You don't need to be able to destroy the field at Flanders to benefit from bike handling skills that are typically only proliferated to riders who race
After my one contact with the ground, I was able to pull this move off successfully pretty much at will 5 or 6 more times without incident. Which brings me to the real world application that I go t when riding back to the hotel. Remember when I said in the more relaxed atmosphere of a group ride you should be able to count on the people around you communicating with you their intentions? I.e. Right turn (hand signal or verbal) slowing, passing. And how I had never had anyone clip my front wheel ever?f. Well we were just riding casually back to the hotel (18-20 mph) when the guy at the front of the group without warning suddenly turned right in front of the guy in front of me, forcing him to slow suddenly and turn right to avoid collision And right across my front wheel, as is suddenly found myself boxed in on his right with no where to go as I had been closing at the time because....I made the erroneous assumption that the guy in front (who has likely been riding longer than I have been alive) was going to use the hotel driveway and not cut suddenly into the grass without warning.
So. Three things went wrong here, neither rider said slowing or signaled, I totally understand why #2 guy that I actually made contact with said nothing, he was just reacting, to my credit I did yell "hey!" Just before we hit, but failed to say "on your right" mainly because I really had no intention of being on his right any more than he had intended to have to stop or turn right. The meat head on the front however had no excuse other than the fact that he was from California :) Just kidding Californians.... or am I :)
Here's the great news, I was able to use my new skill and did not end up on the ground with some new road rash and possibly worse. All because I didn't overreact and even learned a new adaption to the drill. Turns out it even works a littl e better if you can drive into it if separation is not immediate.
All's well that ends well. Once we got our adrenaline under control, we had a good laugh and a new appreciation of what we learned and are going to soon be teaching other riders.
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