I have over the years ridden with quite a few riders. Most of whom have been fitter than me and tanned my backside with their speed. Well today I went out for a short ride and came across a rider on one of our local hills. Only a short sharp one but on this ride there are quite a few of them so this route does get you in the end. Thought I recognised the rider as I caught him and I did. I had seen that butt in those yellow shorts many times as the rider was one of those that I used to ride with and he was fit.
However--He has not kept up his riding for the last 5 years and he is now struggling. He had a nasty habit of always riding a wheel in front of you as you put on pace to get level with him- he would also ride faster to keep his wheel in front of yours. Very frustrating and very tiring but he used to keep me fit even though I never drew level with him. Looks like I will be getting my own back tomorrow though as He is out with us tomorrow. Only the slow group- or so they say- but the two others in the road that ride- My Son-in-Law and a couple of his mates that do not have a race this weekend and want to get home early to watch the TDF and a 17 year old youngster that all of us are trying to catch on the flat- the downhills and the slopes.
Looks like payback time.