Any advice on what's the best form when you catch and pass a cyclist when you're out on your winter hack and the other guy is on his best superbike?
Out for a 50 mile ride last Wednesday when after 25 miles or so i noticed a cyclist in front of me when i got to within 800 metres of him, he was going at a steady pace and after about 1 km i had got onto his wheel.
Not wanting to be seen as a wheelsucker i rode alongside, made pleasantries - "hi, nice day etc" and rode on for a few seconds before checking behind to see that it was ok to pull back in. While passing i noticed that the rider was on a very nice carbon fibre rig (i was on a Specialised Allez 16 speed Sora with upgraded wheels - Ultegra Hubs on 32 spoke Mavic Open Pro CD rims, not the lightest of hoops but bulletproof and well sealed for the winter).
About 300 metres later we come to a small ramp in the road, nothing major but just enough to either drop down a gear or get out of the saddle, just at this point did the other guy come past giving it full gas - all i could see were the carbonfibre hubs on his rear wheel and i thought to myself - nice hoops, i wonder if those are Campagnolo Hyperions....
So then the road levels off again, and the guy in front has dropped the pace leaving me with the dilemma - do i pass him again or just sit on his wheel. Just as I'm about to pass him we approach a crossroads and he turns sharply into the road on the right making no signals - as i was just half a bike length behind him i had to react to avoid a collision.
So, my question is - What's the best way to handle such a situation? Any ideas?