I was commuting home the other night, cruising down the asphalt trail at my usual pace. It was a very nice evening, maybe 40 degrees, clear, no wind with a nice crescent moon out. I was really enjoying the quiet and the ride.
Ahead, I notice the blinkie of another biker and saw that I was overtaking him. As I came up behind him and was preparing to pass, he increased his pace as to not let me by. "OK", I thought, "that's a little weird, but I'll just ride here behind him for a while". So I stayed behind him for about a mile. My headlight is really bright so I did not want to ride right right up on his wheel and wash out his night vision, therefore I was not pulling a draft off him, rather just cruising along probably 20-30 feet behind him, a little annoyed that my solitude had been interrupted. He was riding slightly slower than my usual pace, but not so much slower that I felt like putting out the extra effort to pass him.
We came to a small hill on the trail and I heard him shift gears which caused him to slow down. Not needing to shift myself, I power past him and up the hill and then resumed my normal pace.
After about 20 seconds, he comes up behind me and the next thing I know he was sucked onto my back wheel. He was not inches away, but probably five to ten feet behind me. Now I was a little pissed, but I just kept riding along at my normal pace, trying to enjoy the evening. He stayed with me for about three miles when we came to another small hill and I finally dropped him.
When he was on my wheel, I thought about turning around and asking him to back off, but I did not want to provoke any kind of confrontation. I could have stopped and let him get down the trail, but when you have a nice pace going, who wants to stop?
The whole thing was not a huge deal, but it was annoying.
What would you have done in a similar situation?