This is a side story from Chesapeakeman last Saturday - it didn't really affect my race, so I'm just posting it separately as a side note.
I was riding along a very quiet backroad about 90 miles into the bike leg, so I wasn't exactly at the top of my game right then. There were perhaps 200 competitors spread over 45 miles of road, so race officials were rarely seen.
I was coming up behind a guy (30-ish male rider who looked in decent shape) riding next to his wife or girlfriend driving a van next to him, slowly, with the windows open and the flashers on, apparently talking with him. The van was driving in the middle of the 2-lane road with no shoulder and he was riding the bike on the right edge, so effectively 3/4 of a 2-lane roadway was blocked.
I could see them continue this way for about a mile - from when they first came into view on a very flat straight road until I finally got up right behind him.
I wasn't able to figure out how to go around safely, so I had to slow down, and yelled out, "You're blocking the road!"
The cyclist yells back at me, "Hey, relax!" which I found annoying. The woman pulled the van out to the left lane (fortunately there was no oncoming traffic) and I rode my bike between the cyclist and the van.
I yelled, loud enough so both could hear, "That is *SO* against the rules! You're blocking other riders!"
He yelled something else back at me, I think, but I rode away. I didn't get his race number. The good part of the encounter was that it gave me an adrenalin boost which allowed me to pick up the pace a bit for a few miles. But I still was a bit put out by the situation.
What would you have done?