As all human do in situation of greater numbers, groups start to form groups. With the growing popularity of cycling it is understandable that different groups and sects would stem from this particular sport. Similar to any other past time, some people will partake occasionally while others will devote their lives to it. Unfortunately with some who dedicate their lives to something, snobbery starts to emerge. Not only do these snobs think they there is some sort of hierarchy within this recreational sport, they seem to not want to have the lower end of the scale around at all. This behavior has been seen as lately as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome winning the Tour in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Commentators and the "elite" in the cycling industry had this disdain for the popularization of the sport and pretty much held these cyclists accountable. However, the riders on the road are the biggest problem. The mentality of newbies taking over "their" sport has become widespread among many club cyclists and the like who have been riding for a few years. Scoffing at new cyclists and looking down on how much "worse" they are then themselves. These "elites" forget, they were once new. They were once terrible at the sport. They were once inspired by the freedom road cycling gives its enthusiasts. The snobs were simply those who have adopted the standard uniform, are chasing numbers, and can no longer find true job in the sport itself. All I can say is, take a step back and enjoy what cycling allows you to do. Getting caught up in the details turns people down a bad path.