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Middle Finger Salute to Triathlon Organizers - SGRT March 5th

Old 03-07-16, 09:44 AM
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Middle Finger Salute to Triathlon Organizers - SGRT March 5th

Was anyone out on the San Gabriel River Trail Saturday Marrch 5th, 2016? There was a triathlon in Long Beach and the riders road (56 miles) up and back on the SGRT Saturday morning. It was insane. They were going along at 30 MPH plus. With all of the usual Saturday morning people on the bike path it was extremely dangerous. Runners, joggers, families, fisherman, kids, casual bike riders all along with Triathletes screaming by at 30+mph. In my many years of riding on that path this was the most dangerous I have ever seen it. There was at least one crash near the power plants but I am not sure how it happened.

The organizers of the triathlon neglected the safety of their athletes as well as the general public that uses the SGRT. Nothing against triathletes just triathlon organizers.

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They went 25 miles (or so) up the trail? There were no volunteers with radios, coordinating the traffic?
Riders don't draft in this sport, so you wouldn't expect tight packs. This makes it easier to see the race coming when its spread out.

For many years, there was an SGRT group ride which started at the Seal Beach McDonalds. They rode a tight double paceline. Several times I had to bail off the shoulder of the trail when they came past me.

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From the ocean to South St. NOT! go fast territory on weekends!

It's always congested. North of South St. to Santa Fe Dam the herd thins out appreciably. Then it get's crowded again, but nothing like Long beach to Cerritos.

If the organizers had a lick of sense they would have turned the route up Coyote Creek at the bridge and at least avoided the crowds by the parks. That still wouldn't have avoided the congestion by the power plants though. Sometimes that is where it's the worst.
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You've obviously got Tour de France amnesia.

I recall the dog that caused a wreck or two and how they just line the side of the road with no barriers and practically want to touch the racers.

Still, I would have to agree that the location of the course was probably bad...how much resistance did they get to blocking off a road course and detouring traffic?

We have a Criterion or two in Boise and that's what they do but Boise is also a big fan of bicycle races, especially with our native Olympian Kristin Armstrong who gives a huge kick to it's popularity here. Boise isn't Portland but our enthusiasm is close.

PS I don't think the Ironman is still going there but I haven't checked lately. On the other hand the running Race To Robie Creek always has more people wanting to run than slots.
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Did they post any warnings at the trail entrances?
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Originally Posted by squidler4
Sorry I just had to vent.
Venting is fine but if you want results, call the City of Long Beach special events office. If nothing else, the city can make sure that the organizers had signs and TC on the path and if they didn't, can require it on next year's permit.
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Not sure the City of Long Beach would be the ones to handle it.

The SGRT transits about a dozen municipalities and I believe the agency responsible for maintaining it is LA County Dept of Public Works. They may have nothing to do with regulating its use other than closing it down in flood condition's though.
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Originally Posted by GP
Venting is fine but if you want results, call the City of Long Beach special events office. If nothing else, the city can make sure that the organizers had signs and TC on the path and if they didn't, can require it on next year's permit.
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Thank I actually emailed them yesterday and got a response this morning that there was a permit issued by the City of Long Beach. I didn't ask about the details but I will followup this week because I do have some more questions.
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Originally Posted by Elvo
Did they post any warnings at the trail entrances?
None.
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