FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2016
Spark Speed at Wednesday Night Spins
Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – Crystal City’s Wednesday Night Spins garage bicycle race series returns this March with 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 Crosshairs Cycling. Due to popular demand, this year’s series includes a Women’s Open Race and a Fixed-Gear Only Finale.
With the unpredictable weather and a quiet local race calendar, March is the perfect time for pre-season training at Wednesday Night Spins. The course is fast and fun for riders of all abilities. Participants in each race category compete for weekly prizes as well as the series title by earning points each week for top finishes.
Those too timid for the saddle can still get in on the fun in the lounge which features a wine and beer garden hosted by the Washington Wine Academy with great race viewing and drinks.
Wednesday Night Spins is also partnering with Bikes for the World and includes a drop off point for donations of bikes and cycling gear. Donations help support cycling programs and transportation solutions across the globe.
To register or for additional information about the series, please visit www.crystalcity.org.
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 2, 9, 16, 23 (Finale)
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 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Finale)
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 2, 9, 16, 23 (Finale)
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)
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.
Cargo Bike/Tandem/Bikeshare Showdown
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.)
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 @ 2345 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA
.25mi 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
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.
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.