Cyclists Challenge JetBlue Amid 405 Freeway Closure

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A group of bicyclists, who call themselves Wolfpack Hustle, are challenging JetBlue’s special $4 fare between Burbank’s Bob Hope International Airport and Long Beach Airport to a cross town race.

Don Ward, the founder of the group, told CBS2’s Rita Garcia that the airline was kind enough to give them a ticket on the airliner’s #OverThe405 program for Ezra Horne, who will document everything from the sky.

“I almost feel like the plane is gonna be taxing and loading longer than it’s gonna spend in the air,” Race Organizer Gary Kavanagh said.

Although Kavanagh is the cyclist behind this challenge, Fabian Vasquez is the one who will cycle the nearly 40-mile stretch.

“If you told me last week that I was gonna race a jet, I’d honestly laugh,” Vasquez said.

The challenge, which is a 40-mile ride versus a 20-minute flight, will have cyclists playing it safe on bike paths along the Los Angeles River.

Initially, the competition was all about having fun but some companies have actually come forward and are offering up prizes to the winner.

  • fed up

    That’s all well and good for this group, but not everyone can just jump on a bike and ride from point A to point B. Mothers with their kids? No. Handicapped? No. Elderly? No. Someone who needs to carry alot of stuff with them? No. Another well written story, by the way. NOT.

    • Karen

      Lighten up fed up. By the way, the cyclist won – that’s what I heard on KNX 1070 anyway.

    • jj

      Fed up with what? It’s all for fun. By the way, I’ve seen mother’s run marathons (26.2 miles) pushing their kids on a stroller. I’ve seen handicapped and 75 year old individuals complete Ironman triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of cycling and 26.2 miles of running). If they can do it, ANYONE can.

    • kp

      Actually the disabled can and do quite often “jump on a bike” … it’s called a hand cycle.

  • Ray

    Get a life.

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  • joe

    I am a father with a 3 year old, I bring her to preschool by biike. She not only loves it but the other children that go there get so excited when I roll up. This race is not to prove that People can do anything on a bike (I believe they can), but if this kid can beat a plane you can go to the park on your bike. I also use my bike trailer to do laundry at the laundry mat for a family of 3. You can do anything you can put your mind to.

    To correct you, I do know personally 2 handicapped people that ride and are damn good riders. One man is a vet that lost his leg and he amazingly is one of the best cyclists I know, Another lady is a 50+ lady with one hand that does 20 mile rides on her electra beach cruiser 2 times a week.

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  • khus

    who cares…..just stay home or take the street havent you heard of a GPS????
    Get over it…

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