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ride of century risk

At least 2000 bikes took part in the infamous tradition that takes place every September in this area and made its way down 270 across the bridges again, but unlike the past three years it did not appear that any mainline incidents happened in the area. (Note that incidents may have happened elsewhere along the ride but there was nothing between Route 3 and Lilac.)

There may have been an alleged fight that happened further into North County

But when one of the admins checked on the 270 mainline after the ride came through there were no obvious signs of any other incident of note:

What did show was westbound hosed up from Route 3 all the way to Lindbergh, even after the last bike had taken the ramp to southbound 170.

When it came to the stunt show, while there were ATV and wheelies, there was nothing outrageous or shocking.

Unlike the past couple years, however, there was a lot more media coverage about this event, possibly the most amount it has gotten since 2013.

UPDATE 9/25/18 at 02:51 – there was additional news media coverage on all three TV stations on Monday and all were mentioning incidents in the downtown area.

UPDATE 9/25/18 at 14:10 – Starting to see more videos surface on social media. I’m also starting to see media from across the country make posts about the ride, but the only portion of the ride that is making the headlines is what happened near downtown St. Louis.


Just like every September, we have to warn everyone of an infamous tradition that tends to go down this section of 270. I much rather not to make a post about it, but as long as the tradition continues, this topic is still necessary to bring up on a annual basis. This ride has been going on for almost 20 years now and it is expected to bring at least 1500 to 2000 motorcyclists. Some of them will be making poor decisions during the ride.

What is shown below are some of the antics they pulled last year. I personally drove through 3 accident scenes on 270 last year during the event. If you must use westbound 270 from Route 3 into North County on Saturday afternoon, I suggest you do it at your own risk and expect delays.

That is just what happened on the canal bridge.

Nothing from last year that popped up on social media went viral, but it only takes one epic fail caught on video or one sinister stunt for that to occur.

On the afternoon of 9/16, expect at least 1000 motorcycles to make their way on WB 270 from Route 3 through North County as the infamous annual ride known as Ride of the Century makes its return.  The organizers keep the exact route details under wraps but almost every year that this event is run they have used this section of 270. (2013 was an exception due to the weather.)

If you are wondering why this post has to be made every year, it is not about giving these people attention – its about warning the people that use this section of 270 about the illegal acts that they may engage. We have not seen any sideshows or rolling freeway shutdowns up here in the past years, but we have seen incidents and a lot of wheelies.

Speaking of incidents, this one last year still grinds the gears a bit:

This video is from two years ago

What you should expect:

  1. Rolling mainline closures anytime between 13:00 to 17:00 on Saturday.  The exact time they cross will be random but in past years it was between 14:30 to 15:30.
  2. People involved in the ride will be making poor decisions.  With at least 1000 motorcycles involved there will always be “that guy” moments.
  3. Professional stunt bike riders will likely be in the front of the pack.
  4. Heavier than normal police enforcement – Saturday has been a major speed trap enforcement day on 270 in recent weeks – don’t be surprised to see bears in the air.

If you get caught up, give these riders the right of way but do not pull over.  Most of these riders will be making use of the shoulders.

NOTE: some of the incidents that will be mentioned actually happened LAST WEEK but with two of the admins being out of the area for most of that week the focus was on Ride of the Century related stuff. 

First here is the video relating to the Ride of the Century that has pissed off the admins so much that it is worth posting it again:

Warning: video contains a lot of profanities.  Please watch with caution.  If you been wondering why Ride of the Century related stuff have to be posted every year, this video is a good reason why.  It is not about giving those crazies the attention: its about warning the truckers that are not familiar with this section of 270 about the stupidity that comes with this event.  One of the incidents that happened on 270 further into North County narrowly missed a tractor-trailer.

Ever since last week started, the evening peak has been anything but smooth sailing.  Last Monday one of the admins stumbled upon this incident on the way home from a work-related function:

It caused the eastbound lanes to back up to 367 and takes nearly 45 minutes to clear. It was just the beginning of a long night despite the fact one of the admins had a very early bedtime due to work:

While this incident did not impact the mainline, it caused ramp closures at Riverview and it was not until midnight before it cleared.

Two days later another eastbound peak hour incident took part near the canal bridge, and around the same time an westbound incident allegedly happened:

The traffic delays went back to 367 on the incident near the canal bridge, and it appeared that the live feed camera at Lilac was suggesting an alleged secondary incident that went unconfirmed.

If the new week was to be an improvement, it wasn’t:

The admins missed this one due to work related reasons but this one was westbound.

Today’s livechat on STLToday brought yet another question regarding the ramp from 270 to Riverview.  That ramp from Riverview to EB 270 is very dangerous and one of the admins knows that ramp very well.  Our pro tip is to come to a stop at the very top of the hill (but still on land, do not stop on the bridge) and wait for an opening and get on the mainline as quickly as possible.  Any countermeasure for this ramp is years away and probably will not occur before IDOT doing something about the river bridge.  However, developers have upped the ante in recent months, MoDOT resumed their North County study, and IDOT started their own study earlier this year.

Regarding the recent trend of crunch time starting as early as 06:30 up in North County, one of the admins have confirmed that.  The reason why it slows down at 367 is that the ramps between Old Halls Ferry and West Florissant is poorly designed and any incident at that time of the morning can back up traffic to the canal bridge.  270 up in North County is also hilly, so sight lines do have a role in the problems.  367 is also when all the Clark Bridge regulars get on 270.  There are Facebook groups out there that check traffic status on 367 and 270, so please make use of those groups.

As of 9/22, the admins are still camping social media for footage of alleged incidents that happened.

The footage posted on YouTube is not very long, but highlights a danger that the admins feared could happen for a long time.

You may want to go through the video from the 1:56 to the 2:05 mark over and over, it is that short.  The person operating that motorcycle was a very lucky person. We wished there was a better video of this incident out there.

This subsequent video showed an possible impact that it allegedly caused, and possibly hinted there was more than one incident:

This footage goes from 26:40 to the 33:00 mark. Around the 31:10 mark you will notice the riders coming to the stop, and it happens a second time around 32:45 before they get off the bridge. In between the two moments is a dangerous wheelie being performed by another rider.

UPDATE 9/26/2016 at 19:22 – This video has since been uploaded to YouTube and it confirms 2 incidents on the river bridge from the event.  The shocking part: both incidents happened within minutes of each other.  (The admins could not believe the footage even after seeing it.)

Below are images and videos of other footage found on social media.

This one had a near miss on Route 3 just before 270.

The next one happened just down the road in North County:

This also happened in North County but on 170:


A photo posted by Guru Khalsa (@gurustunts) on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:53pm PDT

It was announced last month that the date of the infamous tradition called Ride of the Century has been set at 9/17 during the afternoon hours.  While some of the details of the ride is kept secret it has been known that this event has utilized this section of 270 between 170 and Route 3 in recent years. This is an annual ride that has gone on for the past sixteen years and is always held in the month of September.  The most likely timeframe of the ride itself is between 13:00 to 17:00.  If you use this section of 270 on Saturday, please make wise decisions and be prepared to encounter delays.

The weather for the event on Saturday is not expected to be favorable, as there is a chance of scattered storms in the picture. The reason why we are adding the weather forecast is simple: there has been past rides that the weather forced them to change their route or push back the start, and the 2013 ride was affected by the weather (severe storms in North County pushed the riders to stay in South County and away from this section of 270).


The intent of the post is meant to warn the truckers and the normal people that would not suspect a large group of motorcyclists on a normal basis.  The group that takes part in the Ride of the Century is not your run of the mill motorcycle club event, and they are not escort riders that take part in the Patriot Guard.  (Similar to what you saw on 162 and Maryville Road in Granite City last month.) The group that does this event are professional stunt bike riders and they almost always film their rides for the purpose of making viral videos. This ride has drawn at least 1000 bikers every year for the past several years and has drawn media coverage in the past.

Below are videos of what happened last year that we didn’t post after the ride. Please note that all these acts on public highways are considered illegal and should never be attempted.

The ride last year caused at least two incidents on 270 up in North County and previous rides have not gone incident free.

DISCLAIMER: Ride of the Century is an annual event done in September – the actions that some of the riders do are illegal and should never be attempted.  This ride even draws the professional stunt bike riders to take part.  This post was made to warn the truckers and normal people about this event and the potential dangers.

To start, we will show the video one of the admins shot with the cell phone of the MoDOT live feed camera as the ride made the way across the bridge around 14:35 on September 5:

While this video does not do justice, there are riders popping wheelies and other showboating actions, especially from the ones at the front of the pack.  Despite the quality of the camera, this has been a popular post with over 200 shares.  After spending two days camping social media for videos and photos along with the other admin, the videos will be shared below. (The other admin is going through his own footage from the ride and has not released anything at this time.)

Most of the videos currently out there right now are either poor quality or where shot from the rear of the pack.

This video skip to the 7:30 mark, as the riders begin to make their way on 270 from Route 3.  There is a blue minivan taking photos with all the side door and rear trunk door open at some point in this video, which is a very unsafe practice.

This one is not a good quality, and it appears that the riders were at the rear of the pack of approximately 1000 bikes.

Instagram, however, had a couple good photos of the showboating going on:

The last one was disturbing, with an incident at Lilac involving a botched wheelie.  This just underscores on how dangerous the ride is, given the large number of tractor-trailers that use this section of 270. While there is no other large scale stuntbike ride that use this section of 270 like the Ride of the Century, it is possible for the rest of the motorcycle season to encounter small groups of 2-10 riders pulling off dangerous tricks.  (Last year one of the admins caught two bikers in the act of pulling off wheelies but was not able to get photo proof.)

Update 20:14, 9/9/15: Additional footage is now coming in and it is very shocking. (Also corrected embedding errors with Instagram posts, it should view properly now.)

That post has been trending on Instagram for the past day.

It is not as shocking as this:

Another view of the same stunt:

The rider in those two images is a professional with past stunts on 270 down the road in North County earning over million views on YouTube.

Edit 22:25 9/26/15:  Additional footage has been released on YouTube this week.

That image is of the rider that crashed just west of the Lilac Exit based on this YouTube video below:

Before the YouTube video of one of the big stunts is revealed, there is another Instagram post that needs to be shared:

This video been slowly gaining a lot of views in just the past week since it was released. NOTE:  This girl is a professional stunter.

This weekend, being an holiday weekend, usually means that the Illinois State Police will be out in large numbers enforcing the traffic laws. Because it is now September, the weekends means the potential for large groups of motorcycles taking part in the infamous event called Ride of the Century.  This evening, one of the known participants confirmed the date to be 9/5, but did not give time, location, or any other details as the organizers have kept a lot of the information under wraps.

What is not a secret, however, is that the majority of the annual rides have opted for this section of 270.



Some of the videos that featured sections of 270 further into North County which we are not sharing have gotten over 1M views on YouTube. The ride in 2010, which we are not sharing any footage due to the offensive nature of the clip, involved alleged flashing on the canal bridge.

The motorcyclists will travel in large groups of at least 1000+ and will cause delays when they come. This ride has gotten media attention in the previous years.

The good news is that August did not yield any major incidents, but September has not gotten off to a good start during the morning peak periods:

The monitoring of the account of the morning peak has been spotty the past two weeks – one of the admins that normally wakes up around 06:00 is now dealing with a later than normal wake up time due to an injury and is unable to drive at the present time.  Due to this send any tweets to @y98lance or @ontimestl as this account is not monitored 24/7 (if there is an serious accident you may also send tweets to @foxtrafficdiva).  The people that do tweet the conditions are not always able to do it instantly due to cell phone driving laws that are in place, and sometimes are done on a delay.  Someone just mentioned on Facebook that the google traffic maps are sometimes inaccurate, so please check the live feed camera for 270/Riverview as MoDOT has gotten that feed back up – before you make that trip.

First, there was an incident on the river bridge during the morning peak:

This morning did not get off smoothly, as 2 vehicles collided on the river bridge.  Although the incident was cleared within 20 minutes, the traffic backed up all the way to Route 111.

Roc2013This weekend is the annual Ride of the Century put on by the stunt group Streetfighterz, and the ride will be on Sunday.  The rides in previous years all went across the river on 270, and has been known for its open highway stunting.  While this group keeps their planned route a secret, this event has drawn media attention last year and is likely to get such attention this year.

There will be traffic impacts when the ride occurs Sunday, usually between 14:00 to 18:00, but can occur anytime during the day as riders see strength in numbers.  Since the riders will do dangerous tricks, it is probably wise to give the group the right of way during the ride.  The editor will monitor the live feed cameras during the time of the ride and will attempt to post a Facebook post if the riders start making their way across on 270.  Last year there were over 4000 bikes taking part in this event.

Related:  Crotch Rockets invade this Saturday, Ride of the Century 2012 stunting did happen, final #ROC2012 post

This video please fast forward to the 3:00 mark for the stunting on the canal bridge.

There was an video that had an alleged flashing incident during ROC 2010 but it is not on YouTube at this time.  It was on the last Streetfighterz DVD and I will not go into details except it happened on the canal bridge.

The video with the Texas couple is now trending in the St. Louis area, making the 5PM and 6PM news as police release their ROC 2012 numbers.  It didn’t take long for comments to pop up on the KTVI page regarding these stunts, especially when one of their reporters on the story has been following via Twitter for quite some time.  There has been additional videos and photos of the duo popping up on Facebook and YouTube from various riders.

Now, its time to move on from this and get back to the seriousness of why this site exists in the first place.  Everyone knows that the section between Route 3 to Lilac on 270 is very dangerous on any given day as is and the construction going on at the canal bridge doesn’t help matters.  One little issue can cause traffic to back up for miles if it happens during the wrong time of the day – and sometimes bad things happen as a result.  Feel free to read the links on the side of the page to learn more about the issues.

The canal bridge striping scheduled today was rained out and no new date has been announced at this time.  However, IDOT did release some work that will happen on Route 3 at 270 on September 21 and 24 during daylight hours.