MPLS Skyline
MENU

LA Marathon Crash Race

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.

IMG_2817

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.

IMG_2816
Austin


IMG_2820
There was a small little gallery setup with bikes from Citygrounds and photos from bicyclists.  The above photos were shot by our buddy John Prolly on his recent trip to Australia.

IMG_2819

IMG_2818
bikes from Citygrounds

IMG_2821
These are the dogtags for the winners of each race category: men's and women's fixed and geared

IMG_2822
my race number

IMG_2827
my Thunderdome in race trim, fender, front brake, bottle cage, riser bars, clipless pedals

IMG_2829
here's me at 3am getting suited up

DSC_3838[1]
and here's the race finish

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.

Comments
Guest

agi

April 16, 2012

48x17 is the gearing you should have and also put on the Allcity cranksets in my opinion

46 is just not useful in anything

Guest

sev

April 23, 2012

Thunderdome looks great in race trim….Fender looks striking!
What brand??

Leave a comment







Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?
* Get your picture next to your comment with a Gravatar Account.

Recent Posts

All-City is Hiring: We’re Looking For A New Engineer

From our first engineer, Adam, who gave us the Nature Boy, Big Block, Def Wish, and Mr. Pink. To our beloved Anna Schwinn who pushed the blue print and ideals ever further with the Space Horse, Macho King, Thunderdome, and JYD. It's pretty safe to say that we've been blessed with some serious engineering chops
Read More

Jingle Cross Photos

So I just got back from Jingle Cross, the biggest cross race in the Midwest. It was three days of freezing our fingers and hands, racing our butts off, and cheering our hearts out for our friends and the pros. Minneapolis was rolling deep with our own tent city, sweet heater setup, and plenty of camaraderie. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend.
Read More

So this is pretty awesome…

Check out these amazing fixed gear tricks.
Read More

Archive