STOP Signs

Nobody that I know likes them very much.  My Dad used to run every single one.  He would run a STOP sign right in front of the cops.  He just couldn’t help it somehow.  I watched him get stopped and popped three times in less than a week once.  I guess tickets were a lot cheaper then.

When was the last time you saw somebody STOP at a group ride?  Try that in SoCal and you will get run over for sure.

But the EC has to think about STOP signs a little differently.  Sometimes local citizens see our event and would like nothing more than to make us go away.  Sometimes, those are offduty CHP officers, or County Supervisors, or US Forest Service Park Rangers in those ordinary looking cars.  They see one rider run one stop, and right away they figure we are all doing it.

The EC has to agree to do certain things to get governmental agencies to issue us permits.  We have to promise that YOU are going to obey the California Vehicle Code.  CVC allows bicycles to be treated like any other vehicle on the road.  Yay!  This is often not well  understood by folks, so they think you are breaking the law by being in the road at all.  You already know this.  When they call the CHP or the Sheriff (or when they ARE those people), not much will come of it.  We have the right to the road, just like they do.

But when you run the STOP sign onto US395 (FOUR chances at this, two each day), or anywhere else, and they complain, it makes all of us look very bad indeed.  I know what you are thinking.  If you know the course, you know that one turn onto 395 happens after Stage 1 is over.  Guess what?  You are STILL bound by the rules.  Check USAC Rule 1B2.

So STOP at the STOP signs already.  Everybody else will have to STOP, so nobody will be able to get ahead of you because you had to STOP.

Bishop Amateur Radio Club will be on the course both days, helping us stay up to date on the things happening elsewhere on the course.  In the past, it has been a mystery what was going on at Aid Stations, where the first/last riders were, etc.

Next time you watch natural disaster news coverage, look for the radio operators.  Typically when power lines and cell towers are out, amateur radio is the only thing working.  So these folks are skilled, they are well equipped, and they stay in practice by doing things like the EC.

You might not know that most USAC MotoRefs are FCC licensed amateur radio operators.  A whole lot more serious than, say CB radio.  Every operator has a call sign, used to identify the operator during calls.

Here’s mine: K1ECR.

Yeah, like Everest Challenge Radio.

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