(Photo courtesy of velonews.com)

As runners participating in the prestigious Los Angeles Marathon were just starting to rouse for their big race in the early hours of a Sunday morning earlier this month, the city’s underground cycling community was already several beers deep, celebrating the victors in their own event along the same 26.2-mile route.

Men’s geared winner and overall champion Evan Stade crossed the finish line of the pre-marathon cycling event — officially known as the LA Marathon Crash Race — at around 5:15 a.m., followed closely behind by fixed gear rider Craig Streit.

Geared rider Jo Celso topped the list in the women’s category, followed by Beatriz Rodriguez — another geared rider.

Riders had gathered for the mixed gearing race before dawn, at around 4:20 a.m. — hours before the official start of the footrace, when police had just begun closing off traffic along the majority of the marathon route.

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