After about a month off the bike because of rain, kid's science project, taxes, vacation, etc., I rode to Saratoga Gap with the expectation of continuing to Page Mill---a 40 mile loop I do about 25 times a year. I didn't have the legs for it though and decided after slogging my way to the top to just descend.
I wouldn't be posting about this except that about two miles into the descent I passed a couple of cyclists who were going about 20 mph while hugging the paint on the right side of the lane (I always call out "PASSING" so as to not startle anyone in these circumstances). Anyway about a quarter mile later there's one of their partners going down at about the same speed about three feet to the left of the white line. The problem was that there was also a Camry trailing this guy. So I'm forced to ride my brakes at 20 mph about 20 feet behind the Camry which isn't my idea of fun.
The cyclist had a rear view mirror on his handlebar but never turned his head towards the Camry to acknowledge its presence or to give a sign to it that it was ok to pass. The Camry driver was also obviously timid and uncertain about what to do. After about a minute of this, I considered yelling at the bicyclist but didn't. Meanwhile about five cars are now queued up in back of me.
Unbeknownst to me the driver directly behind me was a sheriff who finally broke logjam by briefly putting on his siren which gave the impetus to the Camry to finally pass the cyclist (I was so upset that I blew by this clod at 40 mph).
My question is why do people ride like this? Although fast, HW9 doesn't seem especially risky to me--if you're that adverse to even making a token attempt of keeping a reasonable speed than don't IMO ride there-esp. on a weekend afternoon. This guy was catatonic; should I have screamed at him to let people pass?