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Release Date: Jan 26, 2017

Registration Opens for Wednesday Night Spins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2017 
CONTACT: Angela Fox, 703-412-9430, afox@crystalcity.org

Registration Opens for Wednesday Night Spins

Weekly Parking Garage Bicycle Race Returns to Crystal City

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – Crystal City’s Wednesday Night Spins garage bicycle race series is back this March with a new location, more competition, adrenaline, and speed. Registration is now open for the popular race series hosted by the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Vornado/Charles E. Smith and In The Crosshairs.

The Wednesday Night Spins series challenges amateur and elite cyclists alike to compete for weekly prizes and points in pursuit of the Series Title. Those too timid for the saddle can still get in on the fun by watching the action and grabbing a drink at the wine and beer garden with select offerings from the Crystal City Wine Shop.

For additional entertainment value, the series closes with a fun and often comical cargo bike race as well as an even higher level of adrenaline with the fixed gear only race. New this year, Wednesday Night Spins will also host a Federal Employee versus Contractor race for major bragging rights in the nation’s capital.

Wednesday Spins aims to both support the cycling community by offering a weather-proof race option during an otherwise quiet period in the local race calendar, while also showcasing Crystal City’s plentiful parking supply.

To register or for additional information about the series, please visit www.crystalcity.org.

Event Details

The Course: The Wednesday Night Spins subterranean course is laid out within an empty parking garage. The route is designed as a criterium course (not a cyclocross race) - fast and dry with many turns and no dismounts. View a course map online.

Beginners’ Race Series (Cat5/Novice/Junior)
March 1, 8, 15, 22 (Finale)
6:30 PM
Details: The race is for the garage race beginners, novices and juniors. It’s the perfect way to get your adrenaline fix or warm up for the Open Race. Points are awarded each week with the series finale during week 4 (March 23).

Women’s Open Series (All Women/Junior)
March 1, 8, 15, 22 (Finale)
7:25 PM
Details: New for 2016 due to popular demand, this women’s only race is open to all experience levels. Points are awarded each week with the series finale during week 5 (March 30).

Open Race Series (All Categories Welcome)
March 1, 8, 15, 22 (Finale)
8:25 PM
Details: If you are an experienced racer, this is where you’ll want to compete. Expect intense speed and competition, but all categories are welcome. Points are awarded each week with the series finale during week 4 (March 23).

Beginner/Intermediate/Junior Open Race (All Categories Welcome)
March 29
6:30 PM
Details: The Beginner’s and Open Race Series Finales both end during week 4 to make way for the Cargo Bike/Tandem Showdown and the Fixed Gear Finale. The winner may still want to defend his title or the number two may be seeking a rematch in this combined Open Race.

Feds v. Contractors Race
March 29
7:25 PM
Details: Get your teams together for the first ever feds versus contractors relay race. More details to come.

Cargo Bike/Tandem/Bikeshare Showdown
March 29
8:00 PM
Details: Prizes, but most importantly, bragging rights are on the line. This 20-minute race is for cargo and tandem haulers only but will also include Bikeshare Parade Laps. Be prepared for special cargo carrying requirements in order to make the podium. This one is sure to be entertaining.

Fixed Gear Finale (Fixed-Gear Bikes Only. No SS Freewheel or Gears.)
March 29
8:25 PM
Details: If you are fixin’ for a real rush then the Fixed Gear Finale might be for you. Added by popular demand, this race is the only race of the series that allows fixed gears. No single-speed freewheels nor gears are allowed.

Where: Parking Garage - G4 Level @ 201 12th Street S., Arlington VA

  • .4 miles from Crystal City connection to Mount Vernon Trail
  • Blue and Yellow METRO Lines to Crystal City Station
  • Free parking after 4:00 PM in Crystal City garages (see map but beware of low clearance)

Admission: Free for spectators to cheer on the racers, cash bar, race registrations and fees can be found online.

Social Media: Like Crystal City on Facebook and interact with us on Twitter or Instagram. Select photos tagged with #crystalride, @CCBID and @cxhairs will be eligible to win great prizes.

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About the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID)
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is INNOVATIVE, ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit crystalcity.org.