I know these threads are so popular that I thought I'd start another. I think it's a worthwhile 500th post.
Scenario: you have just started up a trail that is a LONG climb. The portion of the trail where you currently are is fairly flat (but you just completed a short part of the climb and there is a long grueling climb ahead). On this short stretch of flat trail, you encounter a rider coming "downhill". One can presume that this rider climbed the trail prior to riding down it (and even if not, they did some grueling climb to get to the top before coming down this trail), and in any case, they obviously have been cruising downhill for quite some time. But like I noted, this short section of trail is flat.
Obviously, the correct answer is everyone should chill and be nice to each other. But barring that, should they yield as the overall "downhill" rider? What if the 50 yard stretch where you meet is slightly uphill for them, should you yield as the downhill rider, even though you both know that this trail is a climb for you and a downhill ride for them? Or should they just ride straight in the middle of the trail until you yield or you crash into each other?
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