Commute Race in Santa Cruz California

Commute Race in Santa Cruz California

Post by natha » Fri, 21 May 2004 16:24:17


Yesterday, 4 unicyclists on 36" wheels competed in the annual Commute
Race in Santa Cruz, California. Scot Cooper was the official unicyclist
in the race, and Bronson Silva, Chris Hosmer and I rode along for fun.
The course is different every year and the race features various
different commute vehicles competing for the fastest time. The start and
end of the race are set and it is up to the individual racers to pick
the best route. We rode from City Hall in Scotts Valley to the end of
the wharf in Santa Cruz, a distance of a little over 8 miles.

For the first time this year, the car won. It was a BMW driven by the
mayor of Scotts Valley and he was lucky with the traffic lights and
parking on the wharf, right at the finish line. A cross bike and a
tandem were next, followed by the other bikes. Since the course was
mostly downhill, the first unicyclist finished 11 minutes after the last
bike - not impressive, but inevitable given the course. They promised us
an uphill course next year so we can get even. This year there were no
runners or people on public transportation as in previous years. Our
route included a VERY dicey crossing of 3 lanes of fast traffic to get
across the freeway, and a fun run pushing/carrying the cycles for 100m.

All in all it was good fun even if we did come in last. The Santa Cruz
Sentinel had an 'article on the race' (http://tinyurl.com/2fb43) and
I've attached a scan of it so you can see the photo better.

---Nathan

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Post by forget_your_lif » Fri, 21 May 2004 16:32:14

Quote:

> *

> For the first time this year, the car won. It was a BMW driven by the
> mayor of Scotts Valley and he was lucky with the traffic lights and
> parking on the wharf, right at the finish line.  *

luck? my ass..i sense a cheat.

this guy was the mayor?!?....he probobly had one of those infa-red
things that turn traffic lights green that ambulance's fire trucks
use.

i smell a rat.

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Post by qxhgoo » Fri, 21 May 2004 20:27:25

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Post by harpe » Sat, 22 May 2004 02:49:13

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Post by johnfos » Sat, 22 May 2004 03:05:31

Read the newspaper article. Note the mayor's quotes. The purpose of this
event is to promote alternate methods of transportation. This will be
especially attractive to people as our gas prices are at a high point.

Basically, I think the car is not supposed to win this race. But the
mayor of Scotts Valley (or anyone else) benefits from the car winning,
unless it's an ego thing.

If the unicycle ever wins, then I'm going to suspect some foul play...
:D

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Post by harpe » Sat, 22 May 2004 03:20:45

Nathan-

Let's see the mayor take his BMW down "Ladies Only" on the Northshore
trails.

Thanks for the article.

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Post by johnfos » Sat, 22 May 2004 03:27:39

CORRECTION!

"But the mayor of Scotts Valley (or anyone else) *DOES NOT* benefit from
the car winning, unless it's an ego thing.

Sorry, it was too late to do an edit on that.

Though cheating was possible, this would be a silly place to do it
(politically and otherwise). It's easy to smell a rat all the time. But
this leaves you going through life with rat-smell in your nose all the
time. Better to consider that cheating is possible, and consider whether
it would make sense. Then consider if you're helping the discussion by
bringing it up, or just casting a shadow over an otherwise fun event.

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Post by forget_your_lif » Sat, 22 May 2004 04:01:56

Quote:

> *Then consider if you're helping the discussion by bringing it up, or
> just casting a shadow over an otherwise fun event.

> In other words, being suspicious is fine. Being suspicious all the
> time is being paranoid; a mental health condition.

> *

gimmie a break.the only thing i cast was an opinion,my opinion.your the
one who is drawing conclusions as to what that may mean.

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Post by scot » Sat, 22 May 2004 04:26:30

Quote:

> *

> In other words, being suspicious is fine. Being suspicious all the
> time is being paranoid; a mental health condition. *

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you"

The race was more fun than competitive and I think everyone had a good
time.

I do recommend that they change the name to

CYCLE TO WORK WEEK

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Post by U-Tur » Sat, 22 May 2004 09:57:34

I took Jag's comment as pure fun and thought it was really funny.   To
me, it didn't cast any shadows on what appears to have been a good time.

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Post by myocardia » Sat, 22 May 2004 14:55:38

Scot and Nathan,

Great job guys!!! I took the 2 wheel route this year since I only have a
24 and pressed for time this week.  I agree with Scot on the issue of
renaming the event.  At our UCSB event, we had tandems, trikes,
recumbent trikes, and would have had a uni.

BTW.  Some friends of mine mentioned they saw you guys during this
'adventure' (http://tinyurl.com/3ghcj)  on their way home from San
Francisco on HWY 1.

Quote:
> Then consider if you're helping the discussion by bringing it up, or
> just casting a shadow over an otherwise fun event.

> In other words, being suspicious is fine. Being suspicious all the
> time is being paranoid; a mental health condition.

Interesting comment and a bit harsh don't you think?  'Marion Barry'
(http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/marion-barry/)  has already
proved that mayors make some strange decisions sometimes. :) I
personally thought Jagur's post was a humorous addition to an already
ironic ending to an event promoting cycling to work/school.

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