“Cat 6” Commuter Racing?

Here’s a bizarre article rambling around the bicycle Interpipes:

Cyclists have a joke about “racing in cat 6″ which, despite the name, is not exactly a race nor does it refer to an official category of cyclists. Cat 6 refers to commuter cyclists, and racing each other to work is their sport. Also called “the great commuter race” and “hipster racing,” cat-6 racing is the unspoken urban tradition of trying to go faster than, and not get passed by, a stranger on your bike.

From GOOD, via Prolly (via Bike Snob NYC)

We featured a guest article way back in March 2008 that gave the skinny on competitive commuting — apparently our guest writer Jack Elder was onto something!

I had no idea such a thing went on! I admit that when I see a cyclist far ahead of me on my commuting route, I will race to catch up because a) our bike community is rather small here in Tampa and I might just know the person ahead of me…and it’s always nice to say hi to a bike friend and b) I rarely wear my corrective eyeglasses while riding, so I have no idea who someone is until I’m right up on them. I don’t try to blow past to show my mad cycling prowess, I just want to see who it is.

Any Cat 6 commuter racers out there? Anyone experienced this?


  1. Wayne Myer November 12, 2010 10:22 pm 

    I see it all the time. I’ll roll up on some guy (always males that seem to do this) to share a greeting or check out their bike. More often than not, if the guy spots me, he’ll try to take off. Usually, I just let him go, but if I’m feeling antagonistic, I’ll hang a little off his wheel and let him run himself down.

    A most obvious example was at a brevet this past weekend. My stoker and I were in the last 500 meters of a populaire. We were coming up on a rider that was blatantly laboring and worn. As we started to roll past, he suddenly started wringing it, gasping and wheezing in some insecure effort not to be passed. There’s more context, but the short of it is: this guy was a DB all day long, scowling at anyone that passed him or offered help to other riders with problems.

    I don’t understand the mentality. Then again, I don’t race, either…

  2. Wayne Myer November 12, 2010 10:25 pm 

    Oh, another behavior I often see: riders that attempt to sneak attack. They don’t announce that they’re passing, yet stay within a couple feet. I always snap my head in their direction and shout out a “Good morning!” heh heh…

  3. PsySal November 12, 2010 10:46 pm 

    This happens a lot on a particular stretch of pathway here in Calgary, along the river coming into and out of downtown. I used to like to give chase (or be chased) when I first started riding a lot, but now feel it’s unsafe. Pathways are just too unpredictable, if you want to tear it up then hit the road!

    I think it’s quite OK to chase a bit on the road, pending conditions of course. There are a few well-used hills here and it’s a fun challenge to try and beat somebody at a climb.

    Of course, you never really sure whether the other guys is participating in the race or not, which is funny if you stop and think about it… =)

  4. Kristi November 13, 2010 7:52 am 

    Absolutely. I ride in NY along the west side bike path and have a few friends (all male) who are way more competitive than I am when it comes to racing to work. Sometimes I ride in with them but often I see them race past and it’s a quick hello and goodbye!

    I’ve been a bike commuter for over 10 years and have stopped getting into it with other cyclists even if it’s just for fun—unless I feel really dissed! Then I do my best to catch up and pass and let them know they just passed the wrong gal….

  5. Johnny K November 13, 2010 8:58 am 

    This is too funny… Since I cross the Acosta Bridge here in Jacksonville, FL I see this all the time. There are several bicycle clubs that use the bridge for umm training and it seems that they get a kick out of passing me a commuter with about 20 to 30 lbs. of baggage (aka laptop, clothes, brush, you know essentials) and they turn around and smile or they don’t say anything at all and just drift on my rear wheel for a few minutes and then pass. I usually move over and wave to let them pass. Little do they know that by the end of the day I have already ridden 20 miles since I go home for lunch. Anyhow on occasion I will let them pass me then catch them at the top of the span and overtake them back just to say “You with your fancy racing bike was overtaken by a humble commuter”.

  6. Mark Simpson November 13, 2010 9:50 am 

    I call it “Secret Bike Race”. And when i lose i declare that it was “Super Secret Opposite Bike Race” and thus by being slower i still win. :)

  7. Andy November 13, 2010 10:14 am 

    I love commuter races. I think I’m the sleeper though, because I’m often just going my usual speed up the hill, when a racer type will approach expecting to fly past me. I let them pass, then follow their wheel. I don’t do the big races myself, but do join in the local evening races, and commute year round up the big hills. So when the racers pass me on the commuter, I’m still able to keep up with no problem. I just wait for them to tire out and then ride next to them and have a laugh and a few words before the next turn.

    I rarely train for informal races, but the few times I try to get an extra 5 miles before racing, I just do a loop around the outskirts of the college campus and just try to catch all the commuters. It gives a good goal and makes me ride harder and faster than if I was just riding on my own.

  8. harry krishna November 13, 2010 11:16 am 


  9. zyzzyva November 13, 2010 11:55 am 

    Happens all the time here in San Francisco. I’ll admit I’ve done it a few times myself, but only under certain conditions. If I get passed by a guy in jeans and T-shirt on a commuter bike, I couldn’t care less. If I’m on my cargo bike and some dude flies past in full kit on a 16lb carbon fiber rig, it’s on!

  10. Big Dan November 13, 2010 1:04 pm 

    My daily uphill ride from work brings on an elevation gain of about 150 feet in one shot on the big hill. Going up, I’ve made it my challenge to pass any rider ahead of me, or to put a gap on anyone approaching from behind. I ride an old steel hybrid, with backpack, and so far, I “own” the hill. Cat 6 Racer? You bet!

  11. Ghost Rider November 13, 2010 1:42 pm 

    @J. Ryan — leave it to Twin Six to have the perfect jersey for it!

    Man, I need to get out more…or at least move to a more vibrant cycling city. I had NO IDEA Cat 6 racing was so common! Keep the stories coming, everyone — this is good stuff!

  12. Dan Wuh November 13, 2010 5:08 pm 

    Cat 6.5 – racing commuters in cars?

    I see so few people on my commute, I find myself racing cars off the line instead!

  13. Karen Coutts November 13, 2010 6:59 pm 

    Checking in from Vancouver. Unwilling Cat 6 racer here. Generally I like to ride quickly, because I like speed. On my commutes to and from downtown I noticed a pattern. Very often I am riding at a steady, fast speed, and… I approach someone steadily from a distance, and then, when I pass them, they suddenly speed up and try to pass me back. Here’s a clue to what is going on: I am female and they are always male. After huffing and puffing in an intense effort to pass me, without warning or signal they veer off to make a right immediately after passing me. This has happened many times. I find it quite a coincidence that they always manage to pass me right before the point they have to turn off… Do you think they are so spent from the effort and they cannot bear the thought that I might pass them back as they fizzle out?

  14. Bomber November 13, 2010 7:09 pm 

    I work on a college campus so as I approach or leave work, there is always some guy (yes almost always male) on a mountain bike who is going to catch and pass me. He is only going a mile, wants to “show up the roadie”, I’m going 18 each way. These people don’t bother me, I just chuckle. When I ride the mountain bike, this generally does not happen. I just get passed by a more diverse group of people when I ride the mtb. As Karen says above, they almost alway turn a short distance after passing me. I race myself, putting on between 150 and 180 miles per week, I can’t afford to ride anyone elses ride but my own. If you ride a bike to work, you are “beating” every car driver already, if your fragile ego needs to beat another biker to feel tough, well “go for it.” =Bomber

  15. minimumwage! November 14, 2010 9:48 pm 

    I live in a pretty small towne in Northeast Tennessee. I do not see a lot of commuters out on a regular basis, but when I see other bikers I try my best to catch up to them, just to make eye contact and say hello. Just trying to make connections with the rest of the bike community around here.
    I occasionally run into a club and/or one or two racers out and they have rarely been friendly, sometimes it looks like they try very hard to deny my existence on the road. Usually they just sprint past me and leave me just shaking my head wondering if that move somehow makes them feel like they are more of a cyclist than me. I could give a rat’s ass what kind of bike you are riding, how long you’ve been riding, or how light-weight your bike is, we are all out there having fun…the least you can do is smile and/or give a head nod in my direction.

  16. "Classic" Ron November 15, 2010 5:51 am 

    I am a “Cat 6” racer. Yes, I am that arrogant prick on a single speed with rolled up work pants racing past the Mid-Life Cyclists. I ride around my town so much that any cyclist is fair game for a race. I do tend to target the guys in full roadie kits because they give me the best challenge (the good ones will let me pass them and ride my tail before blowing by me on a flat section of town). These “Cat 6” races usually aren’t held during my work commute, but rather on post work rides.

  17. Anatoly November 15, 2010 2:40 pm 

    I love racing Cat6, especially against non-commuters. Unfortunately, here in Phoenix, especially during the summer, you never see any cyclists on the road. Most times I am the only racer out. Boo. In the fall/winter months, however, it’s open season.

  18. Scott November 16, 2010 11:51 am 

    I do this all the time, now knowing there was a name for it. If I see a guy ahead of me, I try like heck to at least catch him. And if I get passed, I really try to at least stay with them. I don’t know if it’s a male thing, or not. I think my internal dialog is something like “Am I that out of shape? I must be tired today. I need to kick it up to be better next time.”

    And, when I commuted on a comfort bike, I was embarrassed when I got passed by a woman on a mountain bike. Made me want to get a faster, more upright bike- like the kind I have now. :^)

  19. Iron_Man November 16, 2010 1:47 pm 

    Yeah, I do it. I can’t help myself. It’s particularly fun to grind past someone while I’m on my full suspension mtn bike and they are on a road bike. I have no idea the level of fitness or effort that person is putting in, but in my head they are 20 years my junior and hammering like mad just to try and catch my wheel. I generally feel bad that I didn’t ride along with them for a chat though. I gotta stop.

  20. RANTWICK November 17, 2010 7:51 am 

    Does racing e-bikes count? Because I’ve done that.

  21. DK December 6, 2010 7:33 am 


  22. Jami December 6, 2010 8:00 am 

    #5635 I tend to race stoplights as opposed to other cyclists. I’ve often done my entire commute of 7 miles without havign to put my foot down.

  23. Andy December 6, 2010 8:17 am 

    thanks for helping host the alleycat! Andy, #6749

  24. Ghost Rider December 6, 2010 8:18 am 

    Jami, I do that too, sometimes. All the intersections have pedestrian countdown timers on the walk signals, and I take FULL advantage of them!

  25. Terry Bruce December 6, 2010 8:19 am 

    #1065 rounding the bend

  26. aaron 8363 December 6, 2010 8:19 am 


  27. Ian Prust December 6, 2010 8:20 am 

    Sweet I too am a cat 6 racer, and I try to pass every person I see (safely of course).
    Ian Prust

  28. DK December 6, 2010 8:24 am 

    The only time I race is when passed by someone “riding bent”… a matter of personal pride.

    #812 DK

  29. Badda Skat December 6, 2010 8:26 am 

    I race a lot of the roadies I see on my way to work every morning. They don’t like me too much. Hahahaha

    Badda Skat #6233

  30. JM December 6, 2010 8:28 am 


  31. Jean December 6, 2010 8:30 am 


    Looking forward to checking out the rest of the site (when I’m not busy trying not to be dfl).

  32. Brent Strange December 6, 2010 8:35 am 

    Brent #2277

  33. mrben December 6, 2010 8:43 am 

    mrben #3089

    I’ve always heard it referred to as “Silly Commuter Racing”…

  34. Aaron December 6, 2010 8:46 am 

    No cat 6 racing for me. Unless it’s to get home before the beer gets warm. 5827

    P.S. this is a great site.

  35. Reuben December 6, 2010 8:49 am 

    #5920 I WIN!

  36. Claire December 6, 2010 8:50 am 

    Claire #1186 Never heard of this! doesn’t sound like my cup of tea…

  37. Claire December 6, 2010 8:50 am 

    Claire #1186 Never heard of this! doesn’t sound like my cup of tea…

  38. goathens December 6, 2010 8:50 am 

    7561 racing + commuting… this sounds like a bad combo- but then again, I ride a 3speed!

  39. NewGirl! December 6, 2010 8:52 am 

    Can’t say I’ve commuted yet, but I appreciate a leisurely pace much more than racing!

  40. Den December 6, 2010 8:55 am 

    Den #7685

    I’m definately a cat 6 racer…

  41. Iwakura December 6, 2010 8:57 am 

    Never really thought about it, but racing others on the street can be quite adrenalinic…
    Specially when I do it against buses and motorcyclist stuck at traffic jams xD


  42. Glenn Girtman December 6, 2010 9:00 am 

    Glenn Girtman , #6163 Still to old and slow to race.. but, I’m working on it.

  43. Widsith December 6, 2010 9:02 am 

    #1330 found another one, but isn’t interested in racing anybody (except on the Web).

  44. Spencer December 6, 2010 9:05 am 

    Spencer #9545
    cat 6 is fun

  45. Thomas Alexander December 6, 2010 9:05 am 

    I ride up and down a lot of hills and I am the only person on my route. I can’t really say that I personally have anyone to race to class/work, however if I did, I think it would make cycling even more fun. x.X


  46. sinred December 6, 2010 9:10 am 

    #9125 sinred losing breath

  47. Alan@EcoVelo December 6, 2010 9:18 am 


    Perhaps the Virtual Alleycat is Cat 7??

  48. Opus the Poet #899 December 6, 2010 9:27 am 

    Where I ride there aren’t enough cyclists to race commuting, but I did do the Tour de Commute time trial once a week

  49. cycler December 6, 2010 9:36 am 

    cycler 4505

  50. John J Wilde December 6, 2010 9:36 am 

    I am a cat 6 racer (sort of) The best in my area. Oh, wait, I am the only one in my area. It is easy to be the best when you are the only one. LOL
    Xtrajack #1455

  51. DaveS December 6, 2010 9:38 am 

    Not me, not #9336. But my SO does it on her exercise runs. She’s 105 lbs. and exercises on a heavy old mountain bike (“for the resistance, ya know”) but she still keeps track of how many folks she passes and how rarely she gets passed…

  52. Debbie December 6, 2010 9:45 am 


  53. Hunter December 6, 2010 9:55 am 

    Hunter #9782, way too slow for such things.

  54. Mark Balawender December 6, 2010 10:01 am 

    #2530 hates being passed on the bike trail, and also feels bad passing people sometimes.

  55. Kelt December 6, 2010 10:03 am 

    Trevelyan Bloomfield, #1806
    picking up speed …

  56. Tom December 6, 2010 10:17 am 

    GoodGnus #9501

  57. allium December 6, 2010 10:24 am 

    On my very, very short (2.5 miles) commute, I’m usually the winner in a field of one. Occasionally, I see someone headed the other direction. Once I pumped a flat tire for someone headed in the opposite direction. Only once did I see someone headed my way. He quickly passed me and disappeared in the distance.

    Allium 8247

  58. Mister A December 6, 2010 10:26 am 

    8310 I am not racer, I just push a lot.

  59. Pauline December 6, 2010 10:43 am 

    Pauline was here! #2794

  60. samh December 6, 2010 10:44 am 

    Alleycat racer #1656, and yes I’ve definitely experienced Cat 6 “racing”.

  61. Jack Bulkley December 6, 2010 11:03 am 

    Jack Bulkley #6933

    I will try to catch other riders, but then I talk to them instead of passing them.

  62. All Ice December 6, 2010 11:07 am 

    Oh yup. Cat 6, always passing.


  63. Christopher December 6, 2010 11:29 am 

    Let them pass, I’m still getting where I am going.


  64. Erik December 6, 2010 11:34 am 

    This is the best blog post I have come across in the Alleycat. Now I know what category I am in! Erik 8049

  65. Ryan December 6, 2010 11:44 am 

    Is there a Cat7? Love the Cat6 idea

    Ryan #1578

  66. Archergal December 6, 2010 12:10 pm 

    I am arguably one of the least competitive people on earth. I’m old and I’m SLOOOW. But even an old, slow rider can get the urge to try to get just. a. little. closer to that rider in front of me.

    Archergal #1498

  67. Richard Wezensky December 6, 2010 12:13 pm 

    Not a Cat 6 racer, but it sounds interesting.

    Richard #4540

  68. Bikergram December 6, 2010 12:26 pm 

    #4811 – Commuter racing: used to do it, but the other commuters didn’t know they were in a race. So I usually (not always) won.

  69. erikJ December 6, 2010 12:30 pm 

    I use commuters ahead of me as a little motivation, it’s fun to catch people on the bike path


  70. jameslee December 6, 2010 12:44 pm 


    too slow

  71. Veloflanell December 6, 2010 12:51 pm 


    I´m the Laterne Rouge of commuting…

  72. caroline December 6, 2010 12:58 pm 

    caroline #3074

  73. Alex Clark December 6, 2010 12:59 pm 

    I like to race the cars. Although, once they realize I’m racing them, I lose quickly.

    Alex Clark

  74. Jay December 6, 2010 1:15 pm 

    #4776 tries not to do this on his commute

  75. Bryan Lewis December 6, 2010 1:16 pm 

    #5035 leaving fortune cookies…

    Skiing and biking are both needs. Not wants, needs. Because active people are happy people. You need a terrific body to house this incredible mind we all have.
    Dave McCoy, 89-year-old founder of Mammoth Mountain
    Bicycling magazine, Mar’05

  76. Jeff December 6, 2010 1:28 pm 

    Jeff #879

  77. Jason December 6, 2010 1:32 pm 

    I commute pretty regularly and I’ve definitely ridden in some Cat 6s. I didn’t realize there was a name for this. Usually not intentionally, but we’ll each keep speeding up a little bit until we’re in an all out sprint. Trying to get to work faster?! What’s wrong with us? :)


  78. Patrick Kitto December 6, 2010 1:42 pm 

    #6968, hitting my rhythm now…

  79. cb December 6, 2010 1:49 pm 

    Nice checkpoint! I’ve been guilty of silly commuter racing :(

    CB, #2082

  80. ScottPost December 6, 2010 1:56 pm 

    Cat 6 – but dang, got passed twice on ride to work this morning, it hurt!

  81. Derrick December 6, 2010 2:02 pm 

    Derrick S. #226

    I’ve done this numerous times with the same guy on the way to college in the mornings. My favorite part is that he is riding a high-end bianchi and I’m on some nameless touring-style bike hahaha when we see each other on campus, respectful nods are exchanged

  82. Blue Fish December 6, 2010 2:09 pm 

    My Nihola is built for cargo capacity, not speed, so I never try and race anyone. But because my ride is so unusual, I’ve had bikers slow down to talk to me. So I guess I’m an the anti-commuter racer…


  83. Kendall December 6, 2010 2:16 pm 

    #9729 Hopefully I’m not the lanterne rouge in the cat 6 challenge!

  84. johnnyk December 6, 2010 2:37 pm 

    #3215 just having fun racing

  85. HoppyOkapi December 6, 2010 2:48 pm 

    I always try to catch up, usually only to get passed again! Not a very good Cat 6’er, I guess.

    HoppyOkapi #3431

  86. shanerh December 6, 2010 3:22 pm 

    Yeah, no one is going to pass me just because I have a long and heavy bike. You gotta represent the cargo hauling capacity by not getting passed by the techno-weenies!

    shanerh #9708

  87. Jesse December 6, 2010 3:36 pm 

    #8352 I like to count till I run out of fingers… then I have to start over

  88. EPIC! Stratton December 6, 2010 3:54 pm 

    I definitely do this. Granted it’s nice to just sit and chat with other commuters too.

    EPIC! Stratton #1904

  89. Rudi December 6, 2010 4:00 pm 

    Racing “Cat 6” in DC can be a bit of a death sentence. I tend to use the “cat 6” moments to work on trackstands and off-the-line sprints. While it confuses the hell out of other cyclists, motorists and neighborhood dogs, it’s a lot of fun.

    Rudi Riet, #2975

  90. Zev December 6, 2010 4:36 pm 

    Zev 9287!!!!!!!!!!

  91. Sean December 6, 2010 4:57 pm 

    I didn’t realize it, but yeah, I do get a little competitive when I get passed on the way to work. Sean #4911

  92. Mr. Wakiki December 6, 2010 5:12 pm 

    To be honest with you, this is a race — and unfortunately it should be a stroll, to enjoy the web sites


  93. tc December 6, 2010 5:23 pm 

    #4089 is sometimes a racer

  94. PerdidoNoEter December 6, 2010 5:33 pm 

    I’m more a dog person.

  95. kerry December 6, 2010 5:48 pm 

    sometimes cat 6 -when bad cycling technique people have to pass me because i am on a ‘ladies’bike I will notice my speed go up .and when old fat geezers in lyrca have to go pass me I quietly smile to myself when I overtake them further up the road

  96. kerry December 6, 2010 5:49 pm 

    again with the id #3686

  97. Bevco December 6, 2010 6:09 pm 

    Aha! I just learned something! I’m a Cat 6 – always wanted to be in a Cat. Thanx! Bevco #7012

  98. Bevco December 6, 2010 6:10 pm 

    Wait that sounded bad… meaning I always wanted to belong to a “category”… just sayin…

  99. Sweep, #6313 December 6, 2010 7:53 pm 

    Yay!! Cat 6. I’m more like Cat Nap!!

  100. keely December 6, 2010 7:54 pm 

    keely #4440 wheeeeeee
    hmmm stuffing with lycra clad peoples stereotypes can be fun….

  101. Skip owens December 6, 2010 8:59 pm 

    Alley cat 4947

  102. jollytin December 6, 2010 9:30 pm 

    jollytin #5353

  103. Gary #5039 December 6, 2010 9:52 pm 

    I suffer from “trying to go fast enough to keep other commuters in sight”. Which is probably a null category.

  104. Fred Hintze December 6, 2010 11:16 pm 

    I knew there was a reason the Globe wants me to catch the college kids I see on my way to work!
    Nice site. Thanks for hosting–I will be back.
    Slowvehicle 2730

  105. Bo December 6, 2010 11:56 pm 

    Bo #8671 once saw a competitive bicycle commuter.

  106. Olev December 7, 2010 12:01 am 

    #6386. Following along behind…

  107. Microzen December 7, 2010 1:10 am 


    I’m not a cat 6 racer, but I miss the days of passing everyone on my 20 mile commute back in my early 30s. In my late 30’s I felt like even the Grannies were passing me on 5 mile rides.

  108. Ludgero December 7, 2010 4:10 am 


  109. Mathieu Lapointe December 7, 2010 10:41 am 

    Mathieu ‘navetteur’ racers that always get overlapped. Guess it’s good for the other esteem! Alley cat #5121

  110. djjazzynick December 7, 2010 1:40 pm 

    7920. Yup Djjazzynick.

  111. JWM December 7, 2010 6:59 pm 

    Check out twin six clothing, they have cat 6 gear (jerseys, socks, etc). I have no affiliation, but love their clothes. I believe their take on cat 6 is slightly different.

    #9921 / JWM

  112. flaneur brian December 7, 2010 7:22 pm 

    Heh…CAT6? No…I’d never catch ’em!
    But I’ve usually got a CAT5 in my bags for patching my laptop into the office ethernet so I can catch up on the REAL skinny…

    Flaneur Brian #2966

  113. BykMor December 7, 2010 8:17 pm 

    I always let the Cat 6 Racers fly by me. It only annoys me when I catch up to them 5 minutes later.

    BykMor, #5113

  114. Andrew December 7, 2010 8:31 pm 

    I’m digging this alley cat. Turning me on to alot of good bicycling sites i have/would never come by.
    Andrew #3481

  115. Ben December 8, 2010 7:29 am 

    I totally do this. If I see someone ahead of me, I HAVE to catch them. Even if their jogging!

    Ben #9356

  116. Daniel M December 8, 2010 8:04 am 

    Another new site to me. Will check out more in the future.

    Daniel, #592

  117. Michael December 8, 2010 12:31 pm 

    8774, Michael

  118. The Other GR December 8, 2010 4:24 pm 

    Sorry to say I have done this a few times.

    The Other GR #5475

  119. Kowenn December 8, 2010 6:31 pm 

    kowenn #3784

  120. Ruth Turner December 9, 2010 9:20 am 

    I need to change my job! I’m the only one on the road during my commute at 0630 and 2055. Or maybe I’m the winner by default?

    Good enough!

    Ruth Turner #6691

  121. Chris Nygaard December 9, 2010 12:02 pm 

    Where is the beer at this checkpoint?

  122. mossless December 9, 2010 2:38 pm 

    yep.. I hate to be passed when commuting. and like to catchup to someone ahead of me..

    mossless – 1581

  123. John December 10, 2010 10:27 am 

    Harder and harder still
    the trick is strength of will
    i won’t be distracted
    my search will be impacted
    and my prizes will end up nill

    John #7947


  124. greg December 11, 2010 9:18 am 

    greg 2755
    Heres my manifest

  125. conjob December 12, 2010 1:39 am 

    conjob, #5853

    i am currently in kathmandu. when i try to commute by bike here, the only one’s i’m really competing with are the goats and cows that wander into the street.

  126. Weasel_2 March 5, 2011 9:29 pm 

    Yup, on the 50+ mile RT up and down PCH in Southern CA the Cat 6 race is a given. We’re mixing it up with other commuters, recreational riders, even the occasional pro TriGeek at the end of a training ride. It is almost always good-natured, with lots of mutual admiration expressed between those inflicting the pain and their victims. When passing, there is usually a little pause, just long enough for the victim to grab a wheel, if he or she cares to participate. Extra credit is granted for riding a preposterous rig; like a rattle-can-black fixe with flat bars, fenders, and inboard-mounted bar ends, or a 2-speed foot-shift MTB with big knobbies and drop bars. Yeah!

  127. Turky lurkey January 29, 2013 8:09 am 

    I’m definitely a cat 6 racer. It is very hard for me to let somebody just blow by me, even if I’m trying to do an easy day. The ones that are most fun to drop are the ones that fly by without me having noticed them before and then slow down 30 yards in front of me. If they do that I know they sped up to pass and are probably tired, so it usually only takes a little extra effort to ride by them and out of site. Also if I pass somebody I make sure I’m riding a pace that I can maintain. I definitely get smoked from time to time though and that’s ok, it’s all in good fun!

  128. B September 10, 2014 6:15 am 

    I do it almost every ride.

    Sometimes other cyclists, sometimes the cars.

    Makes the riding much less boring.

    Only regretted it once, was consciously trying to take it easy, enjoy the beautiful day, when a roadie in full kit blew by, really unnecessarily close (it’s a MUP, but it’s a wide MUP).

    Picked it up a bit to catch and tsk tsk about the unnecessarily close, high speed pass. As I approached the roadie sped up significantly and I thought to myself, oh, well it’s really on now isn’t it!? I could still keep up on my cheapo single speed without wheel sucking (which I consider poor taste even in cat-6 racing), but oncoming traffic didn’t give me a safe pass/converse moment.

    After about half a mile of me peeking for passing opportunities sometimes coming up a bit but then having to duck behind again to not create a dangerous situation, I got a look that made me realize how my actions had been interpreted.

    The roadie in question was female. It’s not that this hadn’t registered, but the thing that didn’t register is that my actions had been interpreted as an extended ogle session. Which was probably stupid of me. But crap! Slowed it way down to give a less creepy distance and branched off at the earliest opportunity.

    I’m sure someone had a little story that day about how they had this creep trying to roll up and dusted him before he gassed out and skulked off. And that’s fine I guess, I just am so far from being a creep/jerk I really hate to have accidentally projected that, made someone feel yick. Oh well.

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