Press Release

Release Date: Feb 28, 2019

Crystal City BID to Host Fifth Annual Crosshairs Garage Races

Media Contacts
Amanda Rubin Deveaux,, 212-843-8591
Justina Lombardo:, 212-843-8343


The Region’s Only Underground Bike Race moves to Saturdays in March

CRYSTAL CITY, VA – February 28, 2019 – The Crosshairs Garage Races will return to the underground parking garage at 201 12th Street South in Crystal City every Saturday this March. Registration opened on February 15th for the series, which has been held on Wednesday evenings for the last four years.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Crosshairs Garage Races has moved to Saturdays this year to accommodate its growing popularity,” says Tracy Gabriel, President and Executive Director of the Crystal City Business Improvement District, one of the sponsors of the series, along with JBG SMITH and Amazon. “This is a uniquely “Crystal City” event that highlights our commitment to cycling culture and our creative repurposing of underutilized parking.”

Crosshairs Garage Races challenges amateur and elite cyclists to compete weekly for points and prizes. Race categories are available for all riding levels including Beginners, Intermediates, and the Petty Cup Race for elites (including a women’s only field).

During the fifth week of the series, a more festive scene dominates with specialty races including Feds versus Contractors, the Cargo/Tandem/Bikeshare Show-Down, and the ever popular Fixed-Gear Finale. Unusual rides, tricked out bicycles, and crazy costumes are common and encouraged for this final Saturday in March.

In addition to the races, the event will feature a spectator section for those who prefer to take in the action from the sidelines, as well as a pop-up bar sponsored by Sierra Nevada serving refreshments and The Big Cheese serving up delicious sandwiches.

To learn more about the Crosshairs Garage Races, how to register and where to park, please visit

WHAT:           Crosshairs Garage Races 

WHEN:           Every Saturday in March from 4pm to 9pm

WHERE:         201 12th St. S, G4 Level, Arlington, VA 22022


Beginner Race (March 2, 9, 16 & 22): This race is for riders with no racing experience.

Intermediate Race (March 2, 9, 16 & 22): Better suited for mid-level and improving riders. It’s the perfect way to get your adrenaline fix or warm up for the Petty Cup races.

Women’s Petty Cup (March 2, 9, 16 & 22): This women’s-only race is open to all experience levels. Points are awarded each week, and the series finale is held during week 4 where the rider with the most points for the whole series will receive the Petty Cup.

Petty Cup Race (March 2, 9, 16 & 22): If you are an experienced racer, this is where you’ll want to compete. Expect intense speed and competition. Points are awarded each week, and the series finale is held during week 4 where the rider with the most points over the course of the series will receive the Petty Cup.

Beginner/Intermediate/Junior Open Race (March 30): All levels open race.

Feds v. Contractors Race (March 30): Get your teams together for the third annual Feds versus Contractors relay race.

Cargo Bike/Tandem/Bikeshare Showdown (March 30): Prizes — and most importantly, bragging rights — are on the line. In this 20-minute race ANYTHING goes: cargo bikes, tricyles, unicicles and bikeshares. This one is sure to entertain.

Fixed Gear Finale (March 30): If you are fixin’ for a real rush then the Fixed Gear Finale might be for you. Back by popular demand, this race is the only race of the series that allows fixed gears. No single-speed freewheels nor gears are allowed.



About the Crystal City Business Improvement District

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. As Virginia’s largest downtown, the Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard - Arlington area consists of 18.6 million square feet of office space in a mixed-use, walkable urban center that includes more than 32,000 residents, over 5,800 hotel rooms, and nearly 500 restaurants and shops. More than $342 million in public infrastructure investment and over $4 billion of private projects are in the pipeline over the next five years. The BID is supporting the exciting transformation of Crystal City through placemaking, public art, transportation, economic development, events, and marketing/promotion. For more information, visit