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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Marathon Crash Race 2013

I've been waiting for this ride since last year's Marathon Crash Race. The early hours before the start of the LA Marathon, thousands of riders gathered at Tangs Donuts and at about 4:30 am the Crash Race begun.

The day before, racers lined up in downtown LA to pick up bib numbers.  I was one of them.  The line was epic.  I stood in this line for three hours.  Next year, I think I will just "Crash" the Marathon Crash Race.

At the registration there were 100s or 1000s of people.  The line moved at a snails pace. 

My first spoke card?  The promoters were handing these spoke cards out with information on what to do if you crash or are injured during the race. At the race, I saw a lot of people go down.  Hauling ass fixie style, large crowds, dark streets and sharp turns don't mix well.

The registration lines were epic.  I only registered because racers would start ahead of the general public.  Well that was all thrown out the door on race day.  There was so many cyclists and we all lined up with no separation between racers and enthusiast.

Pic Above - People in front of me.
Pic Below - People behind me. 
Yeah, that's a lot of people. 

Well, I managed to make it to Santa Monica and then back to Tangs safely.  It was a great ride/race. I can't wait for next year's race!

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