Live! Follow the Race Between the Wolfpack and Jet Blue via GPS and Jet Blue Flight Tracker…

Thanks to Joe Anthony of Bike Commute News and Errin Vasquez of Frontage Roads for helping with the tech stuff last night. I’d wish Anthony luck on his race today, but LASB is $90 richer if he loses…

Streetsblog is proud to give provide some live coverage of today’s “bike vs plane” race between the Wolfpack Hustle and Jet Blue airways passengers Joe Anthony and Ezra Horne. On one hand you have six hard-core cyclists and some slick bikes. On the other hand, you have TSA, a Long Beach Taxi and an airplane that averages 500 miles per hour when it really gets going. Just a reminder, that if you want to bet on the plane, we’ll put up an LASB t-shirt against $20. You just have to let me know in the comments section before the race begins at 10:50.

The following map is a live stream from John Gabriel’s bicycle. Gabriel is joined by Jon Budinoff, Fabian Vasquez, Evan Stade, Stephen Andranian and Aram Dellalian. The map will go live whenever Gabriel turns on a GPS provided by Vasquez, which may or may not be when the race actually starts. You can also follow the fun on twitter by following Twitter hashtag #flightvsbike and accounts @bikecommutenews @wolfpackhustle @ohaijoe @ezrahorne for more updates as they develop



And in the other corner is Ezra Horne, Joe Anthony, a taxi and a Jet Blue Twin-Jet Airbus 320. Jet Blue doesn’t allow us to embed their maps, but if you click here, you should be able to follow the flight. If that link doesn’t work, you can check the flight status manually by clicking here and entering flight #405.

Check back later today, and we’ll let you know who won.

  • Beatenvalve

    The bikers arrived before the plane even took off!

  • Wolfpack reports a total trip time of 1 hour 34 minutes. The distance by bike (mainly along the LA River) was about 40 miles, for an average speed of over 25 mph.

    Garyridesbikes walked to the North Hollywood Metro station, and took the subway and the Blue Line to Long Beach, arriving about 2 hours later. Over 30 minutes of that time was walking (the start point and end points were both about 3/4 of a mile from the nearest train station). If Gary used his bike for the first and last mile, he would have been only 2 or 3 minutes behind Wolfpack.

    As of 1:35 pm (2:45 after the start of the “race), the guys who took the plane have disembarked and are in a taxi, but not yet at their destination. It looks like the bikes would have won even if the race was airport to airport!

  • Okay, “@ohaijoe & @ezrahorne have arrived! 1:41p” It took them 2 hours and 51 minutes, door to destination. They might have been able to cut that down to a minimum of 2:21 if they had left home at the last possible minute, but that’s the best they could have done. The flight boarded at 11:50, so it took almost 2 hours just from the time of boarding, to get to the destination! The plane didn’t stand a chance.

  • Anyone know how long the flight was in the air (departure to arrival)? I’d like to do some math.

  • Gate to gate it was 46 minutes. The actual time was probably shorter due to taxiing, waiting to take off, etc. What would be interesting would be driving (under 60 minutes, even counting parking time) or private plane (no security, take off when you get there).

  • Gate to gate it was 46 minutes. The actual time was probably shorter due to taxiing, waiting to take off, etc. What would be interesting would be driving (under 60 minutes, even counting parking time) or private plane (no security, take off when you get there).

  • Pspsup

    total air time was 12 min wheels up 

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