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Ridiculed on a group ride . . .(11 posts)

Ridiculed on a group ride . . .morrison
Mar 18, 2002 7:08 AM
on Saturday. Here's what happened: It was short ride (30 miles, very flat). It was predetermined that on the last 10 or so, we'd 'race' back. There are some cat2s and 3s in the group, a couple of RAAM guys, as well as a fair collection of newbies. All told, there were about 40 riders.

When we hit the last 10 miles, I went out with the lead group. I figured that eventually, I'd get dropped and join up with the second group. Well, for the first time in a long time, I hung in to the end. There were five of us out front riding a pretty good paceline, taking 15 second pulls through a pretty stiff headwind. After about 8 miles, I was sucking some serious wind. I signaled to the others that I was gassed, and stayed at the rear.

With about a half mile to go, I caught a second wind, and when the sprint started, I jumped up to the front. I KNOW I could have taken them, but instead, I sat up and let 'em go. My reasoning was that I was not going to be accused of sitting in and letting my friends work so that I could show them up on a sprint during a friendly social ride.

When we pulled up, everybody was laughing at me for sitting up. They said if I had the energy, I should have gone. What do you think?
ridiculed? no...weiwentg
Mar 18, 2002 7:15 AM
from my POV, it sounds like you should treat it as a compliment...
I wouldn't call it ridiculed...Lone Gunman
Mar 18, 2002 7:18 AM
just being a good sport. No prize money involved so what was the big deal? Actually it is fairly standard savy strategy on your part, you just didn't "close the deal". I doubt that many noticed you were sucking wheel for the last 2 miles or so.
Sounds likemuncher
Mar 18, 2002 7:20 AM
what I would have done (in the highly unlikley event that I might ever have been in danger of winning a sprint at the end of a 30 miler with a bunch of cat 2s, I might add...)

That being said, I would probably have said what they said to you - after all, training's training...
re: Ridiculed on a group ride . . .RayBan
Mar 18, 2002 8:11 AM
That's pretty noble of you to give them the finish but like you mentoned, you got a 2nd wind. If it was me I would have "worked on my sprint" at the finish. Pretty cool how you've improved eh??
Yes it is. But I'll never get back to where I wasmorrison
Mar 18, 2002 8:25 AM
in college. Oh well.
Never say never...NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 18, 2002 9:39 AM
Yeah, sounds to me like a positive experience.Leisure
Mar 18, 2002 10:50 AM
To me they're saying they wouldn't have taken it personally so just do your best.
re: Ridiculed on a group ride . . .MikeC
Mar 18, 2002 11:28 AM
Obviously, I wasn't there, BUT, busting someone's chops is often the sign that they're accepted into the "club." If people are stand-offish, you're still an outsider. If you get beat up, welcome to the family.
re: Ridiculed on a group ride . . .Crankist
Mar 18, 2002 5:53 PM
I think that their response would have been different had you taken them. Something like:"letting [your] friends work so that [you] could show them up on a sprint during a friendly social ride", perhaps. You're a dirty, dirty dog who did the right thing.
Depends on your crewElefantino
Mar 18, 2002 10:02 PM
Each Saturday morning we ride from the suburbs to downtown and do a full sprint from the coffee factory to the stadium. Maybe a little more than a mile

In the half-mile leading up to that mile, there are very few of us who say "I feel good today." Generall we speak of stomach ailments, cramps, late nights, flat tires, forgotten ClifSnots, etc. And then when the pseudo-sandbagging is complete, someone always jumps early, before the underpass, and the hammer is on.

The winner is always accused of cheating, and we always stop to blab for a few minutes because it's our halfway point and it's tradition to stop across from the stadium.

It's a ritual, and a fun one. Sometimes we take ourselves way, too seriously. Believe me, I know.

My advice: If it happens again, blow past them and say "those nachos and peppers I had for breakfast must have finally kicked in."