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Old 10-08-06, 01:07 PM   #1
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worst encounter with cyclists in my life

So as some of you know, I had a pretty good day on my bike yesterday.
I returned today hoping to do as well, but I sadly didnt, the winds picked up but the ride was to die for ( that might of been the wish of some cyclists I came upon)

I was just getting back on my bike, made a quick stop to watch the goose when 3 cyclists came upon me. I started riding and I was quickly behind the third one in the line, I couldnt pass as the roads was very narrow with sharp turns, so I decided to just hang there since I know this road very well and knew there would be enough room soon to pass.
At one time I picked up too much speed and changed gear, that's when the last rider in the line realised I was behind him.
He was awared of my presence and it was awkward since I didnt want to rudely suck on his wheel but there was no room to pass.
When I knew the road was about to get wider and I could finally move ahead, I moved up to the last cyclist and smiled at him and said, I didnt mean to draft from you, so rudely.. there was no room to pass, good morning!
He gives me this look and before I get to the second rider in line, he leaves the line formation to go next to that second rider. Obviously, letting me know that Im not passing noone.
Im stunned and look at him and the second rider and say " good morning?"
They both are looking ahead with thier face filled with anger as if I dont exist and never even blink.
Im now forced to ride on the road, it's a busy road.. he knows that, he went next to his buddy to force me to give in and go behind the line.
I looked to see if any cars were coming behind me and I looked at all 3 of them and said " Enjoy your ride"and I moved on the road and passed them all.
I never rode so fast and so angry in my life. I kept up a great speed for 5 miles till I finally saw my left turn to head back home.
I had my heart in my chest from pushing so hard and quite frankly, I played it cool in front of them but it really made me upset that he would put my life at risk by pushing me on the street so that I wouldnt drop them.
I have never seen such disrespect from a cyclist to another.

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Old 10-08-06, 01:10 PM   #2
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please dont move to road forums.
So as some of you know, I had a pretty good day on my bike yesterday.
I returned today hoping to do as well, but I sadly didnt, I avaraged 21.4.. doesnt matter , the winds picked up but the ride was to die for ( that might of been the wish of some cyclists I came upon)

I was just getting back on my bike, made a quick stop to watch the goose when 3 cyclists came upon me. I started riding and I was quickly behind the third one in the line, I couldnt pass as the roads was very narrow with sharp turns, so I decided to just hang there since I know this road very well and knew there would be enough room soon to pass.
At one time I picked up too much speed and changed gear, that's when the last rider in the line realised I was behind him.
He was awared of my presence and it was awkward since I didnt want to rudely suck on his wheel but there was no room to pass.
When I knew the road was about to get wider and I could finally move ahead, I moved up to the last cyclist and smiled at him and said, I didnt mean to draft from you, so rudely.. there was no room to pass, good morning!
He gives me this look and before I get to the second rider in line, he leaves the line formation to go next to that second rider. Obviously, letting me know that Im not passing noone.
Im stunned and look at him and the second rider and say " good morning?"
They both are looking ahead with thier face filled with anger as if I dont exist and never even blink.
Im now forced to ride on the road, it's a busy road.. he knows that, he went next to his buddy to force me to give in and go behind the line.
I looked to see if any cars were coming behind me and I looked at all 3 of them and said " Enjoy your ride"and I moved on the road and passed them all.
I never rode so fast and so angry in my life. I kept up a great speed for 5 miles till I finally saw my left turn to head back home.
I had my heart in my chest from pushing so hard and quite frankly, I played it cool in front of them but it really made me upset that he would put my life at risk by pushing me on the street so that I wouldnt drop them.
I have never seen such disrespect from a cyclist to another.
What a MAROON! (Him, not you BDG!). Remember that scene from "Breaking Away"? It involves a framepump and a front wheel? Wouldn't it be tempting?
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Old 10-08-06, 01:11 PM   #3
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Roadies have always been like that to me. Not to be stereotypical. In phoenix when I was passing a roadie on the street while I was mtbing the guy didn't seem to like it. I don't see why people are such snobs. We all like things with two wheels, isn't that enough to get along?
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Old 10-08-06, 01:14 PM   #4
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when you were far enough ahead of those bastards you should have hid on the side of the road and given the guys front rim a stick sandwich... that wouldve learned them!
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Old 10-08-06, 01:14 PM   #5
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Im still kinda shaken up from this hate, I still have all thier angry faces in my head.
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Old 10-08-06, 01:17 PM   #6
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Im still kinda shaken up from this hate, I still have all thier angry faces in my head.
If I was out there, I'd be right over to give 'em a what for! Since I'm appointed the honorary Foo Dad, it would be a matter of family honor!

I'd give them a ride and drop them! Let them say how a fat middle aged guy on a steel framed friction shifting retrogrouch special handed them their arses!
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Old 10-08-06, 01:18 PM   #7
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If I was out there, I'd be right over to give 'em a what for! Since I'm appointed the honorary Foo Dad, it would be a matter of family honor!

I'd give them a ride and drop them! Let them say how a fat middle aged guy on a steel framed friction shifting retrogrouch special handed them their arses!
just do a little pack riding bump and bang with them!
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Old 10-08-06, 01:18 PM   #8
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there seems to be a lot of jerks of road bikes unfortunately-present company excepted of course- it doesn´t seem to attract team players
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Old 10-08-06, 01:26 PM   #9
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I'm sure they're still doing a slow burn that three of them together got dropped by a lady riding solo. Try to remember the nice cyclists you've encountered too.
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Old 10-08-06, 01:32 PM   #10
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Jerks exist in all walks of life. I'm sorry you had a run in with these three, BDG!
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Old 10-08-06, 01:34 PM   #11
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Apparently, road cycling is the new "golf" among status-conscious yuppie toolbags. I've seen several articles about this new phenomena and certainly noticed it firsthand in this town, where expensive road bikes see a lot of action as an accessory for the SUV, moreso than ridden on the road. Anyway, screw those jerks.
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Hmmmm..... I hope some of the A&S hats see this thread....
I was skewered for having the audacity to say a lot of
Roadies in VT and PA have attitude and it hurts the perception
of them to motorists and us lowly, prolitariot riders.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I would consider
the source and not even give it a moments more thought.
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Roadies have always been like that to me. Not to be stereotypical. In phoenix when I was passing a roadie on the street while I was mtbing the guy didn't seem to like it. I don't see why people are such snobs. We all like things with two wheels, isn't that enough to get along?

Its a front for insecurity. They've been acting like this for so long, its become part of the roadie culture.
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Its a front for insecurity. They've been acting like this for so long, its become part of the roadie culture.
Well I guess we have roadies like bdg to balance the force then. People just need to grow up and humble themselves, and realize they aren't the bee's knees.
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Events like this is why "1st person shooter" video games were invented!!
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Hmmmm..... I hope some of the A&S hats see this thread....
I was skewered for having the audacity to say a lot of
Roadies in VT and PA have attitude and it hurts the perception
of them to motorists and us lowly, prolitariot riders.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I would consider
the source and not even give it a moments more thought.
There was a long discussion a few years ago regarding which was 'worse for cycling' - Critical Mass or roadie club rides.
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Im still kinda shaken up from this hate, I still have all thier angry faces in my head.
Sorry to hear about your experience. These wouldn't happen to be middle-aged, balding guys with a pot-belly would it? Weekend-warrior types with egos really give cycling a bad image. Oh well, just think about it this way, you dropped them! They probably TTT'd all out trying to keep up with you and you still dropped them! Suckerzzzz.... Personally, I would've given them "the look" before I turned off and wagged my tongue at them, heh, heh... At least you got in a good workout, keep it up!
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Well I guess we have roadies like bdg to balance the force then. People just need to grow up and humble themselves, and realize they aren't the bee's knees.
Y'know, what I find funny...nay, hilarious, is that they got all bent out of shape about Blondie wanting to pass and then she smokes 'em anyway! That's gotta make them feel good about themselves, especially after she was so polite. Oh, and I think BDG is the bee's knees.
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Yeah BDG, you dusted them off.

Hey, BDG, sorry it happened. But trust me, when you blew pass them and never lost your cool that was complete payback. I am sure they were in the coffee shop afterwards digging in the deep recesses of their mind for some reason as to why you could ace them all.

Here's to you girl.

Dont' sweat it! You message was sent as soon as you passed them. Job done.

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All I know is that cyclists like that make me "Very Very Angry...huff...huff"
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Too bad you didn't have a 6'5" boyfriend a few lenghts behind you, that they couldn't see.
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Man! Sorry this happened BDG.
If I was on this ride with you I would've given each of them a piece of my mind. And then maybe a nice elbow in the shoulder for good measure. "Oppps sorry fella...too bad you couldn't stay upright on your bike you *ssclown!"

It's just sad that cyclists have to act like this. Very sad. Glad you got by them and dropped them though.
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Some people are simply jerks, whether they're on road bikes or not. Don't let them get you down. Put them behind you, both literally and figuratively.
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I'm sorry darlin, I really can't understand why some guys let their fragile egos overcome good manners...especially in respect to a pretty gal! You gotta remember, cyclists are just people...so we get the same mix of good, bad, ugly and stupid as the general population.

I hope you'll look at the bright side - you dropped the bastarditos like the rude poseurs they were...you won, you got the last laugh, their tiny little egos have to deal with the fact that they got dropped by a goil! Don't let them leave an impression in your mind...smile at the fact that you have left a lasting impression in theirs.
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Insecure people feel challenged when there is no challenge. They can easily take a friendly greeting as a challenge. That's what it sounds like to me.

That's no excuse to do what they did.

I'm glad you dropped them.
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