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Crystal City Parking Garage to Host Bicycle Races Next Month

by Andrew Ramonas — February 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Wednesday Night Spins (Photo via Crystal City Business Improvement District)

Tandem bicycle riders, fixed-gear aficionados and other cyclists are set to have the chance to race inside a Crystal City parking garage next month.

The “Wednesday Night Spins” indoor race series in the garage at 2345 Crystal Drive is scheduled to kick off March 2 for bicyclists of all abilities, without restrictions on bike types.

According to the Crystal City Business Improvement District, the races include:

  • Beginners’ Race Series (Cat5/Novice/Junior)
    March 2, 9, 16, 23 (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 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (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 2, 9, 16, 23 (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).

But those aren’t the only races. In addition to the Women’s Open Series finale, the other March 30 competitions include:

  • Beginner/Intermediate/Junior Open Race (All Categories Welcome)
    8:25 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.

  • Cargo Bike/Tandem/Bikeshare Showdown
    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.)
    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.

Interested bicyclists can sign up online. Registration is $3 to $15 per race online, depending on the match.

The race is free for spectators, who will have access to a cash bar.

Photo via Crystal City Business Improvement District

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