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Old 06-06-08, 03:00 PM   #1
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Was it just a bad day?

I was completely shocked and appalled. I've never received such hostility from such a mass of drivers before.

I was descending down CR 73 from Conifer to Evergreen. It's a fairly fast descent. Taking it fairly easy and cautiously I can pretty easily top the speed limit, like i did today. The majority of the descent is 40mph with some spots that are 35. And like i said, while doing the "spin and coast" technique, it's pretty easy to exceed the speed limit. So anyway, i'm going down the road staying trying my best to keep within 1foot to 1.5feet of the white line (acceptable by colorado law). Then all of the sudden cars and trucks come blasting past me like they actually have somewhere important to go. Note: remember i am still going the speed limit or maybe 5 over. I received a F*** YOU!!! from about 80% of the cars that passed, very agressively i might add. They just had to be in front of me even though everyone's going the same speed. I ended up stopping a little further down the road to wait for about 5min. and make sure everyone passed. I ended up having an amazing finish of my ride. I continued down highway 74 into morrison and wasn't passed by a single car.

There just happened to be a little pocket of people on this stretch of highway that were all pissed at the world and had to take it out on a cyclist. My question is: was it just a bad day? did anyone else experience this kind of harrassing or was it just my luck? Maybe i'll stay out of the mountains on fridays.
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What time of day was it?

I find drivers the most vicious as they are on their way home from work.

Tired, want to get home, maybe chewed out by the boss or spouse, looking forward to something in the evening.
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Old 06-06-08, 04:53 PM   #3
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This was maybe around 11:30. I decided to get out early and beat the hot sun.
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This was maybe around 11:30. I decided to get out early and beat the hot sun.
I guess just an unlucky day.
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Old 06-06-08, 05:08 PM   #5
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Or a bunch of unlucky drivers who themselves were having a bad day...or jealous that you were going the speed limit without using high priced gas...or maybe they did have something out for bikes. Count it as 'one of those days' and go on...as it appears you did. and you enjoyed the rest of the ride. Keep on enjoying.
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1 to 1.5 feet from the white line? If I'm descending at or just above the speed limit I take the center of the lane. I wonder what all those drivers who got mad at you would have said to that?

Sorry you ran into so many jerks.
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I had one jerk today too, on a ride that is normally very tolerant. I was going up the high grade road on South Deer Creek Canyon with a friend. Most traffic was really good until some little mazda sports car pulled along side of me. He paused next to me, down-shifted, and spurted out a bunch of smoke as he accelerated up the hill. The funny thing is the guy didn't even know how to drive. His down-shift caused his engine to rev so high that it cut out for a moment (RPM switch) and then he shifted up.

I yelled to my friend who was about 50' in front of me that the guy most be compensating for a small #$%^. After all, what does it really take to drive up such a road? We were pedaling it ;-)

All in all, you still had the better experience than the idiots who harassed you. They are just jealous.
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something in the air

I don't know what it was on friday, but people driving had a rough time being polite. My ride was really late in the day and I picked a route without much traffic so I didn't deal with irate drivers while riding. But as I drove to and from work the stupidity, carelessness, and rude actions of others was unreal. I only used my horn twice to wake people up. It might be the start of tourist season, it might have been the rain, it might have been the sunshine. Who knows but you were not the only one having trouble with idiots. Why do people get into their cars and act like they are the only ones out there?
As I rode later in the day I came up with an idea of an undercover operation...... the police would set up a sting operation, maybe a cyclist is involved maybe a slow moving vehicle. If a driver approched the situation and made a poor judgment, agressive movement, or showed a total lack of respect..... the police could immediatly take the persons license because they are not fit to drive. The again I think about too many things when I ride.
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