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Cyclists test patience of police on Boston Marathon route

Before racers on foot and by wheelchair and handcycle take to the Boston Marathon route, they will be preceded by another parade of athletes: cyclists, who wake up Monday morning to ride in informal groups from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

But those cyclists often flirt with early-morning road closures, sometimes streaming through the course after police officers have proclaimed roads barred to traffic.

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