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Old 09-24-09, 07:58 AM
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Commuter racing...

LOL. You guys should get a kick out of this one, wife had no appreciation.

Headed home last night, about 1/2 way through my 25 mile commute, when in front of me I see another commuter, and see his keys fall from his pocket. We're cruising along at a good clip, and he never noticed. I stopped to pick them up, and took off after him.

I was working to catch up, and he kept checking my distance, and it was obvious that he was turning the wattage up. Big time. Wasn't within shouting distance.

Harder I pedaled, harder he turned it up. Managed to hit 30mph on the flats. Try as I did, he couldn't pull away and I couldn't freaking catch him.

Finally.... 10 miles later he got caught by a cross-street and I got within distance. I handed him his keys....and I think he said thanks but can't be sure because by that time my heart was pounding in my ears and I was panting like a dog on a summer day

So thanks to the guy that dropped his keys, I knocked 8 minutes off my PR for time, set a new average speed and top speed (36.5 mph) PR to boot.

Had to take a lazy recovery in this am tho!
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Old 09-24-09, 08:02 AM
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Awesome! Congrats on the PR and for being such a kind (pounding) hearted person!
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Nice story, hopefully he did say "thanks" and felt like a bit of a tool for trying so hard to "win."
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You should have shown him the keys and then made him chase you.
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This isn't commuter racing! This is a high speed bike pursuit.
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Old 09-24-09, 09:45 AM
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you should have shown him the keys and then made him chase you.
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Good job keeping up with him. You should've followed him home and put those keys to good use.
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Strong work. There are a surprisingly large # of folks like that in SoCal.

It humors me every time - I'm not a great rider by any means, but I'm no slouch, and I often ride the flat parts of the PCH as a "warmup" before a real mountain climb. I get all sorts of characters drafting me, trying to stay in front of me, etc. and it's really quite comical once we hit the first "real" climb (long even a long one) and I can usually go nearly twice their climbing speed without even standing on the pedals.

These folks need to go riding with a racing club to get their kicks out. Once you get smoked by Cat1s on a REAL hammerfest, these things are truly riduclous.
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Old 09-25-09, 07:58 AM
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Great story!
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Old 09-25-09, 08:56 AM
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Awesome story. Thanks!
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Old 09-25-09, 11:53 AM
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ha, good one. On a commute if I saw a guy doing basically the same speed as me I'd rather come along side and have a brief chat than race. Cameraderie and all that.
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I was on my folding bike today and saw by the shadow of the sun that someone was trying to draft me. I cranked it up to 40 kmph (25 mph) and dropped him. I'm not sure why I did it, I guess I just couldn't help myself. I don't like getting passed by other bikes, even if I'm on a "slow" bike. I know I shouldn't care, but for some strange reason, I do.
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