Air Force Cycling Classic to Roll into Arlington

by Katie Pyzyk June 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm 4,081 21 Comments

(Updated at 1:55 p.m.) Thousands of spectators will line the streets of Arlington this weekend, as bicyclists roll through for The Air Force Cycling Classic.

This Saturday, June 9, the event kicks off with the Clarendon Cup, near the Clarendon Metro. There will be a number of races throughout the day for men and women of various abilities. There will also be a children’s event. On Sunday, June 10, the action moves to Crystal Drive in Crystal City.

Registration can be found online, and the schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 9

  • 8:00 a.m. — Men’s Masters Amateur Race
  • 8:55 a.m. — Men’s Elite Amateur Race
  • 9:55 a.m. — Women’s Elite Race:
  • 11:35 a.m. — Kids’ Race
  • 12:00 p.m. — Men’s Pro Race

Sunday, June 10

  • 7:30 a.m. — Crystal Ride
  • 11:15 a.m. — Kids’ Race
  • 11:30 a.m. — Men’s Pro Race
  • 1:25 p.m. — Women’s Elite Race
  • 2:30 p.m. — Men’s Elite Amateur Race (Category 3 racing license)
  • 3:25 p.m. — Men’s Elite Amateur Race (Category 4 racing license)

A number of roads will be closed for the races, and the Arlington County Police will be helping to direct traffic. Parking may be restricted in the affected areas, so residents should look for temporary “No Parking” signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. The closures are below:

Saturday, June 9, from 4:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Wilson Blvd from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Blvd
  • Clarendon Blvd from Washington Blvd to N. Fillmore Street
  • Washington Blvd from Wilson Blvd to N. Highland Street
  • Highland Street from Wilson Blvd to Washington Blvd
  • Garfield Street and Fillmore Street from Wilson Blvd to Washington Blvd
Sunday, June 10, from 5:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Joyce Street from Army Navy Drive to Columbia Pike
  • Columbia Pike from Oak Street to Pentagon South Parking (access to Pentagon, Eads and Fern Street)
  • South Gate Road, no access to Columbia Pike
  • Eastbound Washington Blvd at I-395
  • Westbound Washington Blvd from Memorial Bridge
  • Boundary Channel Drive
  • Crystal Drive from 23rd Street to Army Navy Drive- no vehicle traffic permitted northbound or southbound on Crystal Drive Access (will be granted to Clark Street from 12th Street)
  • 15th Street and Jefferson Davis Highway – no traffic permitted east of Jefferson Davis Highway. All traffic that comes east of Eads Street must use Route 1.
  • 18th and Clark Street – no vehicle traffic permitted eastbound towards Crystal Drive unless parking. All traffic will be detoured southbound on Bell Street.
  • 20th and Jefferson Davis Highway – no traffic permitted from Jefferson Davis Highway to 20th Street or to the access road that parallels Jefferson Davis Highway to the east.
  • 23rd and Jefferson Davis Highway – All traffic coming from or across Jefferson Davis Highway will be sent south on Clark Street. The normal lanes of traffic on 23rd Street coming from Crystal Drive will be used for the race route. Traffic coming from Crystal Drive on 23rd Street will be using the eastbound lanes.
  • Southbound Route 110 ramp to northbound I-395 will be closed until noon.
  • Southbound Route 110 from Rosslyn to S. 15th Street will be closed until noon.

Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser

  • marie antoinette

    This is a fun event. These cyclists fly around Clarendon.

  • dirty biker

    I just singed my wee dirty biker (3 y/o) up for his first race! No pedals. No fear. He’ll do well unless he gets distracted by… just about anything 😉

    • WeiQiang

      Dad has of course given wee-db a bollard avoidance tuturial, right?

  • Trev

    Commenting on cycling events is a tiny, odd subculture.

    • marie antoinette

      Trev, you gotta trust me on this one. It is just a cool thing to check out.

  • drax

    They’re so quiet too!

  • nom de guerre

    Arlington’s history of hosting professional bike races goes back to 1989 with the Tour de Trump (1989 and 1990) and the Tour DuPont from 1991 to 1996. Arlington hosted a stage in each of these tours that featured notables Greg Lemond and Lance Armstrong.

  • Corey

    Yet more street closures? Who’s benefiting from this inconvenience foisted on us and our kids, who have places to be this weekend?

    • Good Grief

      The Air Force, Arlington County, riders, spectators, local businesses in Clarendon and Crystal City. Its a pro-sport event in Arlington, enjoy it crankypants!

      • drax

        Corey is 100% satire.

      • Sarah

        Why should I enjoy it? It means no access to my building. And noise very early on a Sunday morning.

  • Clarendon Skank

    I like checking out their packages.

    • WeiQiang

      Are you TSA or something?

  • Ryan

    Hopefully the race organizers will impress on their volunteers that they should be considerate towards the residents who are giving up access to their homes to facilitate the event. Last year several of the course attendants/crossing guards on the 15th Street end of Crystal City were both slacking off and exceptionally rude to pedestrians. And with Long Bridge Park open this year traffic on that end of the neighborhood has increased.

  • Long & Faster RE Inc.

    Good lord. Weren’t these bikers just thundering around town the weekend before last? POWs, WE GET IT

  • barry

    Seen what shape Clarendon and Wilson boulevards are in? Are they racing mountain bikes? Hope so.

  • Matt

    If they use the same route as in past years, then the left turn from Washington Boulevard onto Highland street will be very tight because the construction zone has narrowed the road. Watch from there for the biggest crashes.

  • Julie

    So I can’t walk or ride my bicycle to shop in Clarendon all freakin day? That sucks.

  • MC


  • J M H

    The Ride event last weekend was motorcycles not Bicycles. Yes, streets are closed but this is for a good cause. Regarding rude representatives, not everyone is that way but you are right some bad apples in the bunch.

    If you have a chance, get out and see the event, I’m riding in the Crystal Ride for time and really look forward to it. It’s one of the few times we can ride fast and hard without worry of getting slammed by a car.

    Far as I know, even if the street is closed you can still walk it and if you need to get out with your car, once the cycles/riders have passed they are supposed to let you pass to the street that is open.

    Rider, have fun and see you out there.

  • J M H

    What a fun ride, I enjoyed it. This was my first ride of this type. I know I’m still on training wheels compared to most but here is my stats.

    46.6 Miles or 75Km in 2.46.56 hrs that is 3.15 min/mile I really wanted to go for the Gold but I knew better, I was smoked! I will train up to a metric, received some great advice from the more experienced riders. I only stopped once (water stop) that was about 5 min and slowed downs horridly on the fifth lap, so that took my avg MPH down from 18 to 16.5 or so. I want to hit 20mph consistently for 30 miles then work it up from there.

    All and all very fun, well ran and we thank the city and its residents for supporting this event. I have read here some get upset about these types of events but it brings in business and most are for great causes.

    1800 plus rider today, can’t wait to see the posted results overall.

    Enjoy the week!


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