What do thousands of cyclists do at 3:30 in the morning in front of a donut store in Los Angeles? Some carry expensive road bikes, other custom fixies, some BMXs, others go in classics, mountain bikes or tandems, some street dresses and others in Pro Tour cyclist mode.
Well, prepare for probably the wildest urban race in the world. At 4 o’clock in the morning the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race begins, and is held at that time for a special reason. Hours later the Los Angeles Marathon takes place, and its route is already blocked from traffic. The oasis for the urban cyclist. 42 kilometers of streets without cars, without traffic lights … empty.
The only requirement for participating is to have a bike, you do not have to pay anything, not even sign up anywhere, just get out there and ride. In 2014 the number of attendees reached 5,000, accidents multiplied and the city council decided to set limits. The race went from Crash Race to Crash Ride in 2015, losing all its wild essence.
The Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race took place from 2011 to 2014, but there are living “tentacles” of the race in Houston, Boston and Mexico.