Dopers in the Hills

The bike is always interesting. Doesn’t matter if you’re riding, in a bike shop, or standing on a corner at the bottom of a hill with a stop/slow sign. As I wrote earlier, we spent at day at the Olympic View Road Race. In the morning, I corner marshalled turn 4 (directing traffic to protect the peloton).

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Bottom of a s-turn hill with a 180-degree turn.

While standing around waiting for the races to come through, a local approached to warn us about the dopers up in the hills on the other side of the course. After he left, a rusty Geo Metro going ludicrous speed turned past us toward the doper hills with a rather nappy-looking dude driving. Presumably he was on an important mission for dope that justified driving an ill-equipped car that fast.

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Lots of time waiting for bike racers and and considering various holding angles for the stop/slow sign.

Later, off the corner and warming up for my race, a car tumbled out of the those same hills driven by the most dopingest motherfuckas I’ve ever seen. They whooped and hollered at us, one without teeth, and reeked of weed. It was like a Hillbilly version of Cheech and Chong and there we were dressed like superhero cyclists in our race kits.

Funny for us and surely much funnier for them.


I was a corner marshall at a road race in Elma, WA a couple of years ago. The finish line was right at the never-completed-nuke-plant cooling towers, very creepy.

Anyway, during the race, which was on a Saturday morning I was holding a few cars at an intersection because the men’s pack was about to come through. A woman walked out of her house which was right at the intersection, got into her car, and then seemed shocked that I was standing there holding traffic. Never mind that I had been standing out front all morning doing this, or that we had sent notifications to all the nearby residents about the race.

She leaned out of her window and screamed at me, “SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO GET TO WORK YOU KNOW!” All of 30 seconds later the pack was clear and I let traffic go. She gunned her engine and was off.

Not 20 mins later she pulled back into her driveway, got out of the car and went back into her house, which she didn’t leave for the rest of the day. Must have been a short day at “work.”

Here’s a shot [of the cooling towers]( At a crit on Alki, we had to use our bodies to block a car once. The lady got arrested.

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