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    Identify double-paceline group on SGRT (Mon)

    I went for a ride on Cinco de Mayo, when I got to the SGRT a strange thing happened and here are
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    date: May 5, 2014
    time: 11am
    city: Seal Beach, border of LB
    location:entrance to SGRT at
    College Park Dr bridge, near Edison Park
    my bike: Immortal_Force with Ultegra
    weather: low 70's
    itinerary: 46 miles (solo) total, down to Bushard and Brookhurst (Medusa Salon) and back.

    After coming south on Studebaker, I cut into Anaheim St. and approached the SGRT. The gate at
    College Park was closed, so you have to use the narrow Rt/angle entrance. Lucky for me, I exercised caution, stopped, unclipped and looked up and back on the trail before entering.

    Sure enough, the caution paid off since at that moment a large, fast, double paceline descended under the CP bridge, coming my way. I recognized nobody, not even from the motley collection of lycra outfits. It was no cycling club known to me. They were all men, mostly tall and fit, with plenty of audible cues shouted among the group. They reminded me of Lightning Velo, except there was no such kit among the group.

    Any idea which ride or club they could be? The doubling up seemed unwise to me as the whole SGRT path was blocked.

    It seems more wise for a group like this to use PCH-Loynes-Studebaker, rather than rampaging up the SGRT.
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    Wisdom is not common on the river trails.

    I would say adobo velo but they're not usually that tall and they ride more of amoeba style...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Wisdom is not common on the river trails.

    I would say adobo velo but they're not usually that tall and they ride more of amoeba style...
    Amoeba style, I like that hahaha, have definitely seen them before like that.

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    define amoeba style

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowser29 View Post
    define amoeba style
    More like a peloton than a paceline.

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    Super cool dudes, though. One day I was riding up the SGRT while the Santa Ana's were blowing. Had my head down, grinding away into the headwind. I became aware of a couple of guys who had tucked in behind me, and after one of the underpasses I flicked my elbow for them to pass. Both had Adobo Velo jerseys, and the three of us formed a mini-paceline, taking turns pulling into the punishing headwind. When we got to El Dorado Park, I told them I would be exiting at Wardlow. As I pulled off, I thanked them and said "Have a good ride." One of them replied "You too, sir."

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    Any tri bikes in the group?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSMaxwell View Post
    Any tri bikes in the group?
    None that stood out to me.

    Now that I've thought over their riding style for 2 days, I can't see why they don't go to
    single file before entering the bridge underpass, since things get more narrow, with no shoulder.

    Nobody wants to be in that underpass when a double-paceline is oncoming. All the shouting, and path adjusting is scary enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marquhar View Post
    None that stood out to me.

    Now that I've thought over their riding style for 2 days, I can't see why they don't go to
    single file before entering the bridge underpass, since things get more narrow, with no shoulder.

    Nobody wants to be in that underpass when a double-paceline is oncoming. All the shouting, and path adjusting is scary enough.
    Sounds like the guys that I approached once on the SART with my 11 yr old daughter. One of the guys yelled out "move over" to her while she was riding perfectly on our side. She yelled back "you move over, Lance"!! Oh, what a proud dad moment that was.. : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genaro View Post
    She yelled back "you move over, Lance"!!
    I have to hand it to you, that's a complete parenting win right there. (clap clap). Well done.

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