I was out the other day getting in 4 intervals of 5 mins in Z4. As many of you know, this is sometimes a quick visit to the pain cave, or at least you get close. So my coach had me ride out to the Marin Headlands with a warm up and then out for some slightly up hill efforts. There are no houses, no services and usually no people (including ones in cars). As I got ready for my third effort I set out, hit my target pace and climbed the grade around 12-14mph. About halfway into the interval I pass a smallish intersection with a stop sign - because I was in the middle of nowhere, I didn't because you don't stop in the middle of an interval - it's like stopping a sneeze, you really just shouldn't. As I pass the sign apparently the park police took note and fired up the sirens in hot pursuit. As I stated before, I was in the middle of an interval and since I didn't stop for the stop sign in the middle of nowhere (not an excuse, just a fact) I certainly wasn't going to stop for the park ranger with his siren on until I was done (probably not the best idea). I just kept going pretending my iPod was too loud to hear (it's not like you can listen to Motely Crue live on 2, it's got to be on 11) him and pushed up the hill. When I was done and after he had made it clear that I was going to be run off the road if I didn't stop - I stopped. He then used the mr. microphone to tell me to move up to the next road where it was safer, so I rode up ahead and pulled over again.
Both officers approached me as I was still recovering from the effort - my HR still in the 160s. For their safety, they had their hands on their sidearms as they got close enough and asked why I didn't stop at the stop sign, I said 'I was in the middle of an interval'. Wrong thing to say.
He asked for my driver's license and when I said that on my bike didn't carry it but provided them with all of my information. They responded and gave me a ticket. He then spent the next 5 mins explaining to me how a federal warrant could be issued for me if I didn't pay it. blah blah blah. I put my iPod headphones back in and waited for him to stop.
By this point, there were a dozen cars stopped to see the reason why his lights were flashing and what was causing such a stir on the side of the road. A number of drivers actually shouted support told the officer that there were bigger issues to deal with (apparently my red, white and blue ZteaM kit looked harmless to them).
The officer finally gave me my copy and said I was free to go, 15 mins later.
I was annoyed by my silliness and for not simply being issued a warning.
Oh yeah, it was $100.