[ Yes, the misspelling is intentional, because there were no (fatal) wrecks. Hence, "wreckless." ]
The other weekend as I enjoyed a delicious meatball sub at Pennisi’s Deli in Sacramento with Raymond and one of his boys, I heard a crescendoing series of car honks coming down J Street.
“Watch this,” I told Raymond. “I bet that’s the MASH crew coming to town.”
I looked out onto J Street, and sure enough a group of about four riders in MASH kit flew down the avenue, running red lights and weaving through cross traffic.
These boys (and a few girls) had time trialed their way to Sacramento from the East Bay on their fixed gear bikes, riding the 70 miles in just over 3 hours.
I’ve done my share of crazy stupid riding, but these guys take crazy to a whole new level. The videos are kind of fun to watch, but when you see these guys doing it in real life it’s a little bit breathtaking. Every time I see them riding I fully expect to see blood on the street.
This video from San Francisco is a little more cringe-inducing than the usual, I think. It accompanies a story entitled “Rules Every Cyclists Should Know (And MASH Breaking Everyone of Them!).”
Maybe I shouldn’t post this video; I hope it doesn’t encourage more reckless riding, though, as far as I know, nobody has died on a MASH ride.
In other news, at least nine people died in separate car accidents in the state of California on Friday (when I wrote this story), so cyclists certainly don’t have a monopoly on stupid recklessness:
- The driver of a Ford Mustang and his passenger wiped out and took out a utility pole on Telegraph Road at Mills Avenue in Los Angeles.
- The 57 year old driver of a Nissan Altima lost control on southbound Highway 17 on Laurel Curve in Santa Cruz County and crossed into oncoming traffic, where he slammed into a Chevy Suburban, a Toyota 4Runner and an Acura Integra. CHP closed Highway 17 for three hours to investigate the crash and clean up the mess.
- Somebody hit a pole on Pacheco Boulevard in Pacheco (near Martinez).
- Sierra Highway near Palmdale was closed for over two hours after a fatal accident.
- Somebody driving recklessly lost his life after hitting the center divider on HIghway 99 in Stockton.
- A driver in a red car drove his car into the side of a mountain and died east of Temecula.
- Fatality after the vehicle rolled over near Pittsburg.
- Finally, somebody lost his life on Catron Drive in Oakland