:agree2:I would agree with some of what you said, but you will find competitors that will bend over backwards to help someone getting started and is putting out the effort. I've met several, one in particular who "took me under his wing" and taught me a lot about building race chain. Heck, he even gave me a Silvey grinder. Now when we meet at a competition we are neck and neck, sometimes he wins, sometimes I do. But above all we are still best of friends.
Maybe we aren't as serious as some though.
LOL, I have met a few too. Ol Larry had to help you out, he used to beat everyone so bad that he needed the competition.