Tuesday Coffee Talk - Do you know a Pathlete?

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I knew a pathlete once, I just graduated from college, moved to Boulder and was living the dream (with a day job though). I had a co-worker that would ride his mountain bike at lunch on the Boulder Creek path from East Boulder to Eben G Fine park and back... and he would time it. I told him once that he should consider riding on the roads which his reply was, "Are you crazy, it's dangerous on the roads!" Yet he would complain non-stop about runners and other users of the multi-path trail and crashed twice in 2 years as a result of his "rides". In short, he was an a$$hole of the trail or better known as a Pathlete

Originating from the word combination of bike path and athlete / triathlete, a PATHLETE is a cyclist who rockets down bike paths in full race gear, blowing by kids, old ladies, dogs, strollers.

The Pathlete does not actually however compete in organized activities, just a poser trying to impress the uneducated.

From Urban Dictionary and theirs more on that link

There are the obvious pathletes of the path and then the less suspecting ones like the highly skilled cyclists who feels very comfortable coasting at 15-20mph on their return flight from multi hill repeats in the mountains and probably IS pretty safe except the feeling they give the people they pass with 3 inches to spare. They too are pathletes as well.

Don't be a Pathlete and don't let friends ride like Pathletes too

News Item: 


Bike Pathlete

I've got the friend that has set up a Strava section on mulitple sections of the Bike Path. he sprinted ahead one day when we were riding, and when I caught him I asked him what he was doing. He replied with " I was trying to take 1st place in the Strava section" He never races because it is too dangerous he says. yet spring around on a bike path is safe is his eyes.

Flag the segment as "Dangerous"

Simple solution. Ride the segment in question (at a reasonable speed), load it to Strava. Go back to Strava and you now have the ability to flag the segment as dangerous. I did this recently for a road segment that necessitated blowing through a 4-way stop in front of a school. The Strava segment disappears! Voila!


Another category of pathlete, or maybe more appropriately called the looplete, is the guy who races around Wash Park, or some other similar venue, on a perfect weekend afternoon, when the park is full of kids, dogs, older folks, and everything else you can imagine. Just as bad, if not worse, because at least he doesn't have the excuse that he is heading somewhere.

personally, I think it's kind

personally, I think it's kind of weak to comment on the behaviors of others. If it brings them joy, so be it. It's disrespectful to rag on others just because their idea of riding is different than yours. A lot can argue that spending all of your free time and income for bragging rights at a race no one outside .000000000000000001% of the population cares about is nonsensical. But it doesn't stop the readers and posters on this site from participating.