So as the father of three, and entering my mid-40s, I've sort of turned the corner on my racing 'career'. I just don't really enjoy it anymore. I still love to ride, and am definitely harder than most, AND I can still turn the screw down tight if necessary. I just don't like to do it EVERY ride.
Ergo, I started doing a different ride. It's filled with guys (and ladies) like me. It's a great ride, on a great loop.
Unfortunately, the "racers" started appearing. Fine, whatever...to each his own...
The problem? The "racers" that show are the new-school, wannabe jackoffs who like the team kit, but don't like actually toeing the line. About a dozen of them showed up tonight.
One of the biggest weekends in Southeast racing is THIS weekend. Athens, including the Twilight Pro race, and Roswell...both in Georgia. Both are great courses, and the weather is supposed to be perfect.
Are any of them going? Nope...not a one.
Instead, they showed up tonight and completely dicked the ride. There was much grumbling among the regulars about their behavior. It's not like the ride is normally slow either. It averages well over 22mph w/o the general douchebaggery of the "racers". Hell, I come home with 20-21 average INCLUDING spinning over to the ride, and spinning home...thru the neighborhood!
My main issue is the lack of respect towards the main bunch of riders who started the ride years ago, and keep it going. These "racers" just haven't learned perspective, or how and when to reign it in. Guys who are truly strong don't feel the need for the sword fight on every ride.
If you show up to someone else's party, don't piss in the punchbowl.
And if you can't sack up to race on Saturday, leave it in your pants on Thursday!