Another vote for elitist superstar privilege from someone that (like myself) wasn't even there. More concerned about who you beat than who you can meet. Get out my way so I can polish the legend that exists only in my own bathroom.
Both sides have responsibility. I know that's an awfully hard concept to consider, especially when your elite cognitive functions and reflexes are devoted to controlling your unreleased prototype to yet another world cup win.
As for not being sure why a rider would slow down for others on the side of the trail… I do it all the time.. make sure they're just stopped and not needing something, make sure they don't have a loose dog, make sure they don't have a straggler in their group. All these things are just considerations to avoid conflict. The onus does not fall on one party only.
Not really sure why I chose to defend Skook so much here. Maybe I just like to argue. But I would humbly suggest we all have something to learn from this, whether we're standing beside our bike, or hitting a steep pitch. Look the *[HTML_REMOVED]^^ out for each other, it's really not hard to do.