Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Brighton UK
Bikes: 20" Folder, Road Bike
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Most people downhill don't really try much, they just go at
a comfortable pace and save the hard work for the next hill.
Catching and passing someone downhill by trying doesn't
mean a lot if they can cruise past you on the next real hill.
If somebody goes up a hill faster than me, they may be
fitter, or they may be not going as far, but who cares ?
Having said that a while back, a young girl came flying
past me on an old 20" shopper, when I was on my 20"
folder and quickly gained a lot of distance. Surprised
I upped my pace a lot (I was trying hard) and pulled
back say 200 yards of the 250 yards she had gained.
Thing is I had no interest in catching and passing her,
and slowed down to match her pace, I could go faster.
Part of a not trying too hard 15 mile round trip, and
not long later she stopped to pull off the cycle route.
I surmised she was just tanking that section of her route,
fair enough, but took some effort to pull back though.
Or just young and naturally pretty fast on any bike,
though I'd prefer to think she was giving it some.
Last edited by sreten; 05-13-13 at 08:52 PM.