'Marathon Crash' bike ride canceled, reportedly over lack of permits
The organizers of a popular bicycle ride that has preceded the Los Angeles Marathon for the past few years say they have canceled the 2014 event under pressure from the city.
Wolfpack Hustle, a group of cyclists that organize rides in L.A., announced via its website and its Facebook page that the "Marathon Crash Race," which traces the same route as the official marathon but earlier, will not be held this year:The post was attributed to "Roadblock," which is the nickname for Don Ward, who is something of a fixture in the L.A. cycling scene.
In the past, the "Marathon Crash Race" has been very popular, attracting hundreds, if not thousands, of riders. Wolfpack Hustle posted a YouTube video purporting to show 2,000 cyclists crossing through the intersection of Hollywood and Vine on the way to Santa Monica in the 2012 ride (we didn't count, but it's clearly a lot).
As the Los Angeles Times points out, these rides have enjoyed the support of local law enforcement even though they are not entirely legal:In a post on Wolfpack Hustle's website about the 2012 ride, the group gave special thanks to law enforcement for their assistance: "Roadblock" notes in the Facebook post that the city told the group it would not be possible to apply for an expedited permit, adding that they had never needed one in the past.
This year's ride would have followed the same "Stadium to the Sea" course as the marathon, which begins Sunday morning at Dodger Stadium and finishes just before the Santa Monica Pier.
Some cyclists had already taken to social media to complain on Wednesday, and there were hints that some would make the ride despite the city's warnings.
How the city will respond remains to be seen, but we'll bring you updates as we learn more.