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Old 01-20-16, 10:01 PM
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LA Marathon crash ride

Anyone hear if the event is happening this year? The marathon is already next month on the 14th. I couldnt find any updated info online
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Old 01-20-16, 10:18 PM
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So you had enough fun last year to do it again, huh? I agree. This is one of my favorite rides each year.

However (don't you hate that word?), at this point, it's looking like it's up in the air again, like it was last year. Check out their FB page. This is the latest info from the "I called to LAPD" post:

Not looking good this year. They want me to pay for the insurance which I definitely cant afford.
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Old 01-25-16, 11:54 PM
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Wolfpack Hustle fb page- Don said it'll cost $7k for insurance. If he does a fundraiser, or entry fees i'm sure he can make it. Check fb for updates.
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Old 02-02-16, 05:26 PM
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The latest:

This is the 10 year anniversary of Wolfpack Hustle (technically 11 for the Tangs at Ten / Monday night rides) and I have to say, I love everything we've done and all of the partners for their support to bring us to where we are today. That being said, Im going to bow out of organizing a ride on the Marathon course this year. Im awaiting instructions from the city as to how they plan to manage a ride if they manage it at all. I will let you know soon. Thank you everyone for all the good times over the years and I will always love cycling and Los Angeles. We all TOGETHER have changed the landscape here and will continue to do so.
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Old 02-02-16, 05:43 PM
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Funny, most of their rides look like they are trying to encourage riders to look like dickheads with all the crazy stunts they do to get to the beach. The Marathon crash ride is by comparison a paragon of virtue, it's a real shame it's come to this.
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Old 02-06-16, 05:25 PM
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Well this sux. Had a good time last year with PhotoJoe. Wonder if there will be bandit riders
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Old 02-06-16, 07:18 PM
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Well this sux. Had a good time last year with PhotoJoe. Wonder if there will be bandit riders
That's how the ride started in the first place. Get out and ride!
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Old 02-09-16, 07:01 PM
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IT'S ON!!!! At least, until it's not!

*********** FROM THE MAYOR *********************************

The word from Mayor Garcetti's office is in:

"The marathon route will be secured within the City of LA for cyclists beginning a recreational ride from Sunset and Fountain at 5:00am.

Any riders who fall behind the pace of the group will be asked to leave the course. Riders must follow the directions of City officials, including LAPD and LADOT officers."

*********** ABOUT THE RIDE *********************************


* THERE ARE LITTLE TO NO SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE.
YOU ARE RIDING ON STREETS WITH POTENTIAL FOR
EQUIPMENT AND PEOPLE ON THE COURSE. RIDE SAFE.
* YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF AND
FOR RIDING SAFE AT ALL TIMES
* THIS IS A CASUAL FUN RIDE.
* THIS IS NOT A RACE.
* THERE IS NO SUPPORT.
* LAPD WILL BE SECURING THE ROUTE
* BUT THE ROUTE WILL NOT BE CLOSED OUTSIDE OF LA CITY.
* STAY BEHIND THE POLICE.
* THANK THE POLICE
* THANK THE MAYOR
* THANK THE MARATHON PEOPLE

* The City is allowing riders access to a closed course WITHIN CITY LIMITS. OTHER CITIES ARE NOT PARTICIPATING AND THEREFORE YOU MUST STAY BEHIND THE LAPD OR BE SUBJECT TO TRAFFIC LAWS.

* UNDERSTAND that even with a closed course motor vehicles may wander, take a wrong turn etc. LOOK and call out everything so everyone can be safe.

Ride STRAIGHT
Call out EVERYTHING
HELP a fallen rider
WATCH SPEED ON DOWNHILLS AND TURNS
WATCH SPEED ON DOWNHILLS AND TURNS
WATCH SPEED ON DOWNHILLS AND TURNS
WATCH SPEED ON DOWNHILLS AND TURNS

BRING
Helmets
Lights
BRAKES
Tools
WATER

If you fall behind or have a mechanical please clear the course.
If you see a crash stop and help.

*********** THANK YOU *********************************

PLEASE JOIN US AND THANK: Mayor Eric Garcetti, the LADOT, the LAPD, West Hollywood Sheriff, Beverly Hills PD, Santa Monica PD the LA City Attorney's office, the City of Los Angeles, the City of West Hollywood, the City of Beverly Hills, the City of Santa Monica, and the Veterans Administration for working together to provide this opportunity.
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Old 02-09-16, 11:50 PM
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Wait, stay behind the police? Sounds like a 12 mph crawl.
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Old 02-10-16, 06:33 PM
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If somebody comes and picks me up in Santa Monica and drives me to the starting line I might do this ride. I live a few blocks from finish line

Let the racers have their little race and fall to the back and do it at your own comfortable pace.
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Old 02-10-16, 07:19 PM
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If somebody comes and picks me up in Santa Monica and drives me to the starting line I might do this ride. I live a few blocks from finish line

Let the racers have their little race and fall to the back and do it at your own comfortable pace.
The "hang at the back" has always been my approach, and it works really well. I'm gonna miss this year's ride, otherwise, I'd offer to come get you. There are a lot of feeder rides that meet in Santa Monica and ride to the start. Maybe you can catch one of those. Or Uber?
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Old 02-11-16, 01:48 AM
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If somebody comes and picks me up in Santa Monica and drives me to the starting line I might do this ride. I live a few blocks from finish line

Let the racers have their little race and fall to the back and do it at your own comfortable pace.
Dude, ride your bike to the start. Don't be lazy! How do you think everybody else gets back to where they parked in the first place? That's right, riding.

Actually, you should just salmon the whole thing. Borrow some extra headlights for maximum effect.
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Old 02-11-16, 09:51 AM
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Great news! I'm so there, as long as I don't drink to much the night before. Gonna make a nice ride out of it like last year. Too bad you can't make it this year Photo_joe
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Old 02-12-16, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
Dude, ride your bike to the start.
Ride my bike across LA at 3am on the weekend, are you guys trying to get me killed I go back and forth on this ride every year. The logistics of getting to the starting line are always a problem. I've already got a Specialized Flux Expert so I've got the headlight covered. Weather should be nice so it won't be freezing cold at that time of night.

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Old 02-12-16, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by r8dr_rider View Post
Great news! I'm so there, as long as I don't drink to much the night before. Gonna make a nice ride out of it like last year. Too bad you can't make it this year Photo_joe
It was a tough call, but in the end, I just can't make it happen. I am truly bummed. This is one of my favorite rides each year.

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I go back and forth on this ride every year.
You really do owe it to yourself to do it at least once. It's a good time!
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I do see that there's a group probably meeting up at DK Donuts in SM and riding to DTLA so I may do it.
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Old 02-12-16, 03:23 PM
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Ride my bike across LA at 3am on the weekend, are you guys trying to get me killed
Is your bike a 58?

You can take the red line to the start too, the trains should run until almost the start time (although I think the "crash" is starting later than it used to so maybe not)

I did it with PhotoJoe one year and it was definitely fun, but it was largely unsupervised, as in we could go as fast as we wanted to (it's mostly downhill). I get the very real feeling that the crowd will be forced to ride behind police motorcycles going 12 mph and.... nope, not interested in that.
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Originally Posted by r8dr_rider View Post
Great news! I'm so there, as long as I don't drink to much the night before. Gonna make a nice ride out of it like last year. Too bad you can't make it this year Photo_joe
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I'll be back again too this year (with my wife even!), I'll keep an eye out for you. Sorry you can't make it Photo_joe
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Old 02-12-16, 07:24 PM
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The latest Wolfpack FB update says average pace of 15, so yah, pretty leisurely. I'd still do it if I could.
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You can take the red line to the start too, the trains should run until almost the start time (although I think the "crash" is starting later than it used to so maybe not)
If he is in Santa Monica, the red line, or any line for that matter, would not help him.

How about an UberXL? Might be a bit pricey. A regular Uber might work if you get the right car.
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My first Crash Ride.
How is the parking around the start?
What would you suggest as the best streets to take for the return?

Thanks,

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I'm in again...last year was a blast

Going to bring my son along this time...

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My first Crash Ride.
How is the parking around the start?
What would you suggest as the best streets to take for the return?

JB


I'm parking at the Kaiser Hospital at Sunset / Vermont near the starting point again as Joe had recommended last year...


https://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdale...15-15-a-3.html

Be safe...
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Good idea for parking at Kaiser, thanks. Do you remember how much parking was?

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I'm in again...last year was a blast

Going to bring my son along this time...





I'm parking at the Kaiser Hospital at Sunset / Vermont near the starting point again as Joe had recommended last year...


https://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdale...15-15-a-3.html

Be safe...
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I'm parking at the Home Depot. Anyone interested let me know I have some connections so we won't get towed
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Good idea for parking at Kaiser, thanks. Do you remember how much parking was?
It was free the year I went, mostly because we got out of there so early.
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