Riding eastbound on the San Diego river trail from Ocean Beach toward Mission Valley. The trail is paved, two lanes wide, and less than a 1% upslope the direction I was headed. I was on my Specialized Roubaix pedalling along at a nice easy 19 - 20 mph with the help of a 10 mph tailwind. I have a good speedo and excellent GPS and am pretty sure my reported speed was correct.
Just east of Inghram Ave I was passed by a 30 something guy on a old derelict looking mountain bike. He was several inches shorter than me, 20 pounds heavier, wearing old tennis shoes on platform pedals. He was barely turning over the pedals and just blew by me! I could see that he was in a lower gear than I (I was in about a 42/13) but making no apparent effort to pedal hard.
In the next 1.5 miles he put over 1/4 mile distance between himself and me.
I've been riding all my life and usually do more than 150 miles a week so I am in pretty good shape. I don't have any trouble keeping up with other riders that are even 20 years younger when we do group rides but this guy just smoked me WITHOUT TURNING THE PEDALS!
How the heck does that kind of thing happen?