(KMOV.com) -- Thousands of motorcycle riders are expected in St. Louis this weekend for the Ride of the Century, but officials already say the event is off to a bumpy start. No one seems to want to host the event, so organizers plan on meeting in a small town in the Metro-East.
Police arrested 23 riders already for reckless driving near I-70 and Salisbury while 24 motorcycles were towed.
Last year’s event ended up shutting down streets and clogging traffic on the highway while riders completed stunts.
Residents in Columbia, Ill., are bracing for the bikers’ arrival, but event organizer James Vaughn said police are being unfair.
“I think they’re profiling riders,” Vaughn said, “I’m not going to say harassing, but they are profiling.”
Despite video showing last year’s event as bikers break traffic laws and pull dangerous stunts, Vaughn said he strongly encourages riders to obey the laws and most do.
Residents in Columbia said they don’t have a problem with the motorcycles, but suggest maybe a space with less population would be better for the event.
Organizers said they have looked for a place with a large parking lot where riders can do stunts off of streets.