Contrary to knobber belief, Cycling isn’t about “smashing stuff, yeah” and saying “yeah” after everything, like a third rate Gordon Ramsay. It’s different strokes for different folks. You may find that the riders who suddenly seem to be able to pass you, on a mountain bike, wearing clogs, or whatever, effortlessly, actually ‘blow up’ fairly soon after the ‘hero pass’ and if you maintain the pace you were, or increase it slightly, you’ll soon be back past, and gapping them significantly, with little or no real extra effort. Don’t just think they’re quicker than you, so that’s that, they’ve normally made an unsustainable effort to get past you, and as long as you don’t let it get to you, it’s no problem really. I led a challenge ride last year, and my group and I came across a ‘sportive’ not far from the end. We passed a group ( doing the Sportive ) and a couple of them got the hump, and broke their backsides to repass our group. I just signalled to the others in my group to form a chain behind me, then upped the pace by a couple of miles an hour, and we repassed the chopper brigade, as they blew up, 10 seconds after having passed us, much to the enjoyment of some of the rest of my group. It was probably a bit childish, but it was fun, we ‘smashed them, yeah’ they had no reply, yeah. That’s all part of the fun, knowing who’s actually a genuinely quick rider, and who’s a ‘have a go hero’.