I found myself chasing back on in a local crit (as often happens). As I caught the back wheel of the lead group of six & let my momentum roll me past two teammates at the back I overhead them discussing whether or not anybody was up the road. Well, crap, if they decided somebody was up the road and these guys started to chase I was for sure gonna get dropped again having just chased back on.
So in an act of desperation I did something I heard on the TrainerRoad podcast & said real loud, ‘Dude, we got lapped.’ Somebody asked, ‘We got LAPPED?’
‘Yeah. He’s a beast. Last race before he upgrades.’ Inexplicably, everybody sat up & I was able to recover & jump @500m to carry a gap across the line.
The thing is, it was such an absurd assertion. Looking back there’s no way anybody could have believed that was true. There were probably 4 other riders that were just hanging on and two guys that wanted a sprint so everybody just let the lie propagate.
Anyhow. Fun times!