As promised, I will address the “that other guy” in the group. He has nice bike, wears all the right stuff, water bottles topped off, and a jersey full of food. He’s nice guy with whom anyone can have a good conversation, but there is a slight problem . . .
Here are the top ten reasons why “that guy” will not do his share of the work in a group ride:
- Rode hard and solo the day before and legs need the rest
- Hears a noise in the bottom bracket . . . no, wait. It’s the rear derailleur. Or is it? . . . hold on
- Bibs need a quick adjustment
- My riding up front slows the whole group down
- Garmin won’t sync.
- Too thin to pull . . . more of a climber
- Pre-ride meal not agreeing with system
- Need to talk to so-and-so about an issue
- This banana peel will not cooperate
Just shut up and pedal. There are a hundred more excuses out there. But if eight are in the group, and two are doing most of the work . . . what’s the point in eight? Suffering is part of the greater good. It makes the drift to the back all that more rewarding. I personally like my drift back, taking a pull on my bottle, and hearing the words “good pull, Scotty.”