Loren wrote:It just gets old. It's okay if someone asks for a comparison from time to time, and it's okay to casually mention lap times in passing with a trail report. But this is a trail conditions thread - not a lap time contest. Someone will always be faster than you, and someone slower.
IMHO: If mentioning lap times is so bad why not just create a simply chart for people that shows beginner, intermediate and advance times. For someone who just entered the sport and was nervous about doing a race however wanted to use the race as motivation to train harder I had to ask "What is expected of someone riding this course for a race?" Casually mentioning lap times let you know what type of rider you are and measure if you are improving. I started riding 2 years ago and had no clue if I was a good rider or bad rider. I think *most* people when they ask times are looking for no more than a figure that is plus/minus 5-10 minutes to use as a gauge for self improvement, not ego. Perhaps this is the wrong thread however picking the right thread is also a challenge cause you are bound to upset someone.