This was kinda funny, a bit disturbing and pissed me off a bit.
The Sat am planned ride was cancelled as my buddy called in sick, so to maximize the day, I choose to get an 8 mile ride in on a local trail, which can be notoriously crowded on nice weekend days.
I get there at about 9:30 am, and there must have been 25 bikes in various stages of setup and unload, so I got mine off the jeep and got on the trail quick, hoping to make the climb ahead of the crowd.
Plan worked, as I made the 3 mile summit alone, and met only two bikes and no runners/hiker at all.
I knew the decent would be crowded as the rest of masses would now be on the trail.
So, here comes the incident, I was on my way down, when I saw a family, (kids, parents & grandparents) on the way up, I saw them way before they saw me, I brougth my speed down to a crawl and then they saw me and scattered into the woods as if was barreling down on them at top speed, it was complete over reaction. As I crawled past, they were coming back onto the trail, I was like "sorry, thanks" etc.
And then Grandma starts charging toward me, I am now hugging the downhill side of the trail so not to hit her, and she is wagging her finger in my face, screaming, "this used to be a nice hike, before all you bikers started riding and ruining it!"
I was a bit stunned and offered no response and just rode away, but the more I thought about, the more I got a bit pissed, after all, it was her that almost forced me off the trail on the downhill side.
I encounter hostile hikers/runners only on the trails that are close to Denver, which see heavy use on nice weekend, and biker are already at the bottom of the food chain on the trails, behind the hiker/runner and the horse.
So, I just guess that this turned out to be a rant, no more, no less.