This seemingly simple and straightforward behaviour actually involves a very complex analytical process involving several factors. The angle I want to point out is that, if we chose to race this superior cycle, we would have to advance our machinery and we knew that was impossible. It would involve convincing our parents to buy us a similar cycle. All of us were from an equivalent economic background. Then, if we even allowed this cycle to stay in the group we would eventually start racing it. If we were forced to race it, which we prevented from happening, we would be forced to soup up our cycles. The ethics of the means would be compromised.
Thus, I disagree with Marc W. Herold's analysis of the Afghan policy of President Obama. There actually is a very intelligent reason to use footsoldiers against footsoldiers. Ofcourse, this juvenile instinct was lost in the higher order foreign policy making business, globally, forawhile. If you force me to prevail against your faster bicycle, you soon will be struggling to prevail against mine.