This weekend was a step back weekend for me. I don’t know when a 40 mile ride became an easy ride, but it was nice to only have 40 miles facing me.
For those of you who know the local area, I went out and did the Columbia tri course, looping the top of the lollipop three times to get my miles in (and plenty of hill work too).
It’s a pretty popular route to bike, and I saw plenty of people out riding. One thing that I love about cycling is how friendly everyone is. As I was getting my bike out of the car, there were other ladies getting ready for a ride, so we chatted for a bit and wished each other luck. They passed me a bit later and wished me luck on my ride.
All along the route, I came upon friendly cyclists. Lots of hellos and good mornings as we passed, often going in opposite directions. Chatting at stop signs. Conversations when stopped for water at a local gas station. Just lots of nice people out there.
Of course, it’s not like it’s this 1950’s television show of friendliness. Plenty of people pass without a word or a wave. And that’s fine too, no problems there (though everyone appreciates when cyclists call out when they pass from the rear). But in general, it’s a very friendly community.
Obviously, not every cyclist is friendly. But there is a somewhat popular blogger out there who talks about how every single cyclist she passes makes a negative comment or says something horrible to her. Given my experience, I just don’t see that happening. People are relatively friendly, and those who aren’t probably just ignore the other cyclists. No one has time to be excessively rude.
I know some people get nervous about riding with others or riding outside because they’re worried about what other people will think. That definitely isn’t something to worry about. For the most part, cyclists are just happy to see other cyclists out riding. You’ll see the hardcore riders out training intensely, you’ll see people out for a nice easy ride, and you’ll see everyone in between.