The Ladd’s 500 bicycle relay race
Portland, Oregon cyclists seriously have serious fun
After two victorious laps in the Ladd’s 500, I got a flat. My riding partner fell asleep in the grass. So instead of racing, I took photos.
Organizer David Barstow Robinson exhaustively explained the Ladd’s 500 in the Facebook event:
It’s not a race, it’s a relay
500 laps of Ladd Circle is a century. Form teams of at least 2, switch riders at least 10 times during your laps, and turn left for a while. If you want to run it solo, bring two bikes so you can make your switches. Riders are responsible for accurately counting their own laps. Any bike is acceptable, but weirder is funnier. If you’re not riding, let’s party in the middle.
Rule 1 — We are allowed to be in the park, and we are allowed to ride on the road. If anyone feels otherwise, please be judicious in your diplomacy or find someone who is able to do so.
Rule 2 — You are responsible for the people around you. Call your passes. Don’t cause a wreck. Don’t be a dick.
Rule 3 — If you crash, get the fuck out of the way. If you’re helping someone who crashed, help them get the fuck out of the way. Don’t crash, dumbass.
Rule 4 — Try not to fuck with cars. This is not a closed course, share the right of way.
Rule 5 — Absolutely don’t fuck with pedestrians. Hitting a ped will result in a DQ.
Rule 6 — There will be a pit lane by the start/finish line for rider/bike switches. If you run through the pit at speed or cause a crash in the pit lane, you will be assessed (at the least) a 5 minute stop/go penalty before you may resume your laps. If you’re going to madison (if you don’t know, you aren’t), both riders must be outside the pit lane.
Rule 7 — Report your laps and time at the booth. Don’t lie or cheat, that’s stupid.
Rule 8 — As non-participants: don’t fuck with the riders, unless you know they have a sense of humor and think they deserve it. Even then, aim for annoyance rather than interference.
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