Well, no, not many mountains round here.... Does that make me a lesser person or something?lukesdad said:Mechanical breakdown is not the only reason for being out of control or unable to stop on a descent Arch. Weather conditions , road conditions and incompetence can be factors to. I can only suppose you dont do much riding on single track moutain roads in Winter. Where I live its par for the course. With 90% of the roads untreated.The vast majority of road users give way when going uphill....Why? because they know the likely Outcome if they don t.
I have no argument with your last point.lukesdad said:Simply Debian, because you have posted this in beginners. Had you posted it in racing or offroad and mountainbiking (where it should have been in my opinion) I probably wouldn t have even posted.
Their personal safety should be their first concern. Narrow roads on hills are particularly hazardous for new cyclists struggling to climb them, zig zagging, clipless moments etc. Giving way as I understand the term means to allow some one to pass safely. As a cyclist it should be a matter of course to do this when riding uphill, anything else is madness for reasons Ive allready stated. To imply to novices any other course of action IMO is irresponsible.
Your OP is a perfect example. From a distance you observed someone descending at speed on a loose surface. ( Now Im not making a judgement on what she was doing,Right or wrong that is what she was doing.) I assume you XC fairly regularly so you know the mindset when they descend. Did it not occur to you to give her as wide a berth as possible I.e.to give way to preserve your own personal safety?
Certainly no ambiguity from the point of view of going downhill, but what about from the point of view of the one going up. Not a lot of advice there..... What would yours be?.....Oh! Silly me. As in your OP I expect, carry on regardless untill its almost to late then give way. You can only control your own actions, not other peoples.
Two things Ive learnt in my years of cycling; Always expect the unexpected,and if you put yourself in danger expect to get hurt.