Bike vs plane Carmageddon race, Wolfpack Hustle cyclists won over JetBlue Airways airplane

By on Jul 17, 2011 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States, World Comments

The so-called bike vs plane carmageddon race was held in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 16, 2011, which the Wolfpack Hustle cyclists won against a JetBlue Airways passenger plane.

Wolfpack A, Wolfpack Hustlecyclists after winning
Carmageddon race against a JetBlue Airways plane

Image Credit: John Carl Martin/

According to Los Angeles Times, the Wolfpack A, noted to be the elite among the Wolfpack Hustle elite cyclists, won convincingly against JetBlue Airways plane flight 405.

As noted on the report, Wolfpack A cyclists traveled from Burbank to Long Beach for 1 hour and 34 minutes and arrived at the finish plane when the plane just left the airport.

Earlier reports revealed that the bike vs plane race started as joke with a tweet by “Traffic” book author Tom Vanderbilt, as the 405 Freeway being closed for 53 hours starting Friday.

“I’d bet a good cyclist could travel BUR to LGB faster than Jet Blue.” Vanderbilt tweeted on Thursday, which JetBlue Airways has accepted the challenge of the Wolfpack Hustle cyclists.

Later, Santa Monica biker Gary Kavanagh started the idea on Twitter and was proposed to JetBlue Airways by Joe Anthony of Bike Commute News, who provided the timeline and the case study for the social media.

Real-time updates were posted on Twitter via hashtag #flightvsbike, while the LA Streets Blog used a GPS to follow the rare race event live, as the JetBlue Airways plane left at 12:20 p.m. (PST).

Meanwhile, the earlier rule was changed and the Carmageddon race started at 10:50 a.m. (PST), with Wolfpack Hustle cyclists departing from the Cahuenga-Chandler Blvd. intersection in North Hollywood.

The finish line of the bike vs plane race was also changed to the light house at the Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach; instead of the earlier agreed, the entrance of the Long Beach Airport.

The race distance is about 38.2 miles, with some local media and hundreds of spectators following the race event from start to finish.

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