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Swerve...or, am I in trouble?(8 posts)

Swerve...or, am I in trouble?IFTreedog
May 7, 2003 8:25 AM
On yesterday's group ride I swerved about 1 meter to get ahead of slower riders on an overpass climb. In doing so I came through the sagging pack and across a rider on my left and angled uphill while accelerating away from him. The last thing I heard was '...hey...', and some muttering.

Turns out I swerved ahead of the ride organizer and chief referee...the same guy who nails folks for center-line violations.

So, my question is, am I in trouble? If it had been just some poor schlub like me instead of 'The Man', would there have been a follow-up?

More details: 50+ riders, 2hrs, pan-flat out of the wind except for the overpass, 27-28mph at this point, hard left coming up..

Thanks for the help, I'll find out more Thursday when I go back...
Someone should take away your bike, you are banned!! (nm)onespeed
May 7, 2003 8:42 AM
well.....rollo tommassi
May 7, 2003 9:11 AM
were the slower riders keeping to the right, or were they taking up the entire lane? If so, you can certainly bring it up with the 'ride leader' you flicked ;)

I don't know, it's the sort of thing that people start pointing fingers and blah blah blah. I wouldn't get too bent out of shape over it.

The thing to learn from this is "positioning"....if it's flat, you'll see the overpass ahead, and you need to move to the front or get behind the strong wheels. Be proactive and try to avoid the argy bargy as people screw up their shifts and fall back. If you know the course, and get to know the stronger riders, you can anticipate this situation.
"Ride organizer and chielf referee"???biknben
May 7, 2003 9:24 AM
Was this a race, event, or just a group ride? If it's just a group or club type ride you have probably become a marked man by that person you cut off. He may be weary of you in the future. Maybe he won't be as nice or something but I doubt it will ever come up again.

If it was some type of race I doubt it will be treated any differently. That guy will just make a point of staying away from you. He may point you out as "the squirrel" to his buddies.

In the future, you may want to make yourself a little more aware of your surrounding (fellow riders) before making a move like that. OTOH, I've seen far worse in racing and wouldn't concern myself too much.
group rideIFTreedog
May 7, 2003 10:44 AM
slower people were bunched up on the right and the fast guys all went wide on the left (it's a hard, fast right hand into the overpass)...somebody (a fast guy)put his hand above my left hip and 'guided' me in, and another guy immediately in front of me braked hard...I usually have a good burst up the incline and pass a lot of people, so when I was boxed in like that I just found the closest gap and pushed through...

in my defense I can say that I finally finished at the line, instead of with 1k to go, but I buried myself getting there, and I especially marked the guy on the Colnago who had put his hand on me earlier. I tagged his wheel and waited until he blew up, then I passed his very expensive bicycle, silently laughing.
re: am I in trouble?Fredrico
May 7, 2003 9:31 AM
If you crossed the center line, they could have yelled at you for that. Otherwise, they were just expressing their surprise that anyone would have the audacity to jump ahead on a climb, you know when all the blood flows out of the brain and into the quads. Keep doing it. They'll get a good training effect from it. Then you'll get a good training effect from them chasing you down and heating up the pace.
If not a race, screw it.R600DuraAce
May 7, 2003 9:48 AM
If this is not a race, screw it. You didn't break any rule that will disqualify you from racing. Group ride? The worst that could happen is that they don't let you ride with them. Big f00king deal. :-) It happened to me too. Guess what, I am racing now while they are nothing more than Sunday riders.
Elitist Pig (nm)53T
May 7, 2003 11:01 AM