I'm starting my training for Bayshore 70.4 and the Oceanside Ford Ironman and spend a lot of time riding this trail. This is horrendous...I'm reposting from a friend. Please be safe, aware, ride in groups and spread the word:
There's been a few bike jackings and beatings along the Santa Ana River Trail in the past few days. There was one back in October which happened at 6:30 pm, between McFadden and 1st Street. The rider was jumped & knocked down by one guy while three others took his bike & belongings and beat him. Things went quiet for awhile. Then last Monday night at 7:15 pm, a UPS driver who commutes from Huntington Beach to Anaheim was jumped in the same location. Three guys, same method. One tackled him while two others took his bike and belongings. Then on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm, a rider was knocked down by three guys at the 1st undercrossing. He was beaten and robbed of his bike, iPhone, and gear bag. His bike was a brand new Trek Madone. It seems these bastards use a spotter to ID expensive bikes and call ahead to tip off their buddies.
News of this is being covered on different bike forums. Please spread the word to people you know that ride the riverbed. This is so scary.