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2013 STL Wolfpack Hustle Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Crash Race 10-27-13

October 30, 2013 in Marathon Crash Race, News, Race Results, St. Louis by Tbrokus

Credit: Chris Green

Credit: Chris Green

If anyone reading this hasn’t done a WPH Marathon Crash Race, you won’t understand the rush that comes from blazing through the pitch black city streets at 20+ mph with some of the fastest people who can ride a bike. It was 3:30 a.m. and it was downright chilly in STL. All the usual suspects and a few new faces gathered to crash the “Rock N Roll Marathon”. We had a couple out-of-towners come down from Chicago for the race with OG Hustler Zach. Kayce made the announcements through the sickly sounding megaphone and after a quick jaunt through the start/finish line (which that prick cop hated), we waited for the light to turn green and we were off. The race was fast with a lot of turns which made it easy to get lost if you weren’t with someone who knew the course (even though we had turnsheets). Max ended up way off course and almost visited Penrose Velodrome in north city, Zach went down on Forest Park Parkway, Kayce was holding out money on Washington Ave for people to grab mid-race right from his hand, there were at least 3 flats, and when it was all said and done, Rob Varmer ended up winning it all by a margin of at least 6 minutes. Kayce then divvied up the prizes that were donated by Jeremy @ Cherokee Street Bikes. The sun was coming up and we were all freezing, exhausted, hungry, and had to avoid hundreds off runners about to run our race course.

 

Rob Varmer (1st overall, 1st fixed)

Chris Vela (2nd overall) (fixed)

Andy Grueninger (3rd overall, 1st geared)

Tom Brockus (4th overall) (fixed)

Zach Slavens (5th overall) (fixed)

Courtney  Cushard (6th overall, 1st womens) (geared)

Jack Helvey (7th overall) (geared)

etc, etc, etc…..

 

A huge Thank You to everyone who came out to race and especially to Kayce, Chris V, Jack, and Chris Green for putting this all together. And a Super Huge Thank You to Jeremy @ Cherokee Street Bikes for donating the prizes. You all kick ass!!!

Go buy stuff from Jeremy @ Cherokee Street Bikes. He always supports the alleycats

Go buy stuff from Jeremy @ Cherokee Street Bikes. He always supports the alleycats

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St Louis Fall 2013 Marathon Crash Race

October 15, 2013 in Marathon Crash Race, News, Race Events, St. Louis by Tbrokus

Credit: Chris Green

Credit: Chris Green

That’s right everybody, St Louis is having the “Rock N Roll Marathon” which means Wolfpack is gonna crash the course at 4a.m.!!!! Most people will be all warm and comfy in their beds still sleeping and you have the opportunity to blast through the nearly empty streets of our beautiful city while racing 30+ (so far) of your closest friends. Bring your fixie, geared road bike, full carbon TT bike, or even a penny farthing if that’s your thing. But most importantly: BRING YOUR HUSTLE!!!!

There will be prizes and cash for the winners of each category, fixed, geared, female. $5 to race. 3:30 registration, 4:00 race start. Meet @14th and Market and we will have turnsheets. Any more info can be found on the Facebook event page link below. See you there!!!

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1374265066145820/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

 

Competitor Spotlight: Lynn Kennedy

June 20, 2013 in Civic Center Crit, Los Angeles, Marathon Crash Race, News, Rider Spotlight by Sara Bond

Lynn Kennedy is a Wolfpack Hustle Dog Tag holder. She placed 1st Ladies’ Fixed and 1st Overall in the female category at the 2011 Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race.

Lynn has been riding bikes for 10 of her adult years, 6 years fixed and she has only competed in street races and track racing at the Encino Velodrome for the past few years. In 2012, Lynn crashed and shattered her right elbow. With a permanent metal plate and screws in her elbow, she had to take six months off from riding to heal. “My accident happened while riding with the guys on a Wolfpack Hustle ride two weeks before the 2012 MCR. I was super bummed that I couldn’t compete to defend my title.” Not being able to train and prepare for the last year because of her accident, Lynn is happy to have placed in the top ten in the ladies’ category taking 4th place in the MCR this year.

Currently, Lynn works at the store, Velo Love, in Los Angeles, which is owned by the urban cycling apparel company, Swrve. Lynn also helps organize races and other events for both Swrve and Velo Love.

 

One on one with Lynn Kennedy:

What influenced you to pursue racing? Why? 

I started racing street races for fun and found out that I was good at it and it inspired me to race more. In the fall of 2010, I signed up for a six-week intro class to track at the Encino Velodrome and had done well in the Summer Series races held there. Racing is still a fun thing for me. Once I get a road bike I plan on becoming more serious about racing. My goal is to race my first sanctioned race this year.

 

What have been your results this year in “sanctioned” and “unsanctioned” races?

The only race I have done this year is the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race where I placed 4th in Ladies’ Fixed and 9th Overall in the Ladies’ Category. I did the 26.2 miles in one hour and six minutes. The last race I did before this year’s Crash Race was Cranksgiving in November 2012. For that race I placed 1st female and 17th out of forty-one racers.

 

What do you think about when you train for races? 

I make a goal to win and think about winning while training. Anything can happen in a race and I know sometimes winning is not in the cards, but I set my goals high and I try my best.

 

What interests do you have outside of cycling?

I enjoy cooking and occasionally baking, traveling when I can, shopping and spending time getting my hair done with my friend Julio that owns ASE Salon on Melrose Ave across the street from Orange 20 Bike Shop. ASE Salon is like my second home when I am not training or racing.

 

What is your all-time favorite racing moment to this day?

Honestly, my all-time favorite racing moment to this day is when I won the Crash Race in 2011. That year it was pouring rain the entire race and freezing. It was the most suffering in a race I have ever experienced. It was like going through Hell and coming back. I was so excited when Roadblock put that set of dog tags around my neck. It is definitely a moment in my life I will never forget.

 

What are you looking forward to this year whether in “sanctioned” races or “unsanctioned”?

I am looking forward to the turnout that the Wolfpack Unified Title Race Series will bring out and I am hoping to still place well in the next 2 races of the series.

 

Competitor Spotlight: Evan Stade

June 18, 2013 in Civic Center Crit, Los Angeles, Marathon Crash Race, News, Rider Spotlight by Sara Bond

On March 17th, at approximately 5:15am, Evan Stade took 1st overall and 1st Men’s Freewheel in the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race.

Evan describes himself as, “Just an average Joe with a day job and an indifference to suffering. A no-talent hack propelled by wiles, willpower and a steady intake of chicken burritos.”

The first Group ride Evan ever attended was Root Run, one of the many fast rides in Los Angeles birthed from Wolfpack Hustle, where he spent many months suffering to keep up. In 2009, he started riding with Wolfpack Hustle, surviving his first ride “by the skin of my teeth.” The second time he was dropped within two blocks of the start. “Those beat downs weren’t fun, but I always came back for more. Eventually, I was the one handing out the punishment.” In 2010, a group of friends “cajoled” him into participating in SOCAL sanctioned races. “The first race was such an adrenaline rush, I was hooked.”

Professionally, Evan says he’s a software engineer at Google and cycling is just a hobby. He’s closing in on his Cat 1 upgrade (In sanctioned races, Cat 1 is considered “the best of the best”) as he races most weekends, currently holding 8th on the P12 SOCAL Cup Points Series.

Evan is one of the few racers who have participated in the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race all four years. The first two years, he flatted out early, “Very frustrating.” And with the chaos of last year’s false start, he only managed 2nd place. “Second and first don’t sound very different, but it turns out, they’re worlds apart.”

 

One on one with Evan Stade:

When did you start riding a bike?

 Video Of Evan Learning How to Ride a Bike!

 

What do you think about when you train for races? 

How lucky I am to be young, healthy, free and living in LA.

 

What interests do you have outside of cycling?

I’ve made my diet a lot healthier over the last year so I spend a lot of time focusing on finding new and delicious foods that were previously off my radar. Think Brussels sprouts, oatmeal, homemade salads, fish, nuts, dried fruit. I bought a house about a year and a half ago and spend a good deal of free time on home improvement tasks.

 

What is your all-time favorite racing moment to this day?

That’s hard to pin down. I will say that the Belgian Waffle Ride which I did last Sunday was the most PRO experience I’ve ever been a part of. From the race caravan to the Coca-Cola hand ups to the constantly shuffling lead group, the brutal distance and never-ending climbing, the rabid tifosi, everything about it made me feel like I was on TV. The first time I lapped the field in a p12 crit was a pretty good one too. It made me think, “Hey! Maybe I don’t suck at this so badly after all…”

What are you looking forward to this year whether in “sanctioned” races or “unsanctioned”?

Well my goals for the season will be a top 5 in the SoCal cup points series (that’s just a combination of all the sanctioned road races) and winning the Wolfpack series as well. I’m also targeting the state championship TT in May — a win will be hard but a podium might be possible. And of course the number one goal is to complete my cat 1 upgrade.

Competitor Spotlight: Asia Morris

April 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, Marathon Crash Race, News, Race Events, Race Results, Rider Spotlight by Sara Bond

At 22 and with only one race under her belt, Asia Morris took third overall in the geared ladies category at the 2013 Marathon Crash Race. Born and raised in Long Beach, a college roommate inspired her to trade in her beach cruiser for “a little less clunky” bike. It was then that she started riding avidly on Tuesday nights with a group called the Juggernauts in 2008. Asia was busy acquiring her BA from Scripps College in Claremont when she won a sprint race in Riverside in 2010, and only a week ago she competed in her third race in South Korea at King Track placing 2nd. Natural talent is strong with this one.

“So, I guess you could say you’re catching me at the beginning
of what might be a promising career or just a really fruitful hobby.”

 

One on One with Asia Morris:

1. What influenced you to pursue racing? Why?

I race because I like to surprise myself. I think the scary part about racing is putting yourself out there, believing that you’re fast, that maybe, just maybe, you’ve put in enough time and training to put yourself above the other competitors. I remember the first time I raced, I hadn’t planned on it at all. I’d been riding for a couple years but not with the hopes of winning any races. I’d always enjoyed the friendly competition with the guys I rode with weekly, but I’d never thought about having any potential to win. I remember I’d tagged along with my boyfriend at the time to watch the Victoria St. Drag Race in Riverside. There were about forty male competitors, some looked pretty serious, others not so serious, and then I noticed there were only five female competitors. I thought, wow, I’ve been riding a lot, maybe I could do well. Just the thought of entering the race gave me butterflies, made me almost sick to my stomach, but that could’ve been the Little Caesars I had just eaten. It was silly, but I won and blew my fears out of the water.

I didn’t race again until Wolfpack this year where a whole new set of fears waited for me, I didn’t exactly blow past them, I mostly crashed into them, twisting my cleat out of place and messing up my knee. I remember falling over before the race even started because I couldn’t get my shoe out in time (I’m kind of new to clip less pedals) I got up and bowed to a round of awkward applause. Then my chain fell off. I’m kind of a klutz so it’s absolutely amazing that I even placed. I expected top sixteen, but 3rd?! That’s crazy. So yea, I race because every time I do well it’s a surprise. Even in Korea, I chose not to expect to do well, but just to do my absolute best. I wanted to go on the trip because it seemed like a crazy thing to do, but I figured if I’m not doing things that seem crazy I’m not really living.

2. What have been your results this year in “sanctioned” and “unsanctioned” races?

This year I placed 3rd in the Wolfpack Crash Race and 2nd in the Women’s Keirin for King of Track in Korea.

3. What do you think about when you train for races?

I usually think about how I’m not training hard enough or how Bud’s rear wheel is getting farther and farther and farther away from me… We’ve been training together for a couple months now and I figure, as long as I can keep up with his chill pace that means I’m pushing myself hard enough. But now I think it’s time to push myself a little bit harder.

 

4. What interests do you have outside of cycling?

Outside of cycling I’m a creative writer, a visual artist, and sometimes a singer when I’m not paralyzed by shyness. Since graduation, I’ve showed my work three or four times, in a couple galleries and someone’s house, while I just finished up an internship at the Orange County Museum of Art. I’m currently looking for a job in the visual arts and paying the bills as a receptionist.

5. What is your all-time favorite racing moment to this day?

Probably when I lost at King of Track. The other cyclist, MJ, kicked my butt by like half a wheel. I wouldn’t have wanted the finish to be any different. It was so exciting, and I learned what I need to do differently for my next track race. That’s the beautiful thing about racing, you can always lose, but then you just learn, train a little harder, and then go back for more.

6. What are you looking forward to this year whether in “sanctioned” races or “unsanctioned”?

I’m looking forward to meeting other female cyclists, hopefully some that I can train with.

 

Competitor Spotlight: Veronica Volok

April 23, 2013 in HANNEL ET, Los Angeles, Marathon Crash Race, News, Rider Spotlight by Sara Bond

Veronica Volok received her first set of Dog Tags at the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race this year in Los Angeles as 1st Ladies’ Fixed. Born in Russia and raised in the Bay area, Veronica slangs coffee at the quaint coffee shop, Cento, and runs the Coffee Bar at CHROME Industries in San Francisco. She rides for DESTROY BIKES and with her ladies in FWOD (Fixed Without Dix), an all girl bike club based out of Oakland.

 

“FWOD is an all ladies and trans only bike club that hosts a ride every Wednesday night in Oakland (Rain or shine). New riders are always welcomed and encouraged to come out every week! Despite FWOD standing for fixed-with-out-dix, all bike types can come and ride. The most important part is having a lady/trans bike community since many bike rides and bike clubs are male dominated. We throw events like alleycats, fundraisers and co-ed rides with a theme. It’s easy to spot us because most of us are wearing brown vests with our FWOD patches on the back. People associate and confuse us as being a “bike gang”, which has a negative connotation with it. We are a social bike club that organizes social bike rides and events.”

In October 2011, Veronica competed in her first race ever at the WOB’s Judgment Day Time Trials placing 2nd in the women’s fixed category. In 2012, she competed in teams of three on a 68 mile route from Pittsburg to Sacramento in MASH’s fixed gear only Time Trial Race to the HAHB’s. Her team, Team Beaver, only a few miles from the finish line suffered a loss when Veronica flew off her bike into a pole, which resulted in a broken collarbone and a hefty surgery bill.

“I was off my bike for three months, which feels like forever when you’re told you can’t ride a bike for that long. But once I recovered, I got back on my bike and went to the Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose!”

Entering into this year’s Mission Bay Crit hosted by Crihs Tian, she describes it as “one of the hardest and most intimidating races I have ever experienced,” Veronica placed first. “There were these moments I wanted to give up, but I clenched my teeth and kept pushing and pulling and spinning until I knew it was over. Can’t stop. Never Stop.”

 

One on one with Veronica Volok:

What influenced you to pursue racing? Why? 

It sounds cheesy, but my boyfriend is my biggest influence in racing. He is the one who first suggested that I should try racing, and even though I was hesitant, I took his suggestion and was surprised with the results. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am.

What have been your results this year in “sanctioned” and “unsanctioned” races?

I haven’t done any sanctioned races this year…yet.
I’ve only done two unsanctioned races this year; The Mission Bay Crit, which I placed in women’s 1st; and the Crash Marathon Race, which I placed in women’s 1st fixed.

What do you think about when you train for races? 

When I train for races I think about what I did in the previous race and how I can improve. There’s always room for improvement.

What interests do you have outside of cycling?

Dogs! I’m a total nerd for dogs and love taking my dog out on adventures, especially on bike rides. I also really enjoy running. Its a good way for me to let out the stress and anxiety that builds ups.

What is your all-time favorite racing moment to this day?

Winning first placed fixed in the Crash Marathon Race this year. Hands down. Even though it wasn’t made official, I was overwhelmed with so many emotions. I remember walking over to Steve, the president of Chrome Industries, and saying, “I did it…I won…” and he gave me the fattest hug as tears exploded from my eyes. Next thing I knew the Chrome family was shaking bottles of champagne and spraying me down. It was surreal. I was crying, laughing, and shaking at the same time. It felt so good to make so many people proud.

What are you looking forward to this year whether in “sanctioned” races or the “Wolfpack Unified Title Race Series”?

I’m really looking forward to participate at the Hellyer Velodrome races in San Jose this year, but my biggest excitement will be the Wolfpack Unified Title Race Series. It will be my first time racing in those events so we’ll see how it goes! I just want to have fun and see what happens.

 

 

Competitor Spotlight: Craig Streit

April 23, 2013 in Civic Center Crit, HANNEL ET, Los Angeles, Marathon Crash Race, Rider Spotlight by Sara Bond

On a cold rainy night in 2011, Craig Streit and a couple team mates quietly crept into LA, grabbed a set of Dog Tags and escaped across the Arizona border. Ever since, Craig and his team, State Bicycle, have made it a point to disrupt any plans to keep the Dog Tags within city limits again winning 1st Men’s Fixed and 2nd Overall at this year’s Marathon Crash Race.

Iowa raised, Craig moved to Arizona in 2001. Over the years he’s ridden in group rides, local fundraiser rides, mountain bike trips, a Trans-America ride and ten years ago, he got into competitive road racing.

For Craig 2007 is when he began to get serious about road racing and moved from Cat 4 to Cat 1 (In sanctioned races, Cat 1 is considered “the best of the best”). “I started racing on a Velo Vie, which was owned by Homay Farsi, Mehdi’s father. I built a relationship with Homay and over the next 4 years I raced on a Velo Vie.” At the same time, he went to the World Track Championships in Carson, CA and got hooked on track racing. “It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. I purchased a track bike the week I got back. Unfortunately, there isn’t a track in AZ so I would only get 2-3 track weekends a year and the occasional fixed crit.”

Homay introduced Craig to Mehdi when they started State Bicycle Company (SBC) and asked him if he’d race fixed for them. At first, it was a local crit race or two, but then, it blossomed into events like the Marathon Crash Race. “Every year, State Bicycle Company finds new, awesome events!!!”

 

 

One on One with Craig Streit:

What/Who influenced you to pursue racing? Why?

I guess I can’t really put my finger on a specific person or event.  I’m a competitive person so racing was just a natural progression.

 

What have been your results this year in “sanctioned” and “unsanctioned” races?

I’ve had a great season so far both with my Body by Vi road team and State Bicycle Co. Fixed team.  Here are a few of my results:

Road:                                                                                                               Fixed:

Avondale Crit #1 – 2nd (35+)                                                                     Not So Underground Crit – 1st

U of A Crit – 4th (Pro/1/2)                                                                          Wolfpack Hustle Marathon Crash Race – 1st

Sun Devil Crit – 1st (Pro/1/2)                                                                     Red Hook Crit – 11th

McDowell Circuit Race – 2nd (Pro/1/2)                                                 El Tour Twilight Crit – 1st

Avondale Crit #2 – 2nd (35+)                                                                    Red Bull Road to Ride in Style – 1st

Avondale Crit #2 – 5th (Pro/1/2)

San Tan Crit – 1st (Pro/1/2)

El Tour Twilight Crit – 1st (Pro/1/2)

Tour de Mesa – 1st (overall)

What do you think about when you train for races?

For the most part, NOTHING.  Riding is my time to relax and forget about the world.  There are definitely times that I replay past races in my head… and imagine future ones.

 

What interests do you have outside of cycling?

Cycling is by far my biggest hobby (lifestyle); however, I also enjoy hunting/shooting, camping, hiking, climbing, and motorcycling rides… basically anything out door or that involves adrenaline.

 

What is your all-time favorite racing moment to this day?

Probably winning the Cat 3 overall at Superweek.  It’s a 16 day long race series in the Chicago/Milwaukee area.  It was back when I was a Cat 3, but it was such a great experience to race every day for 16 days in a row.  It was my first really big win against riders from all around the country.  And it’s close to home, Iowa, so a bunch of my family was able to come watch parts of the series.

What are you looking forward to this year whether in “sanctioned” races or “unsanctioned”?

On the roadside of things, I’m looking forward to the Memorial Day Weekend Races back in Iowa (specifically Snake alley…. look it up), Tulsa Tough, and hopefully Boise Twilight.  I’m super excited about all the new cool fixed gear races/events.  The Unified Title Race Series is an awesome series.  I’m hoping to make it to Europe for at least one more of the Red Hook Events, maybe both.  Lastly, Puerto Rico was an awesome trip this past fall and I’m hoping to return again.

 

If in 2014 the UCI decides to move forward and enforce the unsanctioned rule how will you react considering all your latest work in unsanctioned racing?

I haven’t really given it too much thought.  I have a really hard time believing it will ever come to be enforced.  There are just too many races outside the USAC and UCI that can and will push back on this rule.  It’s just a sanctioned vs. unsanctioned issue.  There are plenty of events that are sanctioned by different bodies that would also be affected (mountain and cross events, grand fondos, etc.).  I’ll cross that bridge when/if needed.

OFFICIAL RESULTS, RECAP and THANK YOU LIST:
Wolfpack Hustle 2013 Marathon Crash Race
presented by Red Bull and Chrome

March 25, 2013 in Crash Race Sponsors, Los Angeles, Marathon Crash Race, News by Roadblock

The Wolfpack Hustle 2013 Marathon Crash Race presented by Red Bull and Chrome is now in the history books. This year, like every year, was a celebration and a hard fought battle to bring you the best of our best to accomodate the riders. The people that compete in this race are no ordinary men and women. To compete in a race like this, you need to be in TOP athletic form, ready for a battle and you need to be at minimum, slightly insane. LAPD estimates that 4000 people showed up at Tang’s Donut at 4am to participate in this, the largest unsanctioned street race in the world. Our thanks and gratitude go out to ALL of the people who participated in this event.

Our complete thank you list appears below, but the short list begins once again with Officer Gordon Helper of the LAPD who time and again has put his reputation on the line for the LA cycling community. Without his work both from the inside and in his skills leading rides and understanding rider behaviour on the streets… this race would not happen or be as safe as it manages to be considering the circumstances.

This was the 4th year of the Marathon Crash Race and the best yet thanks in large part to our series partners and especially to our presentation partners Chrome and Red Bull. Both brands have been extremely supportive and have each provided value beyond just financial backing. We intend to get every brand we work with involved in our events. We thank City Grounds for hosting our registration online. More than 2063 people registered.Thats quite a responsibility. We thank Aventón bikes for deciding to back us and allow us the privilege of introducing their frames to you. we thank Mr. Thomas Forsyth for his unwavering support of bicycle culture in LA through our events.

The weather couldnt have been better for the 4AM(ish) start this year.

 

2013 Marathon Crash Race OFFICIAL RESULTS:

Our official finish line judge of the 2013 Marathon Crash Race is the honorable and knowledge-able Kieron Menzies of Ride The Black Line. Kieron compiled the results after literally hours of video review and screen capture. We would also like to thank the crowd for helping ID some of the 4000 riders we were attempting to track. We appreciate all the feedback on our FB page pertaining to our process and the circumstances of our race. Most of all we appreciate your patience.

The following top 16 in the men and women’s divisions get free entry into the second race in the Unified Title Series: The Los Angeles Criterium.

Evan Stade of Wolfpack A crossed the line first over all. Repeat Dog Tag Winner, Jo Celso 1st Woman Overall crossed only 14 seconds later bringing the gap ever closer between men and women competitors. Celso stayed with the front pack right up until the final sprint on San Vicente and Ocean.

In the fixed gear category Craig Streit State Bicycle team member and 2011 Marathon Crash Champ returned to the podium to take men’s first fixed coming in a split second behind men’s first overall. Chrome team mate Veronika Volok took first place women’s fixed gear.


Photo by Devon Tsuno

Evan Stade crosses the line. photo by Tyler Quinn

 


Last year’s Champ Robbie Miranda putting in WORK. We saw footage of Robbie RIPPING away from the pack this year. Video soon…



Evan Stade sporting the 2013 Chrome coveted jersey. Photo by Mikey Wally


First Fixed Woman Veronica Volok sporting the 2013 Chrome Coveted Jersey photo by Mikey Wally


Evan sporting his brand new Marathon Crash Jersey by Endo Customs with Craig Streit who once again has removed the Dog Tags from their native land…. photo by Mikey Wally


The Unified Title Series Standings as of March 17, 2013

The Unified Title Series presented by Red Bull and Chrome is more than just a battle between fixed and freewheel bicycles. Since each rider may choose different categories from race to race, this series is truly a series of individual strategy. Choosing to ride freewheel for the road race may make sense depending on the field. Riders are also permitted to enter both categories in the Los Angeles Criterium. The best placing achieved determines which points and category the rider gets to carry forward in the series.
WE SINCERELY THANK EVERYONE who stood in line at the reg party. We were restricted to a guest list due to city legal requirements. Next year we will work to alleviate this. Some good times were had:

 

THANK YOU and CREDITS
This list is long and not complete.
PLEASE email and forgive me for not including you or spelling your name wrong…

The City of Los Angeles
LAPD OLYMPIC DIVISION
Senior Lead Officer Gordon Helper
Commander William Scott
Captain Anne Clark
SMPD Sergeant Phillbo Rubish
The City of Santa Monica
BHPD and the City of Beverly Hills

Sara Bond – Producer / Production Coordinator
Don Ward – Race Director / Executive Producer
Swank One – Graphic Art
Justin Garcia – EMS Coordinator

Ace Carretero – Film / Media
Mikey Wally – Film / Media
Rafael Hernandez – Film / Media
Dennis Gonzales – Scooter / Media
Donnie Walker – Motorcycle / Media

Kieron Menzies – Finish line Judge / Race logistics
Stephan Andranian – Rolling Start / Legal Waiver
Gern Trowbridge – Lighting / Finish line Production
LaHarr – Rambo ass mofugga
Don Ward – Finish line Camera
Tyler Quinn – Finish line Camera
Hans Wagner – Assistant Camera

Norma Herrera – Merchandise
Lauren Robison – Merchandise
Chris Barnes – LACBC Bike Parking
JJ Hoffman – LACBC

DJ Patrick Miller
FUZZBEAST – Projector Bike
Dj Mikey Wally

Warren Kommers
Lee Diskin
Rick Darge
Rick Kleinsmith
Hern Montenegro
Richie Trimble
Devon Tsuno

The Volunteers -

John Osnap
Hamilton
Palucha
Paul Cooley
Mikey Adamski
Jimmy Zaffina
Albert Soto
Chris Redwine
Krista Nicole Carlson
James Hawkes
Edward Mirzakhanian
Omo Abode
Alex Alcantar
July Cardoza
Jae Marin
Melody Brocious
Jesse Ramon
Nick Perez
Junu Kang
Alya Stern
Micah Hart
Ruben DeClay
Armando Almendarez
Pako Flores
Henny Alamillo
Kat Namey

Mom Ridaz
Jeff Parker – The Vortex

Steve Kelty – Red Bull
Mike Tunney – Red Bull
Pat Stahl – Red Bull

Steve McCallion – Chrome
Kenny Arimoto – Chrome
Tara Moeller – Chrome
The Team – Chrome

Mr. Thomas Forsyth

Jianwei – Aventón Bikes
Gus Peraza Aventón Bikes

Paul Ku- City Grounds
Jack Ku- City Grounds
Kevin Coleman – City Grounds

Kathleen Barnes – Angel City Brewery
Kru Vodka
CrankLA Clothing

 

A Special Set…. For LA’s Finest.

November 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, Marathon Crash Race, Midnight Drag Race, News by Roadblock

We are extremely proud to announce the award of a VERY special set of Dog Tags to our friend, Officer Gordon Helper of the Los Angeles Police Department. Last year, it was Officer Helper that came to the higher ups in the LAPD and explained just how amazing and good natured the LA bicycle community really is – it takes one to know one right? He personally vouched for Wolfpack Hustle and the bike community, volunteering to assist in keeping the Marathon Crash Race 2012 as safe as possible given the rain and logistics of such an event.

Continuing his support for the community into the summer, Officer Helper again came to bat for and helped us produce our first legally permitted event ever… the Midnight Drag Race 2012. Officer Helper personally donated his time to the event and kept it 110% safe – even during a brief emergency involving a nearby high speed chase. Several times during the night the crowd sent him love via raucous applause once even as he playfully rode a fixed gear bike during a break in the action. He was the first on the scene closing the street down and he didn’t leave till the last riders left the tunnel at 3:45am. That is above and beyond the call of duty.

So many people, young and old and from incredibly diverse backgrounds from across Southern California and beyond are coming together to ride bicycles, and Officer Gordon Helper has been a special friend to the bicycle community in Los Angeles not only through his work with Wolfpack Hustle, but especially through his work with Los Angeles Critical Mass. When Officer Helper became involved with LACM he immediately made friends with cyclists. Utilizing his years of experience as a cyclist and his mental strength and discipline acquired through his service to the country in the military he led a peaceful integration of the LAPD into Critical Mass. Other cities are not so lucky. Officer Helper approached things different. Instead of looking to exert outright control over the ride, he educated the LAPD motorcycle and bicycle units on how to handle themselves in ways that would make the ride more enjoyable for all and thus winning the hearts and minds and cooperation of thousands of new and young riders. We are looking forward to 2013 and another great year working with the LAPD and our partners in the city to produce some of the most amazing cycling experiences to date.

“Receiving the Dog Tags from Roadblock himself, in the area I serve the people of Los Angeles, out on the street was one of the most incredible experiences of my career thus far. I’ve received awards from the Department but the really special awards are those that come from the people I serve and protect. I fully understand the blood and tears that come from the people that have won the Dog Tags at Wolfpack events and I have shared in many of those experiences but in a different way. I was not able to do the the thing I love most and that is ride in these events but I was given the chance to do the second best thing and that was serve all of you. I’m humbled by this gesture. Truly humbled. Thank you…” – Officer Helper

 

Check out Officer Helper in action in this LA Times video about the Midnight Drag Race 2012:
http://www.latimes.com/videogallery/71433116/News/Midnight-bike-race-takes-over-2nd-Street-tunnel

Officer Helper (sirens ablaze in the LAPD vehicle) assisting the massive Marathon Crash Race through the streets of Hollywood:

Rider Spotlight: Officer Gordon Helper

May 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, Marathon Crash Race, News by Roadblock

Everyone who took part in this year’s Crash Marathon Race might have noticed something different – the friendly LAPD police presence. Yes. Friendly, as in, they didn’t show up to stop the race or arrest anyone for crashing the course they actually came out to help keep it safe. The effort was led by LAPD bicycle officer Gordon Helper of the LAPD Olympic division and it took a bit of convincing the LAPD higher ups that this was an event worth supporting rather than stopping. With 2000 people crashing the course, the LAPD saw the excitement of the people and the goodness of riding bikes and went with it.

We caught up with Officer Gordon Helper who is an avid cyclist and set to ride the east coast on the Police Unity Tour to Washington DC:

 

I sit here in my chair at 36,000 feet in the air somewhere above the great state of Missouri reading over the questions that Roadblock has asked me. What better way or time to answer them then now while flying to Newark, New Jersey where I will be riding in the largest contingency of Police Officers on bicycles anywhere in the world.

My name is Officer Gordon Helper and I am a Training Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department assigned to Olympic Area. Olympic Area sits in the heart of Koreatown and we as Olympic Officers riding in the Bicycle Unit have championed the cause of participating every month in the largest bike ride in the Country called Critical Mass. I have been assigned as the Department expert and liaison to anything involving Critical Mass. I am a Department Senior bicycle instructor and have trained thousands of Officers and Command Staff in techniques of doing Police Work on a bike.

What got you into cycling?

My inspiration for my craft and the pure passionate desire I have for cycling started when I was just a child. My father was a fitness expert and loved cycling so naturally it was passed on to me. I had my first road bike at age 10 and I never looked back. I’ve since raced cross country mountain bikes and competed in endurance races called the 24 hours of adrenaline.  I compete in the United States Police Games where cycling is well represented in various classes.

You were the officer who not only championed the cause internally with the LAPD but also lead the effort to help keep the Marathon Crash Race safe along the route. The dashcam footage is priceless… you had your hands full! Tell us a bit about why you became an advocate of the race…

I’ve known about the crash race since its inception. What else did they think would happen when you eliminate the Acura Bike Tour before the largest marathon in the Country and therefore eliminate cycling. Especially during a time when cycling was on the rise not only in LA but around the Country due to the re birth of the Single Speed an the Fixie. Something had to give in the cycling community- my community, and so, the Crash Race was born.

Of course it’s illegal and it is un-sanctioned by the City of LA. Is there another alternative?  Can there be another alternative?  I believe if the City can shut down 10 miles of Downtown Streets for 6 hours twice a year then Crash Race should be allowed to ride before the marathon on a closed course operated and managed by volunteers from Wolf pack.  I believe it can be done with the right assistance from City leaders and the City Attorneys office.  The Crash Race is an event that brings together another side and group of cyclists that are sometimes ignored and even forgotten. These are the people that can only watch the Tour De France or the Tour of California from the sidelines but for one day, for one hour, this time is theirs. They own the streets, they are racing and people are watching them.

You are about to embark on The Police Unity Tour on the east coast. Tell us about it.

We ride for those that have died.  That is the motto of the ride.  There are several different chapters across the nation that will all meet on May 10 and ride from three different locations on the East Coast to Washington DC.  Two of the rides are moderate but the chapter I belong to has chosen the Challenge Ride which is the most difficult because of the speed and distance. The average speed will be 16 – 20 mph and we will ride close to 300 miles when it’s all said and done. Over 170 Officers were killed in the line of duty last year.  I carry their torch to Washington DC so that their light can burn in eternity on the walls of the National Monument Police Memorial.

The ride will take 3 days and we will be stopping in some of this Country’s most beautiful landmarks.  When we arrive in DC we will be greeted by thousands of other Officers and the families of the Officers who were killed in the line of duty over the past year. It will be a somber occasion but an occasion no less. I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m proud to be a Los Angeles Police Officer. I’m proud to be a Veteran of the Navy and the Army. I’m proud to be a cyclist and represent you and the City of Los Angeles in the Police Unity Tour Challenge Ride.