Originally Posted by joeftansey
Is this regularly a large problem in running/cycling races? It seems like it would be really hard to formulate rules against it.
Why would you need rules against things that are 100% legal in the sport? About the only thing that would break the rules is to physically impeded someone (i.e. in cycling if you take a line that blocks someone else you can get DQ'ed) or physically restrain them. But surrounding them isn't illegal by any fashion. And if you're leading the pack and want to run or ride slowly, that's your perogative. Folks can either run behind you or speed up and go faster assuming they can get around you.
Seriously, have you ever watched auto racing? Same thing. If I'm driving in front of you and go slowly, it's not illegal. You can either stay behind me or speed up. If I physically bump into you, that's an issue. IF me and 2 teammates have you surrounded front and sides, that's just too bad. Learn to drive more tactically or suck it up.