The last day of my LA Trip was race day for the LA marathon Crash Race. For those of you not familiar, the Crash race follows the course of the LA Marathon. The night/morning of the race at 3am, hundreds (they're claiming 1800 this year) of cyclists converge at Tangs donuts to race the blocked off marathon course. The race has grown from a few hundred to become perhaps the largest alleycat in the world, with several professional road cyclists taking part.
Here are some stories and photos from the event.
On race day we went down to registration to find a line around the block. Luckily since we're race sponsors we were spirited to the front of the line where we spotted team rider and internationally fixie famous rider Austin Horse lending a hand with registration.
The race was kind of weird in that we rode a pretty big chunk of the course before being stopped by the police and told it was a false start. This meant that a good lot of riders didn't actually ride the whole course (just the false starters). I myself had a really good race in that I wasn't involved in any crashes on the wet course and had a great tiime. However I ended up just cruising the course because my gearing was so off.
I was geared at 46X17, because I had heard it was hilly. This is a common Midwest gear and taller than I normally ride on the street for day to day business. While I was able to absolutely fly up the climbs it quickly became apparent that on the downhills and flats, I was super spun out.
Austin was riding a 46X15 (much taller) and was complaining about being undergeared as well. I felt really good on the bike, and was excited to dish some pain on the West Coast but ended up just sitting up and spinning it in. Not the result I was looking for, but still a super fun experience.
I can't wait to try my luck next year, though I plan on bringing a road bike next time.