Notices
Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling Do you enjoy centuries, double centuries, brevets, randonnees, and 24-hour time trials? Share ride reports, and exchange training, equipment, and nutrition information specific to long distance cycling. This isn't for tours, this is for endurance events cycling
View Poll Results: How do you prefer to ride?
Social creature: I love the groups and meeting people. This is MY kinda party.
24.24%
Lone Wolf: I prefer to be one with the course, not the croud
21.21%
I don't care: If they are my speed, we're buddy's. If not, Hasta Later!
57.58%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll

Alone vs. Groups

Old 09-12-12, 03:23 PM
  #26  
Senior Member
 
Homeyba's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Central Coast, California
Posts: 3,370

Bikes: Colnago C-50, Calfee Dragonfly Tandem, Specialized Allez Pro, Peugeot Competition Light

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Of all the 1200ks I've done (not that it's that many) I've only ridden the whole way with another rider once and we actually hooked up with an awesome group and the six of us stayed together for the last 700kms or so. Especially on 1200ks, groups tend to be very nebulous. They form, break up and reform all the time. Some people like to sleep more or stop more, whatever. You have to just role with the punches. Sometimes you just don't want to ride with "that" person for whatever reason. Sometimes when I ride by myself I prefer to be alone. There are plenty of opportunities on long brevets to hook up with others or not. You just can't be upset if others decide they want ride with someone else or alone. Chances are it wasn't because you smelled bad!
Homeyba is offline  
Old 09-13-12, 05:20 PM
  #27  
Senior Member
 
Keith99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 5,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Machka
Also, I've been in situations where a group has formed as the sun goes down, and we all agree to stick together through the night. Once morning comes we might separate, but through the darkness we travel in a group ... safety in numbers.
That I can understand. The first 200 mile ride I did I was with 2 other riders not too much before sunset. I picked up a bit of steel belt and flatted. Turned out I was able to hammer enough after the change to catch them. Good thing for them as because of road hazards each of them had lost a light (one head, the other tail). We stayed as a threesome until a couple of miles from the end where we left the main road for a clam sidestreet. At that point I hammered on.
Keith99 is offline  
Old 09-15-12, 06:18 PM
  #28  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Van BC
Posts: 3,744
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by thebulls
I'd say this isn't quite true. If you ride with a group for the first 120 miles of a 200km, then start riding hard just a few miles from the end to drop them so you can come in "first" then you're going to get ostracised and next time around, the group probably will not be so friendly to you.

Nick
Oh, for sure. I would even say that at any stage of a brevet, any form of "deliberate" attack like you'd see in a race, where you are conspicuously trying to get away from a group, would lead people to think you are a jerk. I was talking more about indirect dropping, where you are faster than the other member(s) of a group and simply ride away. I guess there are cases where the difference is blurry, but I think I have never seen a randonneur attack a group like a racer would and would be somewhat aghast if i did. even reading blogs of really fast and competitive-ish randonneurs like Chris Ragsdale, the attacking you read about is mostly just riding at a pace that's faster than the rest of the group.

Last edited by mander; 09-15-12 at 06:23 PM.
mander is offline  
Old 09-15-12, 09:32 PM
  #29  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Van BC
Posts: 3,744
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Also, is anyone else seeing google text ads for god damn EPO? they have us pegged I guess
mander is offline  
Old 09-21-12, 06:41 AM
  #30  
Member
 
lem0ndrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 40
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have been riding on and off for about 25 years and have never ridden in a group. I must admit I am not a very social person and like setting my own pace goals. I do try to ride organised events as I'm not very creative as far as choosing routes and these ride help me by selecting different distances.
lem0ndrider is offline  
Old 09-23-12, 09:42 AM
  #31  
Newbee
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 29

Bikes: Argon 18 to be transformed into a cross country machine!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Alone gives a person time to reflect and enjoy the ride.
poplid is offline  
Old 09-28-12, 04:02 PM
  #32  
Senior Member
 
Hairy Hands's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 300

Bikes: Colnago C50, Specialized TriCross Carbon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I will start out by saying I prefer to ride alone, as that is normally the only time I get any peace and quiet.. At work I am constantly being spoken to, and at home with 2 girls I get no peace either. Only time I have no external demands is when I'm on my bike, I do however enjoy riding organized rides with lots of people around and great scenery. Just please don't bother me!

Last edited by Hairy Hands; 09-28-12 at 04:06 PM.
Hairy Hands is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
robncircus
Southern California
6
02-26-18 07:33 PM
jay002
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
15
04-20-16 07:59 PM
Juan Foote
Road Cycling
53
08-29-12 04:12 AM
deacon mark
Road Cycling
14
07-17-11 05:06 PM
deacon mark
Road Cycling
9
03-08-10 10:23 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.