- Was I right?
Sunday morning ride, about 10ish, 5 mile in and we are going down a bridleway that borders and then intersects a golf course. Quite a posh golf course as I remember. Anyway, we close on a gathering of people (may be 15) standing in the middle of the the bridleway waving us to slow down. I look over and I see a fair crowd of people watching two golfers about to tee off. The people in our way are now making it obvious that we should stop.
Well we didn't (only 2 of us by the way) and we zipped through as i said "Morning" (fairly loudly) someone shouted "shut yer gob…..".
We carried on and saw loads more golf spectators, and signs (on the fairway, not on the bridleway) saying "senior masters".
Was i right to peddle through? should I have stopped?Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
terry – politeness and co operation go a long way. Stopping for a few seconds would have done you no harm and would have shown MTBers in a good light. As it is your actions were selfish in asserting your rights despite the effects on others and now a group of people have good reason to view Mountainbikers in a poor light.
Or to put it another way – your actions were not reasonable at all and would have been against the access code in ScotlandPosted 9 years agotrailmonkeyMember
Its this sort of selfish attitude that really pisses me off about some cyclists. And I find the 'I was here first' attitude rather immature.
Why is it selfish or immature ? Surely it's more selfish and immature to presume that you can interrupt the flow of traffic on a right of way so that you can play a game with your friends ?Posted 9 years ago
Do i slow down for ramblers…yes. People with dogs…….yes. A farmer working yes. Slow and stop for everthing really, quite often stop and have a chat.
Maybe be its because they were golfers……? I dont mind golfers, I live and let live but its not a "sport" I have ever understood.
Well, they weren't golfers, thinking about it, I have in the past stopped for the people actually playing the game.
Maybe my "non stop2 was a reaction to golf spectators?Posted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
As I see it, it was teh spectators complaining. If there had not been a crowd of spectators would it still have been the right thing to do to stop and let the golfer play? I suspect if the golfer had come on here and complained that while he was playing a competition (that no-one was watching) and bikers had ridden by without stopping for him there would have been uproar and he'd have been shouted off the forum. Yet because there were spectators this is somehow different?Posted 9 years agoroddersramblerMember
Would you expect them to stop if you were in front of them ? I have played golf at a low H'cap level before and if you were in front of me i would have waved you past….however if i knew it was YOU who was not prepared to do the same when behind me,i would in future grip down on a 3 iron and fizz it towards your fat head !!Posted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
Not at all, if I was riding past a golf course in a group and someone was teeing off I would let them have their shot. They wouldn't have to ask.
In that situation it wouldnt even pass my mind that they might need me to stop, surely a half-decent golfist can hit a ball while people are passing, and whats more they can pause if they dont feel comfy with the environment (whether the cyclists were unobservant or rude). I quite regularly used to ride past a golf course, never had any complaints from those hitting the ball or those stood near the fence.Posted 9 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
They had no right to try and stop your enjoyment of riding on a public right of way (even if it was trying to slow you down momentarily) just for their enjoyment of watching someone hit a ball around a field. You wouldn't be able to stop on the BW waving at them telling them to wait whilst you crossed it until they took their shot?
Loads of people will disagree but unless it was something like a dead body lying in the trail etc, I'd have done the same.
As an example, on the golf course near me that has a BW running through and around it, if someone is taking a shot thats over the BW, they have to ring a bell to warn BW users to take care. Sticking a mob of people in the trail isn't something I'd have been too pleased with either.Posted 9 years ago
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