IAAL-MAF Invitational 4.0: The “Taint” Ride

taintride.jpgHello, L.A. cyclists – particularly those of you with a taste for weird and uncommon scenery, a nose for bizarre and pungent smells and a burning curiosity about unseen parts of Los Angeles.

The notorious (and fictitious) IAAL-MAF invites you to join its fifth (yes, 5th) invitational bike tour next Thursday April 19 – a leisurely 15-mile nighttime cruise through L.A.’s quiet eastern barrios and across its gritty industrial underbelly. We’re callin’ it “The Taint Ride.”

Taint like t’other IAAL-MAF rides. T’aint a noirish jaunt, a majestic observation, a hilly ordeal or a cultural pilgrimage.

Details after the jump …

We’ll be following the course of last summer’s IAAL-MAF club ride through parts of east L.A. and the city of Vernon – where 91 people live and another 54,000 toil away days (and nights!) in the city’s factories, mills, shops, bakeries and slaughterhouses. And that’s what makes it a bit more like the colloquial definition of taint.

The good news is that the trip ends with a hill climb and then wickedfast plunge down 4th street (land-speed records are made to be broken) so you can let the windrush blow the grime off you before a refreshing bite of sushi at Joy Mart, IAAL-MAF’s favorite post-ride noshery in Little Tokyo.

We keep a reasonable pace – somewhere between Ridazz noodling and peloton-driven churning – but we also try to make sure there’s No Rider Left Behind.

But t’aint gonna be any fun without you. So join us – bring a friend or three, a camera and a few bucks to spend on sushi immediately afterwards.

IAAL-MAF Invitational 4.0 – THE TAINT RIDE

Start point: Factory Place, between 5th and 6th Streets, just east of Alameda (map)

East L.A. and points south

April 19, 7:30 p.m.

8 p.m. sharp!

Little Tokyo, around 10:00 p.m.

5 thoughts on “IAAL-MAF Invitational 4.0: The “Taint” Ride”

  1. Next Thursday, 4/19! (Just added it to the post. Thanks for the nudge. That information might be useful…)

  2. Looks like your ride is going thru Wyvernwood and Estrada Courts, hope your guide knows the terrain! I’ve dodged a few bullets in there.

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