A Well-Timed Compliment

The smash fest

It’s 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon and I’m just after landing in the library to catch up on some work after this mornings ride with the lads.

Bloody grim.

We had a friend of a friend join the smash fest today.

He said he wasn’t that fit but is well able to take a beating.

So we welcomed him along with a warning.

I thought to myself ‘this guy is going to get a serious shafting’.



We planned a 3-hour ride heavily weighted with zone 3.

Which was a solid 300 + watts while riding on the front of a 6 man group.

So we didn’t really plan on hanging around!

Anyway two hours into the ride our friend started to show signs of weakness.

Red faced and snotting profusely, his hips began to rock, he started changing his gears an awful lot and he couldn’t stay seated in one position on the saddle.

He was running out of juice – rapid!

Anyone reading this blog has been there otherwise you’ve always trained with a bunch of oul one’s and you need to step outside the comfort zone!

If you’re riding a long time and you get a beating off your mates out training this doesn’t apply to you because you won’t get any sympathy and probably don’t deserve it.

You know the drill at this stage!

If I have a bad day on a hard ride I get the boots taken to me and that’s it.

Suck it up.

Not with the youngsters

You can’t have this carry on with newcomers or younger riders though and we see it far too often.

You’re probably thinking ‘you’ve just contradicted yourself, by shafting that poor lad earlier today’?

That would be true if it was a group ride, but our mate asked to join a pre-organised training session and is big and old enough to look after himself.

He was made well aware of what he was getting into.


I can remember about five pivotal pieces of advice and encouragement I got when I bumped into experienced riders on the road when I was younger.

Only five!

I wouldn’t mind but I was in an environment where I was frequently in contact with these lads.

Some lads would say bugger all and just enjoy seeing you suffer.

I got those fuckers back in the end though!

On a serious note a few words of encouragement to the younger rider goes a long way and I can remember them although they were over 10 years ago.

A pro in the making

Jaysis if only I was as good as you at that age’.

Bit of a Wiggins look about ya there young Buggle

You might think its nothing but if you’re a good rider that younger lads look up to this is an order!

Pass on a well-timed compliment here and there it costs you nothing!

If you don’t you’re an asshole that’s caught up too much in the length of your own socks.

Seriously this stuff really does make a difference to a younger rider.

People never forget how you made them feel.

I certainly don’t anyway.

To the elder lemons!

You need to access the fatigue levels of your companion before offering your kind words.

Some people may need a bit of distraction with a light story others will go on mute mode and wish you’d do the same.

My old man for example, would roast you for even looking his way at this stage.

A simple ‘we’re nearly home boss, that’s the last of the hills for today’ can go a long way in this instance.

Whatever you do don’t make them feel worse by stating you’re on a good day for fuck sake!

Nobody cares, least of all someone that’s suffering!

I passed the following onto our mate today–

‘For someone with no training done man you’re moving well’

To which he replied with a smile and said – ‘trainings overrated big man’!

Until next time,


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