Friday, October 21, 2016

Amgen Tour of California: That was quick

Winner Robert Gesink in the lead as riders travel through Echo Park. Photo by Scott Fajack

Champion cyclists from around the world raced down Sunset Boulevard through Silver Lake and Echo Park this morning during the last leg of the Amgen Tour of California.  The pack of riders, which were headed to Downtown Los Angeles after starting in Beverly Hills, glided quickly on Sunset Boulevard, which had been closed off to traffic for a few hours. In fact, the whole thing was over in far less than five minutes,  including a long trail of support vehicles and police escorts.  “Well, that was a very short race,” said one small boy who had been standing on the sidewalk.  Robert Gesink (pictured above at the head of the pack above) of the Netherlands emerged as the winner.

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  1. I’m not sure what time the cyclists went by, but when I was down at Sunset around 10:30 a.m., the street were still all blocked off — but quite a few cars were driving along Sunset anyway.

    I saw that the driveway entrances to the stores had been tapped off to traffic by that yellow tape, but people had torn that down and left it on the ground at most of the stores. Cars were entering the stories’ parking lots from the side streets, and exiting from the Sunset entrance onto Sunset!

    At Hyperion and Sunset, someone had torn down the yellow tape that blocked the street — and all the traffic coming down Hyperion was turning onto Sunset.

    Clearly, drivers were none too happy about the street being closed! I don’t think all those drivers who went driving down there even realized the street was closed until they got there.

    I will say, this was not publicized as well as it could have been. I never saw any signs posted in the area in advance to alert people. If people didn’t watch the TV news, or maybe read the paper (or Eastsider), they didn’t know. Many of the people probably drive along there nearly every day, but there were no signs to alert them in advance.

    For other events, there also are normally signs posted far back on the side streets alerting drivers of No Through Traffic, and pointing to a detour. Not this time, none of that around my area. So the cars got to Sunset — and then the drivers got mad and found a way onto the street anyway!

  2. There were multiple sandwich board signs for at least a couple days all along the MIDDLE of Sunset. So…you’re an unobservant driver?

  3. I believe Gesink is actually the second rider in the photo – wearing the yellow jersey.

  4. I saw MANY signs in the part of the road to be closed a day or so before the race. You couldn’t miss them. Maybe there should have been signs on other parts of Sunset, too.

  5. Nope, no 41 (under seat) is Mr. Gesink

  6. it was great haivng the streets closed to cars all morning. I as well as many others, rode bikes, skates and stake boards for a few hourse before the cops said to clear the streets because the “real” bikers were on their way.

  7. Sunset had signs, but they really need to put signs on all streets that are affected. Franklin was a nightmare.

  8. Awesome photo! thanks, Scott!

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