I have a confession to make. I hate losing. My coach could always get me to swim an extra 500 by pitting me against my best friend. If I was clinging to a wall, all she’d have to say was, “Are you gonna let her get ahead of you?” And I would kick off into freestyle with furor. But if I just didn’t have it in me, I’d go to the old staple: “OOOHH NOOOOO MY HAMSTRIIIIING!!!!” And I’d throw in a few winces for good measure. It usually looked pretty real. But there are only so many injuries you can fake before your friends realize that the problem isn’t that old injury flaring up, it’s actually an old case of sore-loser-itis.
So at last GCN has given us several reasons why we won’t have to resort to the excuses. Instead, if we’re having trouble keeping up on group rides, we can just fill everyone’s tires with water! Here are GCN’s top 10 tips for getting your fellow rider off his or her game. Of course, these aren’t exactly recommended for people who want to stay friends for more than just one ride.
Tried any of these? Hanging on to the seatpost totally works, but don’t ask me how I know that one.