Have any of you ever spent a lot of time working on a trail? Of course you have. One of the things that shocked me about trail work was how riders interacted with me depending on where I was on the trail. At the top they would often say hello, offer thanks or at the very least smile. Sometimes they'd even stop. At the bottom they would inevitably race by without noticing me, even when I was standing in their field of view.
As it turns out we can get a little stoned on adrenaline. All of us. And I imagine that the faster you are riding, and the closer you are to the edge, the more stoned you become. And isn't this one of the best things about riding? All the things that piss you off and worry you about your commute, your job, your spouse, all those stupid little things that take you out of the moment for most of our waking hours, they fall away and we are absorbed and transported. Unfortunately his state of flow we seek can cause problems.
There have been times when I've been riding in a group when I've done something similar to what these 'pros' are accused of. Actually it was probably worse on one occasion. I felt sheepish afterwards and a rider yelled at us disdainfully (skooks?) but by then we were gone. I wish I had acted differently but I was part of the train and I was unable to get off. I'm not trying to justify anyone's actions, but I don't find it very difficult to understand how it happened. And I'm certainly not willing to join the dogpile condemning the actions of riders who were on a trail, riding hard and locked in.
They may be pros but they are humans like the rest of us. And if they are assholes I'm an asshole as well. It would be great to be perfect like some of you, and to never act in a way that causes others to judge, but that'll never be me.
weareallproendurobros Some of us are just a little slower.