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I am officially a diesel...(11 posts)

I am officially a diesel...aet
Apr 15, 2002 7:29 AM
did the ride for the roses this weekend. was riding with a friend over a flat semiflat stretch of several miles and we got to a hill and about 5 or six people passed me immediately on that hill. my friend says to me that those guys had been tucked in tight behind me for miles. i can't believe they deserted me on that hill, though.
fair is fairmr_spin
Apr 15, 2002 7:35 AM
When I did RFR in 2000 the same thing happened to me. Pulled guys for miles, no one would help, then they jump past me on a hill. Bastards! So I sprinted up the hill, caught them and sat on for a few miles. Fair is fair!
suckers and wheel suckersRideLots
Apr 15, 2002 8:04 AM
You are a sucker (meant in the kindest way). A sucker, just as you did, pulls everyone along on the flats and then wonders what the heck is going on when the next hill comes. Wheel suckers sit behind suckers and pull away on the hills, totally refreshed.

You learned something that most everyone does. Many cyclists will be happy to sit behind someone else all day long on the flats. The follower is saving about 20-30% of energy by doing so. That savings helps a lot on the next hill.

I think a true diesel would ride wheelsuckers right off his wheel. That is, they can't even hang on.

To avoid being deserted on the hills, don't take pulls any longer than anyone else, and be sure your pull isn't right before the hill. As you can see, people won't be very thoughtful about waiting for you after you blow up.

Of course, on a charity ride, who really cares what happens. As long as you enjoy the ride, what the heck?
i had lotso fun. i just did not know they were back there(NM).aet
Apr 15, 2002 8:20 AM
I use one of these:RideLots
Apr 15, 2002 8:31 AM :-)
i may get one for the shiner ride(nm)aet
Apr 15, 2002 8:37 AM
It's worse when you try to pull off and they won't come by! nmdzrider
Apr 15, 2002 9:11 AM
that's what brakes are for :-) nmRideLots
Apr 15, 2002 9:44 AM
I think all I did was pull wheel suckers all weekend!Tig
Apr 15, 2002 11:06 AM
I pulled 2 guys for the last 10 miles of a 40 on Saturday. No problem, since they asked if they could saying they were out of shape and just wanted a tow home. This was after the previous 10 miles of riding within a 5 person paceline they sometimes pulled in.

Sunday's benefit metric century was a fun ride, with many more suckers. I don't mind since that is typical of these kind of rides. Besides, it lets me know my form is improving. I let a group of 20 club riders that I know go off while I warmed up so I could try to catch them later. It took 14 miles to catch them since they were riding at a steady 22-23 pace. I'd occasionally rest behind someone's wheel for a few minutes and then keep on going. I can't count how many people jumped on my wheel to suck as I passed them, only to fall off later. At one point there were about 7 or 8 back there! As I got within reach of my group I hammered for a few minutes and thankfully bridged up to them.

This challenge was a blast! The rest of the ride was easy after that.
Man, I just don't get it.JS
Apr 15, 2002 2:05 PM
First off, it's not a race so who cares? I get a kick out of people who won't race or say it's stupid, but get all competitive in a frickin charity ride or century, what is that.
Apparently not.Ahimsa
Apr 15, 2002 4:05 PM
Did we read the same post here bro?

He never complained. Never mentioned racing. Never mentioned competition.

He just stated what happened.

Re-read it, please.


A. (Choose yer battles.....go beat up on the Seatleite who hates the rain.)