Andy R wrote:
Not related to this in any way really but the other side of the issue -
On my way back from work yesterday in my van I was driving (slowly and cautiously) up a narrow (single track) tarmac climb and caught up with two road cyclists, a man and a woman, both resplendent in their "MT" (Manx Telecom) team kit. As we were on a long right-hand bend and I couldn't see past, I just considerately sat about 10 metres behind them and waited for better visibility.
The woman, who was at the back, just kept waving me through and shouted "overtake then, if you want!". Thinking that maybe she had better visibility around the bend than me, I crept past her, only to be met with a car coming down the hill......
As I dropped back I said to her (through my open nearside window) that was the very reason I hadn't overtaken them earlier. I just got given the finger and told to "F**k off".
I was (and still am, to be honest) bloody infuriated. I put up with a lot of things but I won't usually tolerate blatant (and unfounded) rudeness and abuse. And although I was, for a moment, tempted to pull in 100 metres up the hill, stop her and ask her what her f**king problem was, I realised that I'd just have to suck it up,ignore it and put it down to just yet another gobby woman.
They always seem to be mid 30's/40 ish too, for some reason.
That happens to me at least a half dozen times a week. There seems to be a spate of militant roadies this year. You sit back to allow them safety and they take it as some sort of insult that you won't follow their directions to overtake, often on blind bends or summits.
Often we are sat behind for several minutes before an opportunity arrives for a safe pass. Would it hurt to lift a hand up to acknowledge some consideration?
The doctor diagnosed me with hereditary diarrhoea. I can't understand, I wear a kilt.