Twenty five cyclists were cited for failure to stop at a stop sign on the Shootout bike ride Saturday morning.
Officers were stationed at Mission Road and Duval Mine Road. One officer shot the video you see above of the group approaching the stop sign.
The group of between 30-40 riders were participating in the “Old Man Shootout” which is a version of the original shootout that leaves 15 minutes earlier and is generally a little slower and smaller.
The video shows the front of the group stopping and cyclists toward the back slowing and rolling through as a group. At one point a vehicle approaches and several cyclists stop and wait for it to clear before proceeding. The video is shot from a distance that makes it impossible to see faces.
Jonathan McClaren was on the ride and emailed this account of the stop.
I was in the very front when we came to the stop sign on Duval Mine, and as usual the first few of us stopped, checked traffic, yelled out that it was clear, and carried on. The rest of the group, presumably, rolled through. No sight of the cops. Then as we came up on Continental there was a Sheriff’s deputy waiting that flagged us all down. Another deputy came down Duval from where we were, and at some point a third deputy showed up. The deputy, last name Pearson, instructed us all to pull off the road. He then informed us that we would all be receiving citations, some 40 of us, for failure to stop at a stop sign.
McClaren said it took about 40 minutes for the Sheriffs to process all of the riders.
Sheriffs stopped the group several weeks ago saying they had received “numerous 911 calls” about the group.
Check back for more when we get more information from participants and the Sheriff’s Department.