I have to share my story from last weekend. I pulled my fastest "open road" ride on a segment overtaking some folks that didn't know I was racing them.....lol, thread is meant entirely in levity, as I am a really slow (SLOW) rider.
My normal loop on the trike is just under 20 miles with my turn around point being a recreation area at a local lake with facilities. As I was coming back up from the lake I noted three riders in my mirror closing at a pretty good clip. Knowing that the route gets steeper up the road I decided to play a game with myself and see if I could stay ahead of them till the stop sign coming out of the park area, which I did. I turned and expected the riders to go another way when within a few minutes I notice them closing on me again. The hill I was on at the time was too much for me to stay ahead. Just as they were about to close on me they opted to take a turn which is a shorter, but much hillier, route to the same area. I decided to try and beat them to the cross street in spite of the mile difference between the two routes. I wasn't expecting to catch them or really even see them again but up the road a couple of miles I see them resting at the stop sign ahead of me. Game ON! They pull out a good way ahead of me but I had a couple of advantages over them at this point. We were catching a headwind well into the 15's and the whole segment is a false flat just slightly uphill.
I close the distance to them fairly quickly at first until they realize I am trying to close on them. I wouldn't say they were "racing" me at first but certainly picked up their pace when they became aware. I swapped into the 3rd drive on my SRAM DD3 and the big ring and was giving it everything I had. The wind took its toll on them and I was able to get around all three of them. I made sure to appear as if it were effortless as I came by, none of the exertion I was actually under allowed to show...at least until I was past them. One of the three riders accepted the challenge at this point and made a concerted effort to keep up with me. Once again, for the luck of wind direction they really had the odds stacked against them for the segment I had chosen. I was able to stay ahead of them for the couple of miles back to the end of the road pulling just under a 20 mph average for those few miles.
Lol, I was so stoked to have caught a beat them at my imaginary race. I just hope next time they don't see me coming earlier.