25 April 2008

Mountain Biking Observations: Do Roadies Really Hate Us?

So, I am coming to more and more conclusions about mountain biking vs road biking. Last week I shared the reason I will no longer carry protein bars with me, this week? This week I will share a new hatred for road cyclists. I say this partly as a smartass and partly because I am a bitter jerk. Those of you who know me, the wop that I am, know that I have a long fuse. A long but very, very… very quick fuse. As a matter of fact it burns in the time it takes an average person go from start to finish on a sneeze. Yes, that quick.
Digressing, I’m out the other day, sort of pissed off to begin with, plugging along pretty hard feeling good, putting my aggression into the ride when it happens: I’m going from trail to trail across a road, I see a group of roadies flying by and do a nice little track stand on the pavement to let them pass, and just then one of the guys at the back (you know as in the slow guys in the pack) looks at me in his kit (that I’m guessing was bought not earned, again back of the pack) and scoffs at me as he passes. Now, let me clarify by saying I’m not the speed racer of cycling, never claimed to be but I also specifically don’t own team gear for that reason.
To get to the point, I think I may have made a discovery. It seems “serious” roadies want nothing to do with mountain guys. Is this true? If so, will I have to become self loathing? Will I have to taunt myself in the mirror? It’s going to be a long, weird summer, isn’t it?


Judi said...

I don't think so Phun - but I do think some cyclists are just assholes. Like those mntn bike guys I saw the other day, all dressed in their "kits".

Whatever! is all I say to them.

Bluenoser said...

They are everywhere Phun. You can dress them up but you can't take them out. A poseur is a poseur no matter what they are doing.


Highwaymunky said...

Can't we all just get along....NO!!! because we are all weird and scared by what we don't understand. I lot of "roadies" do not get the attraction of mud, the joy of the trail, drop off's, natural trails. They just don't get the back to nature essence of MTB'ing. There are a select few who get both road and mtb, they usual blog about it too. Hey that's us!

sprider said...

A jerk's a jerk, no matter what he rides. Come up and ride with us, we love both. It's roads all summer because of the bugs in the woods (as in your other complaint), then mtb's about 7 months of the year.

Harp said...

I agree with judi. Some cyclist's are just assholes. I race mtb but train a lot on the road. I get the treatment from both when I'm on the opposite of what their riding. Roadies I come across a lot where I train at seem to not like me though cause they see me do both. Or is it they see me do both and I put a hurt on em on the climbs.

Bluenoser said...

Yes Phun I can't quite figure it out. I've been riding and racing a long time. I don't know what is up with these people. It's like everyone here has said. There seem to be only a few of us that get the big picture.

The rest seem to use whatever as a penis extention.


Harp said...

Amen Brother.