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Couldn’t drop this wheelsucker.(18 posts)

Couldn’t drop this wheelsucker.MB1
Sep 10, 2001 7:02 AM
So we are out for this casual ride on Saturday.

Miss M takes a nice long pull then drops off and decides to take a different route back to the start. She'll head home early. I pull through and hold a nice steady pace for a while. But there was this wheelsucker I couldn't drop. O.K. I figure, I'll make him pull through.

So I start slowing up a little bit on the climbs trying to force him to the front. It didn't work, he was just able to go much slower than I could on the climbs. I slow to a walking pace-he walks. I pick it up on the downhills and he just coasts along right next to me. I just couldn't get him to the front.

So, I've had it with this nonsense he ain't going to pull through I ain't gonna work hard. We putzed the last bit of the ride setting up for the big sprint. Finally with 100 yards to go I'm out of the saddle sprinting and I miss the turn.

Burned-I guess I never was much of a sprinter. Good thing Humma relented and gave me a ride home.
re: Couldn’t drop this wheelsucker.raboboy
Sep 10, 2001 7:06 AM
did you ask him to lead a bit?
He was too busy talking about his bike & diet. nmMB1
Sep 10, 2001 7:15 AM
this would be hummah hah, right?bianchi boy
Sep 10, 2001 7:22 AM
His recollection of the ride is a little different. He left out the part about the final sprint, though.
One more questionbianchi boy
Sep 10, 2001 7:23 AM
How many donut breaks?
Would you believe none??!!!MB1
Sep 10, 2001 7:43 AM
He did a pretty good job of staying hydrated after Miss M pulled off. She pushed him a bit.

We didn't stop much at all just mostly kept a nice steady pace-cept for those 16% climbs the last few miles. (Funny, they seemed flat on the way out).
He could have been a little tired by then.MB1
Sep 10, 2001 7:24 AM
At about mile 135 I figured "Stick a fork in him, he's done." He actually finished fairly strong considering.
My recollection of the big sprint ...Humma Hah
Sep 10, 2001 11:50 AM
... MB1 stood up, laid into the pedals, and pulled away like Star Trek special effects. The last time I had anyone pull away from me like that was when I was pacing around the San Diego Velodrome, on the cruiser, tagging along behind some of Eddie B's pupils, and they started a sprint.

If MB1 missed the turn into the parking lot, I wasn't close enough to see it. He was riding lazy circles near my truck when I pulled in, glad to have survived.
Well I did have a little warmup... nmMB1
Sep 10, 2001 11:55 AM
He probably was just a guy who was happy to be keeping up andbill
Sep 10, 2001 7:30 AM
who lacked the confidence to take a pull. When you pulled back, he decided that maybe you were human, was glad of it, and took a breather, too. That's probably all it was.
Every once in a awhile this board goes into paroxysms over this issue. I only recently have begun to have the confidence to lead. You see it as taking his turn; he sees it as a responsibility that he is not at all sure that he wants to take you or that you even want to let him have.
Here's where a little understanding is in order. Figure out a nice, pointed way of explaining that you would appreciate his taking the lead for awhile. You may find out that he's thrilled. Then give him a few pointers (if he needs them, which he probably does) about maintaining speed, pointing out sh*t and turns and slows and stops, and he's doubly thrilled, because now he's a real cyclist.
Don't underestimate simple and well-meaning ignorance and inexperience.
I think Miss M intimidated him. Something about calves. nmMB1
Sep 10, 2001 7:33 AM
Face it, he has no shame! nmJon Billheimer
Sep 10, 2001 7:35 AM
Bill, read hummah hah's post below ...bianchi boy
Sep 10, 2001 7:36 AM
And it will all begin to fall in place.
Oh. Never mind. I notice, however, that MB1 hasn't postedbill
Sep 10, 2001 8:06 AM
a reverie about HH's calves. I'm sure that they are impressive, nonetheless.
I'll get off of my soap box now.
Thats cause they were always behind me. ;-) nmMB1
Sep 10, 2001 8:16 AM
But did you make him HURT?Humma Hah
Sep 10, 2001 8:24 AM
... Do I remember some comment about liking to make younger guys hurt?

I'm still a little sore.

Thanks for the pull! You're almost as awesome as Miss M!
And not a word about my calves.MB1
Sep 10, 2001 8:28 AM
You really know how to hurt a guy!
By the time Miss M finished with me ...Humma Hah
Sep 10, 2001 8:37 AM
... it was about all I could do to raise my eyes enough to see my front wheel.

OK, folks, obviously there is nothing wrong with MB1's fitness, either. He's several years older than I am, considerably leaner, wirey muscles, and phenomenal endurance.

The trouble is, he hangs around with a woman who steals the show in the fitness department.