As an annual participant of the L.A. Marathon’s Acura L.A. Bike Tour since its inception back in 1995, I’ve been checking into the marathon’s website these last few months to see what was planned for the March 4 bike route since they breathlessly announced a total revamp of the course from a 26.2-mile loop that began and ended downtown to a point-to-point format that starts at Universal City and finishes at the Central Library.
Visit after visit after visit I would click to the bike tour’s home page to find this headline:
CHECK BACK SOON FOR UPDATES…
Dot dot dot, indeed. And sure enough this morning there was that same aggravating message again in all its all-caps stagnation. Only this time while scrolling down the page looking for a contact email with which to pointedly ask WTF? instead — surprise! — I find what I’d been left a-wanting for oh so long just unceremoniously dropped in near the the midpoint of the page:
Seems like a fine ride beginning and ending around Exposition Park with stretches through downtown, the westerly eastside and midcity to me (and one I promptly emulated in Gmaps to find the distance to be 20.7 miles). Seems to be a few too many short stretches between various rights and lefts, but then again I have no idea if this is the final route. If it is, I can tell you that hairpin turn onto Jefferson from MLK Boulevard so close to the start is going to be a gridlock hell for everyone but the front riders who’ll clear it before the remaining 15,000 cyclists jam it all up. And sending everybody up 6th Street from Figueroa seems like a particularly sillly thing to do when a block south 7th Street is a decidedly milder grade up over the 110 Freeway. But that’s just me thinking about the tots over-pedaling their little BMX bikes and the babes on their single-speed grocery-getters. Someone has to.
But the real trick will be how those of us fools who plan to do both the bike tour and the marathon will then be able to get from the bike tour’s finish line near USC to the marathons start line up by Universal City Walk.