The problem is that there's a fine line that separates "passing along knowledge" from "brag on how much I know." I try not to cross that line, but it's almost impossible to make everyone understand that. There are always some people who will take offense at anything you do or say.
I've spent quite a bit of time recently working with some local athletes related to cyclocross and multisport training plans. These people have been a joy to work with - eager to learn, motivated to train hard, yet laid back enough that egos are not an issue. We need more people like that in this world.
Fortunately, cycling, running, and multisport tends to expose the posers. When you're in a fast group during a race, talking trash doesn't keep you from getting dropped. What does get you on the podium or across the finish line gracefully is hard training and an attitude of pushing the limits. Simply put, you don't win races by talking about how much you know.
Participants ranged from a professional-level racer to absolute beginners, experienced mountain bikers to a fixed gear roadie, and everything in between.
This event also included a kid's race as part of each series event. If the kids who raced are any indication of what the next generation of cyclists
will be like, we're in for a treat.