TONIGHT A LOCALLY FAMOUS PRO RACER JOINED OUR RIDE. We'd never met, but I had followed his story battling cancer. In fact, I thought he'd passed away because his updates from mutual friends weren't coming into my FB feed. I saw his jersey, on the side was M. SCOTT. I checked with Frank to verify it was who I thought it was. Yep. So when things slowed down I introduced myself.
Hey, you don't know me but I've followed your story. It's great to see you out riding.
Thanks man. I don't have much power yet.
We small talked a bit more. Then he said, You have a nice pedal stroke, real smooth.
A simple compliment, and it felt pretty dawgawn good. "I have a smooth pedal stroke!" He didn't have to say that... but he did. He'd taken a moment to say something nice that required thoughtful observation.
I see why everybody loves this guy.