The more I think about the fella that I spoke with before our ride last night, the one who was complaining about cyclists because they [the main group] don’t wait up for the slower riders (we’re talking about 6-10 mph difference here folks) like running groups do, the more it bugs me. Now this was an older fellow, maybe six to eight years my senior that we’re talking about here, so it’s not like I’m looking at some wet behind the ears kid that just doesn’t know any better…this is a grown man.
I realize this comes down to winners and losers, and nobody likes to be a loser (I’m guessing here, you’d have to ask him), but dammit ladies and gentlemen, how self absorbed do you have to be to complain about this when you’re attending an advanced ride? The way he was carrying on, he honestly expected the rest of the group (or at the very least a part of it) to have a sucky, slow ride just so he could have fun – when there are other no drop rides on other days of the week.
To put this in perspective, I regularly ride at around 19.5 to 20 mph on my own. According to this guy he’s good at around 16 mph – my recovery rides are faster than that.
The attitude is what gets me, my friends. I was raised, not only as a kid but as a runner too, that it is my responsibility to keep up, not for others to wait for me. Sure I had a couple of friends to help me out at first, to show me the route and everything, but to hold my hand and hang with me? Uh, no that most definitely is not the case… If I wanted to keep up, it was my job to get faster.
I just don’t understand that mentality folks – actually come to think of it, I’m glad I don’t get it. I can’t imagine my happiness hinging on someone else slowing down for me.
And that’s definitely a good thing.