The Wolfpack Hustle annual Shortline Crit was held in Downtown Long Beach on May 3rd. The fixed-gear Men and Women’s race, presented by BICYCLIST sponsor and bicycle attorney Thomas Forsyth, is the second of three stages in the 2016 Unified Title Series. Elm Street, Broadway, Atlantic, and 1st Street bounded the rectangular course with aggressive turns that inevitably led to multiple crashes in the dim streets.
Spectators enjoyed the view from a pedestrian bridge crossing over the back side of the loop. Riders endured cracked pavement, bright lights, and dim straightaways as they circumnavigated the course for an hour, pausing multiple times to clear the way after cringe-inducing tumbles. Truly, a sport for the fearless, the finishers are as bold as they are strong.