New Cycling Term: The Option

The Option: (noun) the pace at which one rides when followed by an unknown rider. This pace is calculated to:

  • Prevent the trailing rider from making the catch thus crushing his spirit
  • or, force the trailing rider to prove his worthiness if able to catch and demonstrating one’s “casual power”, one may then agree to ride with the rider making the catch
  • or, appear sufficiently casual to be plausibly a recovery or cruising pace thus saving face when the local pro smokes by you.
  • The actual pace may be adjusted as the above category becomes apparent by surreptitious observation of the chasing rider. It is important that the chasing rider is not aware that one has observed his/ her approach.

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