the sweet caress of the mist-like rain, the delicate ssssshhhh of the tyres on the wet road, the slight suppression of cycle noises- it was a delight to be riding into work today.
heading along the gct just before the toorak road underpass i heard the unmistakable rumble sounds of an knobby-tyred mtb being pushed hard past me. i was sitting easily on about 30 kmh, and so the rider was having to stand to get past. good exercise for him, almost made me feel guilty about the efficiency of my road bike.
we then hit the slight uphill to the velodrome, and he started to slow down. normally i stay on pretty much the same speed going up the hill, and so the questions started inside my mind: "now he's going slower than me, so i should overtake him? but then he will think that i am miffed that he overtook me and i am just challenging him back? so perhaps i should just stay here?"
"just staying here" was getting slower and slower so finally i overtook him heading up the hill. trouble was, now i felt honour-bound to keep ahead of him to avoid the embarrassing leap-frogging that might otherwise occur, so i upped my speed by about 2 to 3 kmh, which meant getting slightly warmer in my rain jacket than i had wanted. such are the vicissitudes of the cycling life!
after a while i noticed he had slotted in behind me, which was probably the best thing for him to do, given that my acceleration would be better than his. i have to admit that i toyed with him a bit, accelerating a little harder at times than i needed to do, typically after slowing right down to give way to pedestrians or other cyclists. tsk tsk.
upon reaching the flat stretch just before the swan street bridge he overtook me again, and that was fine. it's a great pity he then went and spoiled it all by almost immediately overtaking a pedestrian while ignoring the cyclist coming towards us, forcing them to brake hard and swerve off the path. why is being courteous to others such a difficult thing to do?
oh well, that little peccadillo aside, a great way to arrive at the city.
getting older but still enjoying cycling