(UPDATED) Cyclists May Crash the Chevron Houston Marathon This Weekend

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Photo by Marco Torres
Scene from a Critical Mass ride in 2011
Update: This story has been corrected to reflect that there is no entry fee and thus no charity donation to a dog rescue group.

Inspired by the Wolfpack Hustle bike rides in Los Angeles, some Houston cyclists plan to crash this weekend's Chevron Houston Marathon -- or at least the streets set aside for the big run.

The Houston Police Department will be closing off the streets early Sunday morning along the race course. Twenty six point two miles of open and free asphalt will be available. Speaking as a dedicated rider and regular participant in the monthly Critical Mass Rides here since 2007, the opportunity to ride through the streets of a major metropolitan city without worrying about such obstacles as traffic laws, pedestrians, or the occasional vigilante motorist is just too good to pass up.

Houston cyclists plan to meet downtown at dawn on Sunday, hours before the start of the foot races. There will be a rolling start, and trophies will be awarded to the first fixed and first geared bikers (male and female) who are able to tackle the course in two hours or less, probably much less.

A post ride breakfast will follow. and registration proceeds and donations will benefit Barrio Dogs, a non-profit that rescues street dogs in the East End.

Check out the video below for last year's marathon crash race in L.A.:

RACING THE END ------(Marathon Crash Race 2011) from Warren Kommers on Vimeo.


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16 comments
AtaboyLuther
AtaboyLuther

A San Diego blogger described Critical Mass as "a bunch of mobile turds". 

Hector Garcia
Hector Garcia

The article was corrected. The Barrio Dogs charity is not associated with this race either. Everyone, this is just straight up bicycle fun. Support fun.

Jesse Alston
Jesse Alston

Critical Mass has nothing to do with this

tmpcashel
tmpcashel

A Pre-race Bicycle Marithon is such a COOL&FUN idea that if it's allowed to take place without tooo many arrests I will have to take up the sport in order to take part in the race next year! (yes, I need to be at work on Monday)  Lots of work goes into putting a course like this together so why not allow the bikers to take advantage of the ride before the runners show up? The biggest problem I see is that as popular as cycling is this could become as big an event as the Marathon itself! I hope the politics and egos can get together to allow something like this to happen without too many arrests and jail cells being filled.

dcc624
dcc624

I love bicyclist but to ride on a busy street, even in a dedicated bike lane is a blatant disregard for personal safety. Cell phones, cigarettes, gps device's and heavy traffic can contribute to your death. Please pay attention and when possible ride on the sidewalk, in the bayou on the concrete of course. Just be safe.

Chris Chang
Chris Chang

Critical mass. Leave it to them to make a bad name for us cyclists.

Zachary White
Zachary White

Too bad the weather is going to ruin the marathon.

Lisa Devereaux
Lisa Devereaux

And Barrio Dogs is a worthy cause to benefit! :-)

Kathryn Yvonne
Kathryn Yvonne

This looks like another opportunity for Critical Mass to make life worse for all of us who ride bikes around Houston. Per the usual.

Pipe
Pipe

There are many folks setting up water stations, live band set ups, and other volunteers that expect the course to be clear. What possibly could go wrong?

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@dcc624 Riding on sidewalks is illegal in Houston in areas where there are businesses along the street.

mtorres123
mtorres123

@Chris Chang this ride is not affiliated with CM, I only mentioned that I've been riding in CM for the last few years. Sorry for the confusion. 

mtorres123
mtorres123

@Lisa Devereaux  the name of the bikers organizing this race call themselves Barrio Dogs. I mistakingly assumed the race was benefiting the non-profit of the same name. the story has been updated.

mtorres123
mtorres123

@Kathryn Yvonnethis ride is not affiliated with CM, I only mentioned that I've been riding in CM for the last few years. Sorry for the confusion.

dcc624
dcc624

@Kylejack @dcc624 yes, I know. But I wonder how many cyclists are hit by cars. Seems there should be s safer way? We put bike right of wsys in too get federal money? Very little if any thought is given for rider safety.

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