The upcoming Jailhouse Race scheduled for June 15th has been forced to cancel due to an increase in the prisoner population at the Pitchess Detention Center. The 2012 edition was a favorite among racers and the SoCalCycling.com Team, who wrote about their experience at the inaugural event in 2012.
We received the following statement from Justin Shniderman of Serious Cycling explaining the cancellation:
Dear Racers and Race Fans,
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of the upcoming Jailhouse Race, scheduled for June 15th.
Budget cuts in the State have put increased pressure on local governments and as a result the prisoner population at the Pitchess Detention Center is at a level that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department can no longer accommodate our event. You may recall that we narrowly avoided this outcome last year. As a result we will no longer be using this location going forward.
We want to thank the staff at the Pitchess Detention Center for hosting us in 2012 and congratulate the winners from the one and now only Jailhouse Race.
We are diligently working on a new location, and the 2013 Race Calendar permitting, we will come back to you with a proposed Jail-break Race later in the summer!
In the meantime, we will be at the Barry Wolf Grand Prix again hosting the podium and the event.