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Great Job, Completing 500 Miles, my Multi Day Ride(6 posts)

Great Job, Completing 500 Miles, my Multi Day RideBike Bum
Feb 4, 2002 5:20 AM
Hey, to Flyingbowlofmilk, congradulations on the 500 mark. I just completed my first multiday road event (Costa Mesa to Oceanside,54.4 miles, Oceanside up through Fallbrook down to Escandido and back to Oceanside,84 miles, then Oceanside to San Diego, 54 miles). and yes I'm new to the Road Biking (since last Sept). Had a great time and this was the first time I got to ride with a group. there were a lot of novices in this group, some were tough to ride with and some were great. but by the second day we had formed a couple of pacelines and learned to ride together. That was a first time experience for me and it was great.
One question, We met different groups of riders during this ride(Specially between Oceanside and San Diego) I noticed an aloafness from the other cyclists who obviously more experienced. Is that arrogantance or is it "I'm not comfortable in spandex" slyness?...(that couldn't be it they were in great shape..) I've Mtn biked for years and never encountered a "additude" from another cyclist before...
re: Great Job, Completing 500 Miles, my Multi Day RideVitusdude
Feb 4, 2002 7:41 AM
Congrats on your ride. It only gets better. As to the attitude of the seemingly unfriendly cyclists -- probably a little arrogance mixed in with fatigue and focus trying to keep up in a fast paceline (assuming they were in a fast paceline). Don't let them spoil your fun or dictate your attitude. Ride friendly!
Hey, Good Job. Don't Worry About The A$&holes Out There...Greg Taylor
Feb 4, 2002 11:54 AM
It isn't all lactic acid and sweat...make sure that you have fun. The guys that I ride with make SURE that we have fun, and are well fed. Scroll down to the bit about "pancakes".
re: Great Job, Completing 500 Miles, my Multi Day Ridedsc
Feb 4, 2002 8:05 AM
Hey, congratulations on completing your first big road event. That's my riding area, too - Fallbrook, Oceanside & the coast. That 'attitude' that you ran into was was most likely from some club riders, out on one of their training rides. They're pretty serious when they're pack riding - much more relaxed when there is just one or two of them.

I, too, have ridden mtb for 10+ yrs around here, and it's definitely a different mindset. But, I have found that 99% of the roadies are cool, and will acknowledge you. If you're out riding some day and see a rider on a white Zurich w/ red trim, that's me; I'll be sure to return your wave.

Depends. San Diego attracts lots of cyclists, andmorrison
Feb 4, 2002 8:08 AM
some of the European teams train at the Arco center in the winter. People get lost in their own programs, and forget to be polite. It happens. Actually, I think a lot of guys are stand-offish or aloof b/c they don't want to appear as if they are encouraging you to join them.

Do you live in SD? If so, e-mail me and I'll hook you up w/ info on several decent groups for newbies. (
group riding and roadie snootinessTig
Feb 4, 2002 8:42 AM
You explained the 2 most common causes, lost in deep training space or stand-offishness. The latter can be due to bad past experiences (maybe an unskilled rider took down several in his/their group) and the resulting fear of something like that happening again. Even as a skilled rider with several years of experience, you will find people stand-offish to you if you are new to them, until they see you are safe and can be trusted.

Then there are a very small number of snobs who think they are too elite to mix with anyone else. I've seen that in the MTB world as well though. These poseurs are best left alone since they are no fun to ride with anyway. I think they must have an old saddle stuck up the chute!

Here's a good article on group riding for those who would like to learn the basics: