Thursday, July 08, 2010

More on "negative" racing

A few weeks ago I talked about the frequently used term negative bike racing, and how it is a meaningless adjective.

Today I received an e-mail about that post, which stated in part:

Has anyone ever been accused of racing "positively?" As in, that guy gets my respect for racing so positively. And what would that be like? A guy who lets another guy get away and doesn't chase is racing positively?

I couldn't have said it better myself.

I now have a request for all of the bad ass dudes against whom I will be racing this weekend at the Tour of the Valley: Please race positively, at least when I attack.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You forgot the [simplistic] conclusion: If this is the definition of "positive racing", which follows as it is the opposite of your stated definition of" negative racing", then most riders in most races are racing "positively" most of the time. We usually call them "pack fodder," but they can be emboldened with a new sense of worth now that they are known to be racing "positively."