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Thread: Need Help to ID cyclist who assaulted me on the WO&D near Custis 7:45am May 13th

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    Question Need Help to ID cyclist who assaulted me on the WO&D near Custis 7:45am May 13th

    Yesterday morning at 7:45am while running the WO&D towards Bluemont with 2 friends, a cyclist from approx. 15 feet behind yelled "On Your Left". I was closest to the yellow line yet still to the right of it, heard his audible signal and moved closer to the shoulder. As he sped passed me, he veered dangerously close (did not hit me though) and yelled into my ear "ON YOUR LEFT!" All three of us were startled by his unnecessary aggression especially since we had complied and gave way. There was no cyclist coming from the other direction, the trail being wide open, he had adequate space to pass us comfortably.

    Startled and angry because I've seen this bully before, I yelled at him "Asshole!" He immediately stopped, turned his bike around and came back at me saying "Did you just call me asshole?" and proceeded to grab both my arms while ramming his front tire into me, ready to strike. I said "Are you assaulting me?" Fortunately, another male cyclist, who had been behind him, came up and stopped.

    Not sure whether it was the other cyclist's presence or me using the word assault, but he let go of me and quickly cycled off towards Custis, yelling about our "fat asses" as he rode off.

    He is white, 5'9, late 50's, early 60's, blue eyes, pudgy nose, white facial hair, heavyset. He was wearing a blue cycling jacket, black helmet, black pants and his bike is outfitted with side saddles. He is a daily commuter. Since he was ramming his bike into me, I wasn't able to see the make and model but the color is black (or dark)

    This is not the first time he has acted aggressively. He did the same thing to another running friend who was close to the yellow line by yelling right in her ear as he passed aggressively close to her. He is a routine bully towards female runners on the WO&D for the last 2 years. When finally called out, he attacks.

    I am a seasoned runner and cyclist myself who has ran and cycled along the WO&D for 20+years. I'm fully aware of trail etiquette and obey trails rules.
    I would appreciate anyone who may know who this cyclist is to contact me. He is a menace.
    Last edited by McChipstah; 05-17-2013 at 09:16 AM.

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    I'm often in that vicinity around that time and will keep an eye out. What color saddle bags? The world is full of sad and angry people. Unfortunately some of them are cyclists.

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    I'd encourage you to file a police report if you haven't already.

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    I'm so sorry you had to deal with such a terrible person on the trail, please don't let his actions represent the majority of us who try to be good citizens and cycling ambassadors on the roads and trails. As thucydides noted, sadly there are folks around that are just angry no matter what they are doing. I will keep an eye out myself although I am rarely in that vicinity in the mornings.... which way was he heading, west or east? Thanks again for posting this and making us aware, I hope you had a better run today.

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    Will keep an eye out.

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    That kind of crap is totally unacceptable. Hope you catch the guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie View Post
    I'm so sorry you had to deal with such a terrible person on the trail, please don't let his actions represent the majority of us who try to be good citizens and cycling ambassadors on the roads and trails. As thucydides noted, sadly there are folks around that are just angry no matter what they are doing. I will keep an eye out myself although I am rarely in that vicinity in the mornings.... which way was he heading, west or east? Thanks again for posting this and making us aware, I hope you had a better run today.
    He was coming from Mad Manor/Falls Church heading east and turned left onto Custis. We usually run M, W, F and I plan on bringing my cellphone w/me from now on to see if he happens to pass and I can take his pict.

    Thank you for your kind words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    I'd encourage you to file a police report if you haven't already.
    I did

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    Although I am not disputing that the guy in question is an asshole, I would suggest that we all should at least TRY to refrain from making inflammatory comments. He was rude to you--but calling him an asshole is really not helping anything. If not for the sake of a more civil world, then how about for purely practical reasons, such as self preservation? People have been shot for lesser insults. You just never know in these crazy times who is carrying a gun. (Or even if no gun, who will just stop and beat you up!)

    Let's all avoid calling people names, and just breathe deeply the next time someone cuts you off or startles you. We can all do our part to lessening the incivility we are surrounded by every day.

    My $.02

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    I got called an idiot by a self-righteous biker on the CCT right near Bethesda a couple of weeks ago because I zipped into the oncoming lane, passed somebody in front of me, and zipped back into my lane with a good 40 FEET of distance clear in front of me. And I called my pass, which I doubt Miss SR could hear.

    I didn't like being called an idiot.

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