( Just got back from the Apple Cider century, a ride in Michigan that sees close to 5000 participants, and something happened to me today that has never happened in my twelve years of recreational cycling. I wanted to get your opinion to see who was the "dick". me or the other guy.
this happned about mile 35 of a very crowded ride in the farm roads of michigan. I normally do these rides by myself. I typically ride at about a 17-20mph pace. I get passed by a lot of hard core roadies, the only people I pass are moms on mountain bikes. anyway, today i got behind this other guy and was trying to keep up with him, for a little while anyway. We had passed each other a few time then on one occassion he suddenly pulled off to the side and made some comment about me "riding his ass the whole way". I was drafting but no more than a few minutes and then mostly when we were going down hill where my momentum carried me to his wheel I came back with "Its not a race, so lighten up".(hard to come up with witty stuff in the heat of the m0ment).
He said that I should "do a little work"
I called him a dick and rode away.
So was I wrong, or was he. Personally I dont mind when people draft off of me. Im 6'0 and 230lbs. so I see it as a contribution to humanity especially on a windy day.
let me know what you think