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If you're travelling up the hill, and a person is going at it hard, what do you have to say something to the uphill traveler? As the uphill climber and both are going uphill, who has the right away?
My thought: If you're riding hard, and can make the pass, go ahead when it's safe not to push them off the trail or cause problems to the trail conditions. But why do I have to get over for you. You should earn your pass, or hold on until we get to the top. We're all working hard out there and no need to be pushy. :madman:
I was riding the Colorado trail up Goldhill last weekend and working hard. I never get passed on uphills especially on these less traveled summit trails, but a punk had to run me off the trail on his climb in order to prove himself. Did I mention I'm a girl? If they can't ride harder than me, then suck it up and ride behind me until I'm at the top. Any thoughts on this guys? I ride hard, but I know many ladies don't want to go out on the hard trails because of jerks like the ones I met last weekend. I want guys to be gentlemen on the trails, so more women won't feel threatened. Come on, and don't be a dick and yell a ton until I jump off the trail, I'm not giving up my hill climb as its super hard for me to get started again. Come on, any thoughts?
 

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I will always wait until I have a good spot to make a pass. I will tend to even back off a little not to mess up the other rider. I dont know if there is any real "rule" to this such as yielding if you are the downhill rider, however in the racing circuit I think the slower climber is usually asked to give trail.

Keep on riding and dont let dicks like that spoil your fun.
 

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Whether you're going up or down, the rider in front owns the trail until it's safe to pass. I thought that was common courtesy.

I remember back in the day (I feel old now) in the NORBA racer handbook it even said something like that for rules of racing.
 

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"If you want to race then get on a race track"

Why come on the internet to ***** about it? Who cares, it was just a trail ride. If you want to prove yourself go race, otherwise enjoy the ride!
 

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I don't see what the issue is? Just pull over and let the faster rider pass? Right? It isn't a race. Or don't let the rider pass I guess? How did he not "earn" the pass? How was he being a "prick"?

It just seems like one is so easy to do and causes little to no issue and consternation, and one is just inviting sour feelings and poor attitude?

There are no "rules", but a good one to follow that IMBA suggests as a rule that you follow is:

Yield the Trail.

That applies to any and all situations. It might suck sometimes, but if you want to remain above it, that is the tactic to apply.

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Agreed

Its not a race, have a little patience, give a little space and then pass when you've got the open opportunity. Most riders sense when they are to be passed, and will move over when there is room. I sometimes pass, and sometimes get passed, by both of the sexes.
 

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strange post... really.. like others have said, who cares, someone is going faster than you, move over for a split second and let them go around. He was probably a jerk because you wouldn't move over and got annoyed.. its called courtesy and it goes both ways and obviously your ego got in the way of common courtesy..
 

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Was the prick a pro? I usually encounter this species when they're wearing head to toe matching lycra. Seriously, I had a pro STOP on the white dots while on the slick rock trail and tell me I was in the way.... Bwaaa haa haa haa... I looked around at 100 feet on each side of me in shock... he had no trail creativity to go around...

Regardless, I moved and said "Sorry, You must be a pro"
 

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ignazjr said:
Whether you're going up or down, the rider in front owns the trail until it's safe to pass. I thought that was common courtesy.
That is correct. If it's a short tech section I'm trying to clean, I'll generally stake my claim to my right of way; but since I'm not out to "prove" anything, other than to myself, I always try to yield to a rider going in either direction if I'm impeding their "flow" .

AFAIK, the "rules" of right of away have no exceptions for gender, or age for that matter.

[sarc] Next time somebody tries to pass me, I'm going to flash my AARP card and tell them about seniors rights and if they don't back off, I'm to post it on the interwebs ! [/sarc]
 

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onbelaydave said:
That is correct. If it's a short tech section I'm trying to clean, I'll generally stake my claim to my right of way; but since I'm not out to "prove" anything, other than to myself, I always try to yield to a rider going in either direction if I'm impeding their "flow" .

AFAIK, the "rules" of right of away have no exceptions for gender, or age for that matter.

[sarc] Next time somebody tries to pass me, I'm going to flash my AARP card and tell them about seniors rights and if they don't back off, I'm to post it on the interwebs ! [/sarc]
Don't need to, the compass on the handlebars gives it away.
 

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I'll pull over if it's just a normal smooth section of the climb but I will not get out of the way on a difficult section that I am trying to clean. If someone tries to pass me, do not see how they could on singletrack, I will knock them over and will be ready to throw down. That's just unacceptable BS behavior. But I haven't come across anyone that big of a d'bag yet on the high country trails I ride.



Edit: So now d*o*u*c*h*e is a blocked word. Does MTBR know it means to take a shower in French?
 

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When I start gaining ground on a uphill rider in front of me I alert them from a good distance away to keep on trucking and there is no hurry, when there is a good spot to pass I'll go around. When I know someone is coming up behind me I let them know that I'll move over when there's a good spot for them to pass. Unless it's a singlespeeder, then I go full granny and make them do a super slow track stand grind.:p
 

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Thisisme said:
But why do I have to get over for you.
Um, as a simple matter of courteousy? :confused:

Thisisme said:
You should earn your pass, or hold on until we get to the top. We're all working hard out there and no need to be pushy.
I ride the trails under the crazy impression that a person has "earned their pass" as soon as I hear them riding behind me. They're indisputably riding at the faster pace. Pass earned, period.

While I don't generally stop, I do ride consistently and steadily on one side to make sufficient room and wave them through. If there's not enough room for that I'll keep riding and veer to one side at the next available spot that is wide enough -- and it doesn't have to be 6 feet wide either. My ego isn't that big. :rolleyes:

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Come on, and don't be a dick and yell a ton until I jump off the trail, I'm not giving up my hill climb as its super hard for me to get started again. Come on, any thoughts?
Just one, that courtesy works best when it goes both ways.
 

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wormvine said:
Edit: So now d*o*u*c*h*e is a blocked word. Does MTBR know it means to take a shower in French?
Just use "doosh" -- it still works.
 
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