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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #313 - The Koreatown Crit

08.19.15

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives
for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities,
and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm
at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.

On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- playgrounds, pool halls, bowling alleys, karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

Furthermore:
- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light
- victory donuts!

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This week:

The Koreatown Crit


On the heels of Wolfpack Hustle’s Civic Center Crit, The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time is pleased to announce that we are hosting our own criterium this Wednesday, the inaugural Koreatown Crit.

This is not a race.

It is an experiment in critical reflection upon space, using repetition as a means to foster shifting modes of attention and perception. Riders will circle a relatively short, fixed course of active roads and passageways of variable convenience. As laps accumulate, so too will information about the spaces through which they pass. And as the terrain becomes more familiar, riders shall, one imagines, begin to recognize that, although the route remains the same, the places visited are ever-changing — place being a function not only of space but also time. Each loop will present its own unique set of situations and experiences. Or maybe it will just be boring. (Boredom, however, also contains the potential to be enlightening.)

This is not a race.

Nor is it a commentary or critique upon racing. Rather, it is an appropriation of some of the forms of a race while supplanting its logic with our own. Or, put another way, it is a misuse of a race. It does not challenge the race but attempts to redirect its energies. It asks, What if we raced like an alien? Like an artist? Like a tourist? Like a child? What if we mistook the race for a technique for knowing space, for knowing the city?

(3-mile course, repeated as many times as necessary; mild inclines and inconveniences along the way)

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