I live in a forest rich part of the country. Trees and heather are attractive to a lot of people with a variety of hobbies. A green environment changes people. Green gives you peace of mind and tranquillity. Nature has the ability to change ones mindset.
So they say.
My experience with some groups is different. Especially with people (men and women) on race cycles. They arrive with their cars on parking lots, their bikes on top or fastened to the trunk with high tech carriers. Apparently most of them don’t live in the area (why else would you come by car?).
They unload their wheels, and then either jump in their specialised outfit with fitting shoes or rip of their outwear, like Superman on a sudden mission, to expose shirts with names of their sponsors or their cycle Hero.
Then Another Nature kicks in, somehow. Whereas being a driver many of them behave properly in traffic, but when their transformation to Cyclist is complete and their feet touch the pedals... they immediately become the Centre of the Universe. Fuck the rules! I’m here to cycle! I specially came to this place, so now it’s MINE! I earn it.
Sunday, when all is seemingly quiet, they are the worst. I avoid driving on Sunday mornings, as I have almost killed one or more, let’s say, highly concentrated cyclists crossing my asphalt-path or even cycling on it (because the official cycle path is way beneath their stature).
So, my CSPE Question is: Why do people behave in a totally different way when exercising their hobby? It’s not only cyclists!