Alright so several weeks ago I did 6 Gap Century in Dahlonega, GA. It was a fun event and really eye opening at how much fitness I have lost in the last 5 months or so. The riding has slipped a bit since our move, and a little before that for that matter, the guys I did Phantom canyon with can attest to that! 🙂 But hopefully really long days of work are going to become fewer and farther between and a little more consistency will come back in my training which is necessary in preparation for RAAM next year.
Anyways…enough about that and on to my real reason for writing. At 6 Gap I was surprised by the audacity of one individual who stated, “Dumb racers go to fast to even enjoy the scenery,” as I was riding through a little slower moving traffic (missed the start by 10-15min…oops!). This really bothered me because I felt I was being as courteous as possible in going by. Either way I think there is something that the “racers” need to understand as well as the more recreational crowd and everyone in between. Everyone gets their enjoyment from riding in different ways, some enjoy the scenery, others like to push their limits. The most important thing is that we all have a mutual respect for everyone that is out on the road. Love what you do and just be glad that someone is out on the road and riding in a respectable manner to continue to give cyclists a good name.