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should have known better…

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by alecstilleyedye, 14 Mar 2008.

  1. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    …got into a commuter race today :biggrin:

    caught up with a chap on a road bike at the lights. baggy shorts (brave chap), but otherwise a roadie (nice specialized bike, better than my 531 commuter, oh and no rucksack). we exchanged pleasantries, and i clipped in quicker so bid him good day as i went off ahead. i thought i had gotten away from him as i went up a short rise and through some traffic lights. ahead was a girl in hi-viz, at which point the other chap breezes past. i should have let it go, but i just had to overtake again, and pass the girl first. thus ensuring that i was coughing my guts up when i got to work, as i've had a cold all week.

    i might have won, but was it really worth it?
     
  2. Yes.Always.
     
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    commuter races are great fun...you get to exercise parts of the lungs you didnt know even existed!
     
  4. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Oh yes, as long as you didn't lose your dignity as well.
     
  5. biking_fox

    biking_fox Über Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    Just think how impressed the girl in high vis was ... two brave chaps racing for her attention.....:biggrin:

    Always worth it. Particularly if you win.
     
  6. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    Love the qualification, I always use a rucksack....so thats why they all pass me and I thought it was being a fat middle aged bloke on a bike:biggrin:;)
     
  7. janm399

    janm399 Über Member

    Location:
    Oxford
    Other fast commuters are killers on my recovery days. Just this morning, I was trying my best to keep the speed down, until another chap passes me on the A6 "hill" from Stockport. And there it goes: mind goes into "a dog that's just seen a cat" and commuter race is on. My legs felt like lead at the top of the hill, but hey -- it was worth it :biggrin:
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Bit of a drag that bit out of Stockport on the A6... ah but there is no hiding on a hill...
     
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I don't race exactly but I do enjoy catching up and passing other riders

    I've lately realised that these days I do what others used to do to me, cruise pass seemingly without effort other bikes puffing and panting along

    And I do like trying to keep up with/chase quicker riders, the bastards

    once the new ride arrives the only excuse I'll have is a single pannier
     
  10. Monkey Boy

    Monkey Boy New Member

    Yeah right :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  11. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Last time I 'showed off' in front a lady I lost my front teeth !

    Not recommended.
     
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Yesterday I was genuinely beaten for pace for the first time in... I seriously cannot remember the last time. I was on my fixie too! :biggrin:

    Going toward Bow flyover I managed to get ahead of this guy but going up the hill he had the better of me and I was totally flat out, nothing left to give, just watching him pull away.

    And he had mudguards and a large rucksack.

    We hit heavy traffic down the other side and I left him for dead but that was only a very small consolation.

    I think it's time to go for some longer training rides.
     
  13. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Er, how the feck did you manage that? :biggrin:
     
  14. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    i might have won, but was it really worth it ?

    It is always worth it. I got sneaked up on by 2 this morning working in a pair who got the drop on me. 2 miles further on and revenge was sweet :biggrin:
     
  15. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk

    :ohmy::biggrin::biggrin: Oh dear, you're in denial.