As far as I know this individual didn't recognize any of us, and since he was traveling in the opposite direction, we obviously were not slowing him down at all, so I have no reason why he was so angry with us.
This was not an isolated incident.
Though this disturbs me, it's not nearly as bad as the "I'll show them" drivers who blow by us at 80 mph, driving as close to us as they possibly can, often within 6 inches or less. This is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous. I just can't
Why do drivers do this? Is it because they often come across pack of cyclists and have to slow down for a minute or 2 before going around them? "These cyclists cost me 2 minutes and I'm so angry I want to scare them within an inch of their lives."
That's kind of like being in line at the grocery store and being angry at the person at the front of the line who is just standing there doing nothing while the cashier scans their groceries and they pile up. If that person wasn't so lazy and bagged their own groceries, we'd all be out of here 2 minutes sooner! I should take my gun and fire a few rounds a few inches above their head to show them how angry I am about being delayed for 2 minutes!
What's even worse for cyclists though is that ALL of us have to take the road rage created by the actions of those who ride irresponsibly and take up the whole road. When I ride alone, I ride as far to the right as possible and if I hear a car approaching, I move even further to the right, often into the gravel, just to be safe. When I'm riding in a group, and a car comes up from behind the person at the rear of the group will yell "CAR BACK" and we'll all move as far right as possible until the car or cars have passed. Simple.
Drivers, please stop the hate.