Well just hope much history with road cycling do you need to have before you have accumulated some sort of credibility?
I only really ride road bikes for commuting and with mates on the odd weekend and have done for about the last five years, I've ridden MTBs for the last ~25 years or so.
I don't do sportives or audax' and I'm not in a road club, I'm basically just an MTBer who also owns and enjoys riding a road bike.
I'm also deeply suspicious of "elites" based on nothing more than time served. But I'm quite sure I don't get to be in the gang yet anyway, thank ****...
Lately I'm seeing more roadies out and about, my only real judgement on any rider is weather or not they return a nod/smile or stare ahead in grim stoney silence, you get both sorts of behaviour from newbies and the "proper" roadies.
Which just tells me there's as much chance of someone who's been riding 30 minutes being a prick or alright as there is someone who's been at it 30 years...
Yeah people at work are suddenly acquiring an interest in cycling and shock horror they want to talk to people who've been at it a bit longer and pick up whatever they can.
What sort of git hog's the knowledge and tries to discourage people from taking up something they enjoy themselves. I can think of nothing more miserable and antisocial.