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Ride of the Century: St. Louis Cops Aim to Fight "Reckless Behavior," 2013 May Be Final Ride

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via Facebook / Ride of the Century
The upcoming Labor Day weekend plays host to numerous festivals and events, but Ride Of The Century is the only one the police are holding a press conference about. Videos of last year's ride drew enormous attention, from the dead-tree media to the social newsgathering site Reddit, which featured a helmet cam video on it's front page of a motorcycle rider breaking a police blockade like a bat out of hell.

The event runs August 30 to September 1, but this year the cops are making the first move to announce the "combined efforts" of the metro police department, the city of St. Louis, the county police department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol "to combat reckless behavior of motorcyclists during the 'Ride of the Century' motorcycle event in St. Louis," a press release states.

The release quotes St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Chief Sam Dotson decrying motorcyclists who "demonstrate incredibly poor judgement and hazardous behavior, putting not only themselves in danger, but risking the safety of law abiding citizens." A police spokeswoman tells Daily RFT that an invitation was extended to members of Streetfighterz -- "St. Louis' Original Stunt Team" -- the group that created Ride of the Century more than a decade ago.

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Brock Roseberry (syntheticaperture)

Daily RFT reached out to Streetfighterz, and Adam, a founding member of the group who requested his last name not be printed, says that police pressure on the event has gotten so intense that the 2013 Ride of the Century will effectively be the last ride of its kind in St. Louis.

"The Streetfighterz will continue," Adam says. "The Ride of the Century, maybe in its current format, has seen its final days." He stressed the point that Streetfighterz can't control what individual riders do, but the liability of fronting the event combined with police pressure has become too much. He says the group plans to send a representative to the press conference this afternoon.

Daily RFT will have more on this story soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, below are two videos of last year's Ride of The Century, and you can read the full text of the press release on the next page.

Continue for the full announcement from police officials.

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51 comments
Rodg
Rodg

ROC is an annual event that may disrupt your weekend commute for a half of an hour while a wheelie train gives you a free show. You're entertained by far less every other day of the year. STFU and continue to peasant about life fearing everything they feed to you including the ever terrible WHEELIE!!! Me and my 400 lb bike might break a window and leave a nasty dent and some blood on your door. You'll be fine.

racerscycle
racerscycle

JACO1175, YOUR A PUSS, HIDING PROFILE LITTLE TIT SUCKING SCUM BAG... POST YOU FACE MORON, I AM SURE THERE ARE A FEW BIKERS WHO WILL FUCK YOU AND YOUR MOM....PUSSY ASS LADYBOYLOVING BUTT FUCKER LOVING PUNK

racerscycle
racerscycle

RAY THOMAS, THREATING TO HARM A MOTORCYCLIST ON HERE WITH YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE POSTED????? MORON GOOD WAY FOR YOU TO GET BEAT DOWN HUH..

ALSO THOSE WHO DONT KNOW THE STUNTERS, SHUT THE F U C K U P... REALL THEY HAVE MORE CONTROL OF THEIR RIDING THAN YOUR ASS ON YOUR FONE TEXTING AND SHIT... SIT BACK AND WATCH THE SHOW

racerscycle
racerscycle

WHY DOESNT THIS LAME ASS NEWS REPORT WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW. COPS AT THE REDROOF IN, HAMPTON, TOWING ANY BIKE THAT IS WARM!!!! IF ITS NOT ON A TRAILER THEY ARE TAKING IT... SINGLEING OUT RIDERS AT GAS STATIONS FOR INSPECTIONS... THIS IS NEWS, REPORT THESE LAW VIOLATIONS......

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

nopi not unfair...........he is recklessly riding can endanger others

David House
David House

been two wheeling for 54 years....these guys make me sick, it's not just their lives they are putting at risk...not to mention that we others who ride have to deal with the cops these guys get so riled up....we all did this stuff in the dirt years ago...i'm not impressed

Nikita Sparkle LeeBomb
Nikita Sparkle LeeBomb

Street Bikers? Try everyone that isint some conservative, wally world piece of shit.

Andy Sims
Andy Sims

I'm not scared of them, but I have had way too many close calls while I am out trying to work. One of these days I'm going to be picking the guts of one of them out of my car and then paying vehicular homicide insurance rates for the rest of my natural life.

Patrick Gonzales
Patrick Gonzales

Stay out of my way on the freeway. I'm not swerving out of the way if you pull some stupid shit right in front of me.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

Very cool to see the stunts in a closed in area, not so much on I-55.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

I've been to Sturgis four times and the only thing the ROC has in common with Sturgis is there are a lot of bikes.   Comparing Sturgis to the ROC is like comparing a Neil Young concert to the Vans Warped Tour. 

netfree3
netfree3

this is no difference then Sturgus bike ride.....



Jeff Tiberend
Jeff Tiberend

Not if bikers are pulling tricks like that on public streets.

Adam Lange
Adam Lange

I am sorry but go play stunt boy in a parking not on the open road, people already hate or don't understand motorcycle riders to begin with. So stay off the highways. The cops have every right to act the way they do. I ride a motorcycle, I rode 1300 miles this weekend. Was I speeding maybe so, would I blame the police if I got pulled over, NO! Be responsible doing that shit down the interstate is a bad idea and should not be tolerated.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

if somebody is doing this next to me on the highway or a street,,,I WILL TAKE THEM OUT BEFORE THEY HIT MY VEHICLE !!!!

Drago N Hide
Drago N Hide

Parking lots and quiet streets. oh yeah its awesome to watch!

JP Doyle
JP Doyle

I must be the only one who isn't scared of guys on sport bikes. I think it's cool. I wouldn't do it but man it looks fun.

Drago N Hide
Drago N Hide

@andrew kettler no, the folks who do this have very good control for the most part. They just shouldn't be doing this shit in traffic.

Tyrone Tyreek Tyson
Tyrone Tyreek Tyson

I kinda hoping the police don't interfere. I do love watching people earn their Darwin Awards.

Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo

1. The police are just pissed cause they cant catch them...

Ken Mills
Ken Mills

Public roadways aren't playgrounds!

Kenneth Snyder
Kenneth Snyder

St. Louis can get tourism dollars other ways. These guys need to be kicked off the roads. They are a serious threat to public safety.

Andrew Kettler
Andrew Kettler

No, bikers who ride like this very rarely have control od their vehicle

Trent Bronson
Trent Bronson

What do you expect from a group that calls this the "ride of the century" and it happens every year?

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Not at all. I've been on the highway when one of these idiots pops a wheelie. If they crash not only are thy going to get killed or kill someone else

Justin N Rachel Hager
Justin N Rachel Hager

I say make St. Louis the street biker "Sturgis". It's $$$$$ the city could use. Don't waste the chance to capitalize on this.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

On private property or an empty parking lot, i see nothing wrong with it. On public roadways, NO WAY. The police are well within their rights to pursue the stuntriders. The riders have no "right" to break the law on public roadways.

Jerry Foster
Jerry Foster

no, they are a danger to all those trying to drive normally!

Tamara Terese Carey
Tamara Terese Carey

It's not unfair, it is warranted. Lots of them are doing exactly whats pictured, some of them are doing a lot worse. It halts traffic, people get hurt and it just creates problems everywhere they go. I have nothing against bikers, in fact I like them! But this is dangerous. If they were just endangering themselves, fine. It's their life. If they want it to end as a bloody mess on a highway, fine. But they endanger others who were just trying to get to their destination.

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

No, these are public roads. The laws need to be obeyed

Drago N Hide
Drago N Hide

Not if they do what's pictured - in traffic.

Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo

They need to be prohibited from operation on public roadways...called "careless and imprudent operation of a motor vehicle". Nothing more than a major traffic hazard endangering innocent people on the road.

snapper1978
snapper1978

@RiverfrontTimes how about the cops ramming bikes, they can say they dont as much as they do but that is a lie. You cant stop 3000 bikes

Glenn Taylor
Glenn Taylor

I've considered mounting a couple of six foot 2x4's on the truck. Leisurely drive down the interstate and see how good their " skillz" are.

Noah Alexander
Noah Alexander

There is probably a constructive solution here, but it's a little hard to control a bunch of idiots on sport bikes. Let's face it, they have probably been injecting the weed and worshiping the devil which combined with a machine that weighs under 400 lbs and has 180 HP, is downright crazy. 1. You could turn this into a charity based event where they close down the highway but everyone pays to do it. 2. Drones shooting missiles at riders would certainly stop the event in its tracks. Nobody has time for a missile attack. Nobody.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

yaa...let's shut down 170 for a few miles on the weekend to "attract" some business.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

these guys are douchebags when they cut in and out of traffic on the highway going 100 miles per hour.

Brian Wittling
Brian Wittling

Isn't there a track right across the river here that they can go and perform their stupid "stuntz" at, in a private controlled environment? Seriously people, there are ways to go have your fun and not endanger everyone around you...

Ryan Masters
Ryan Masters

Most of those riders deserve to get hit by a semi-truck.

Alex Carlson
Alex Carlson

The event isn't a problem per se, but the idiotic behavior like a group of riders blocking traffic on the interstate so some of them can stunt, or blowing through a police barricade, is obviously unacceptable for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately that sort of juvenile and dangerous tomfoolery happens at all sorts of motorsport-related events - even the middle aged rich guys with cars costing close to a million dollars will sometimes pull a burnout in traffic while leaving an otherwise sedate parking lot car show in a tony neighborhood. If there was a way to compromise, let the ride and gathering happen but contain the inevitable stunting and other dangerous behavior, the ROC could become a sportbike version of Sturgis. But I really don't see that happening unless the organizers as well as the authorities make it clear that such behavior is unwelcome and won't be tolerated. And the unorganized "outlaw/underground" nature of the gathering makes that compromise doubly unlikely.

Justin N Rachel Hager
Justin N Rachel Hager

Allow these people to come out and speed around and do tricks and spend their money. Market the event, not prevent it

nbortz
nbortz

@Ray Thomas And this post will be used in your trial when you are convicted of Vehicular assault or murder. This would be called premeditated kids. 


jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Andrew D'Angelo A bullet would catch them, the police should try it

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Justin Hager no thanks, how about the street bikers go fuck themselves instead?


jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Andrew D'Angelo yeah, those fuckers should be put down

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@snapper1978 @RiverfrontTimes and this is why you fuckers need to be stopped even if it takes bullets to do so. Fuck all of you.They should just run over you next time, peel out over your brainless head and charge your retarded next of kin the cost of the damage to the taxpayers property in doing so.

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