Reminds me of the pastime of "roadie baiting" that we engaged in during the early days of mountain biking. The rules go like this:
Best done with three off you, hang out on the side of a nice straight road with lots of off road access points, all the better if you are hidden by vegetation. (The Wanstead New Road and Epping New Road through Epping Forest was ideal for this).
Upon spotting a bunch of roadies out for their Sunday morning chain gang, get read to go.
As they pass, pull out and hammer like mad until you get on their tail, obviously rider one in your group has to lead out.
Stick on the end of the chain and let rider two take the lead until the opportunity to break comes, this is usually when the lead roadie pulls off the front.
Rider two puts the hammer down big time and passes them, dragging the other two with him, it helps if they were not even aware of you catching up. Usually the element of surprise will give you a gap on them.
Once past, rider three takes the lead and you pedal for all you are worth because you can guarantee that they will give chase.
Once you have suitably annoyed them, your lungs are about to burst and they look like catching up, look for the nearest point you can go off road and peel off the road! Thus leaving a bunch of frustrated roadies unable to follow and continue the chase.
Oh what fun
1991 Cannondale SM1000
2004 Specialized Epic Comp Disc