weird yellow thing sticking out of the rear hub...what's up with that? I have never seen one of those before.
So I thought I would mess with his ego a little bit. I shifted into my 42 big ring and the 14 in the back, and started cranking. I must have been going like 20 MPH or something when I caught him...I was FLYING!!! The wind even started to kick up a little bit...there must have been like 30 MPH gusts or something!!! I could tell he was surprised that I caught him, so I eased up a little bit to give him a chance to catch up. I let him pass me again (he was still straining pretty hard), and then I cranked it up again. I was probably pushing about 440 watts to the pedals (just a guess, I don't have a way to measure this), and I flew by him again. He was getting aggravated, so I eased up again. I continued messing with him a few more times.
I eventually had to give up the game. I let him pass me one more time, and to make him feel good about himself, I didn't give chase. I kept pace with him from behind for a few more blocks, and then I let him go.
I would have dropped him, but I had passed my turnoff about a mile back, and I didn't want to get too far down the path, as I had a date with my wife at the local mexican joint. Come to think of it, every time this guy passed me, I caught a faint whiff of cheap beer and burritos...he must like mexican food, too!!! See, roadies, we do have some things in common!
This tool looked like he was worn out the last time I let him pass me...I hope he isn't too sore and tired to work this morning! Maybe he is off today, and can recover!