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PotomacCyclist
12-18-2014, 09:42 AM
I saw this item in the latest Crystal City BID e-newsletter.

Wednesday Night Spins

When: Every Wednesday in March from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: 2345 Crystal Drive Parking Garage - G4 Level
Registration: Coming soon! Visit CrystalCity.org for updates.

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Crosshairs Cycling will host an indoor bike race every Wednesday night in the month of March. With the weather and the local cycling race calendar, March is the perfect time for an indoor race and add to a racer’s pre-season training program. The course will be fast and fun for all abilities, providing great viewing and happy hour drinks in the Washington Wine Academy beer and wine garden. With weekly prizes for top finishers, competitors will also earn points toward being the best rider of the month.

- See more at: http://www.crystalcity.org/item/ride-walk-run-in-crystal-city#sthash.rTb7GYgI.dpuf

PotomacCyclist
12-18-2014, 01:08 PM
Now added to the forum Calendar.

PotomacCyclist
01-21-2015, 09:25 AM
More info from the CCBID: http://www.crystalcity.org/item/spark-speed-at-wednesday-night-spins

Spark Speed at Wednesday Night Spins

Weekly Indoor Bike Race Comes to Crystal City in March

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Crosshairs Cycling will host an indoor bike race every Wednesday night in the month of March. With the unpredictable weather and a quiet local race calendar, March is the perfect time for an indoor race and provides a warm-up to a racer’s pre-season training program.

“Crystal City is an active and bike-friendly neighborhood,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Wednesday Night Spins is a creative and fun way to experience bike culture while highlighting our incredible parking assets.”

The course will be fast and fun for all abilities, and participants will compete for prizes for the top finishers each week while earning points toward being the best rider of the series. The lounge area will provide great viewing and happy hour drinks in the Washington Wine Academy beer and wine garden. Guests not racing can still enjoy fun games and activities in the lounge area. The first race will debut on March 4, 2015.

EVENT DETAILS:

When:
Every Wednesday in March from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
6:00 PM – Onsite Registration/Check-in
6:30 PM –Advanced “B” Race (35 minutes)
7:25 PM – Beginner “C” Race (30 minutes)
8:25 PM – Elite “A” Race (45 minutes)

Where:
2345 Crystal Drive Parking Garage - G4 Level
.25mi from Crystal City connection of 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 here: https://www.bikereg.com/crystal-citywednesday-night-sprints

Social Media:
Like Crystal City on Facebook and interact with us on Twitter using #crystalride. Guests who take photos during the event and post to Twitter or Instagram using #crystalride and tagging @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.

TwoWheelsDC
01-21-2015, 09:55 AM
Of course it's on a night I have class...

PotomacCyclist
01-21-2015, 10:50 AM
I'll probably watch some of the races, but I doubt I'll register. I've barely ridden at all over the past 4.5 months, and I don't have a road bike. A triathlon bike wouldn't be appropriate for a crit-style race and a mountain bike would be far too slow. Plus I would get nervous about being in a crit race. I have looked deep into my soul and realized that I am not a crit road racer.

Maybe I could register for the beginner race and use the MTB or CaBi. Maybe not.

Harry Meatmotor
01-21-2015, 10:59 AM
definitely gonna check these out. commute home from work, register, race the commuter bike with backpack full of dress clothes? Werd!

these wouldn't count for BAFS since they're indoor, right? lulz...

hozn
01-21-2015, 11:55 AM
It would be awesome if they were USAC sanctioned, but I assume not. I cant see spending money or risking injury on races that "don't count". But I am sure the social scene will be kickin.

As for freezing saddles ... Good question! We forbid trainer rides, but this might be a gray area. While inside, it isn't a heated garage ...

Steve O
01-21-2015, 12:06 PM
As for freezing saddles ... Good question! We forbid trainer rides, but this might be a gray area. While inside, it isn't a heated garage ...

Doubtful your GPS device will work.

I'd be inclined to count this, however, if we're taking a vote.

hozn
01-21-2015, 12:07 PM
Yeah, I would agree they should count. True about the GPS, not sure what those tracks will loom like, but I am sure someone can link to their previous Crystal City garage-race track.

Steve O
01-21-2015, 12:08 PM
We forbid trainer rides...

I don't believe we actually "forbid" trainer rides; we just don't count them.

I know of some teams that wish trainer rides (because of certain FS teammates who aren't fond of the cold) were forbidden, though.

hozn
01-21-2015, 12:09 PM
Yes, fair. I meant "don't count", not forbid :-)

rcannon100
01-21-2015, 12:40 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/4ddea03d771af2627f08bd5abe1f70ef/tumblr_mh4wstjYPi1qlnyxjo1_500.gif

Tim Kelley
01-21-2015, 12:48 PM
Doubtful your GPS device will work.

Power meter, FTW.

Harry Meatmotor
01-21-2015, 12:55 PM
It would be awesome if they were USAC sanctioned, but I assume not. I cant see spending money or risking injury on races that "don't count". But I am sure the social scene will be kickin.

As for freezing saddles ... Good question! We forbid trainer rides, but this might be a gray area. While inside, it isn't a heated garage ...

Pretty sure I'll spectate at the first one to get an idea of what sort of silliness takes place - definitely not worth putting yourself at risk if the races don't count toward upgrade.

PotomacCyclist
01-21-2015, 01:32 PM
That hasn't stopped people before. A few of the people at the Diamond Derby/Phoenix Derby races motor along the course (well, with only a human-powered motor). Do those races count in any standings? I don't know.

Re the course, it doesn't sound like this will be a cyclocross course, so it might be a little different from the Phoenix Derby course. But there are limited variations possible in a garage, so it shouldn't be radically different.

Tim Kelley
01-21-2015, 01:47 PM
Re the course, it doesn't sound like this will be a cyclocross course, so it might be a little different from the Phoenix Derby course. But there are limited variations possible in a garage, so it shouldn't be radically different.

It's a crit course. All on one level, no hay bales, and lots of turns and zigzags. Prepare for a constant Coast to Zone5 type riding. If you're doing training intervals, try something along the lines of a tabata--20 seconds on, 20 seconds off.

PotomacCyclist
01-21-2015, 02:08 PM
I've been doing some Tabata-type workouts... swimming in the pool, but not on a bike. I plan to start adding some of those once I get out of my bike-laziness phase.

Jason B
01-21-2015, 02:18 PM
This sounds like fun, but yea, what type of bike would you use????
Pack riding around a bunch of tight turns with cement walls as your cushion sounds like I may need to bring the large bottle neosporin and leave the carbon at home.

Tim Kelley
01-21-2015, 02:19 PM
This sounds like fun, but yea, what type of bike would you use????
Pack riding around a bunch of tight turns with cement walls as your cushion sounds like I may need to bring the large bottle neosporin and leave the carbon at home.

29er with 38mm slicks?

hozn
01-21-2015, 03:01 PM
Do those races count in any standings? I don't know.

No, I don't believe they do either. But the Weds night training races in Greenbelt do. Yes, I know that there will be people there, but road racing is different to me from MTB or even CX. It is fast and more dangerous and as a cat-5 racer I have little incentive to do training races that don't count. All cat 5 races are training races.

... But that really is irrelevant. I hope it is awesome.

Yeah, I would ride sticky tires. My 28mm Duranos would probably be great in a parking garage race. Definitely nothing with knobs.

peterw_diy
01-21-2015, 04:51 PM
Free parking after 4:00 PM in Crystal City garages

How much does bike parking usually cost?

Arlingtonrider
01-21-2015, 05:39 PM
Declared by acclamation - there will be a forum happy hour at the Washington Wine Academy wine and beer garten to watch the first Wednesday night race in March.

PotomacCyclist
01-21-2015, 09:41 PM
How much does bike parking usually cost?

Two beers an hour. Paid directly to me or to people I designate. This is actually part of Arlington County Code. Or not.

Tim Kelley
01-22-2015, 12:26 PM
Registration is open: https://www.bikereg.com/crystal-citywednesday-night-sprints

jpetty1
03-04-2015, 01:38 PM
Don't forget that the Wednesday Night Spins starts this evening. The garage is not really warm, but it is dry. Hope to see you there.

PotomacCyclist
03-04-2015, 02:12 PM
I might stop by to watch. But I'm nowhere near ready to sign up for any type of bike racing right now. So I will spectate only.

(The official email announcement also said something about heckling the racers. I think I could find the energy to do that too. But it will be a good sort of heckling.)

kwarkentien
03-04-2015, 02:42 PM
I plan on being there, not to race but to spectate...and heckle...and drink.

PotomacCyclist
03-05-2015, 11:49 AM
Local news coverage of last night's bike races, on ABC7 (retweeted by The WashCycle):

https://twitter.com/lizbybike/status/573337516541153284

PotomacCyclist
03-05-2015, 10:54 PM
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/03/crystal-city-bid-hosts-underground-cycling-races-as-winter-rages-on-112015.html


http://bcove.me/9hxbotqd

Jason B
03-11-2015, 05:46 AM
Round two tonight.
These are a blast, an absolute-white-knuckle-'Oh-$h1t-i'm-Gonna-Die' blast, but a blast nonetheless. I did horrible the first race, for fear of dying, and total lack of skill for this many turns, but still had a great time. It was a cross between Tron, with people exploding into walls, and Apocalypse Now, which after 10 laps of red tape everywhere and those damn florescent light, i started to hallucinate big time waiting for The Flight of the Valkyries to start blaring over the intercom.
Become one of the Morlocks and check it out, for the Crosshairs guys have set up very organized event that is just as fun to watch,,,and did i mention there is beer.

ahumblecycler
03-16-2015, 01:24 PM
Anyone going this week? I am in CC for a 2-day workshop and may check it out.

jpetty1
03-17-2015, 10:40 AM
Update from Crosshairs about the next two weeks at the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spins.

"Quick announcement about the next two editions of Crystal City BID and Crosshairs Cycling's Wednesday Night Spins. This week (Race #3) will be the final race for the Elite "A" race in the series. So if you want to experience 45 minutes of fun, and you're one of the fast guys, tomorrow is your final chance.

For week four, March 25, the final race of the night (replacing the "A" race) will be the Fixed-Gear Finale. We've had a lot of requests for this field, so we're giving the people what they want. One gear, no freewheels, for that race only. If that's not your thing, I hear you! But still, ride out, have a beer, and watch what should be an entertaining race.

Registration for all races is here: https://www.bikereg.com/crystal-citywednesday-night-sprints

If you're thinking about jumping into the beginner "C" race, it is almost sold out for tomorrow night.

-Bill"

Arlingtonrider
03-22-2015, 07:43 PM
It sounds like this Wednesday's final garage races will be even more fun than usual! They're now planning a "Tandem, Cargo and Bikeshare Showdown" in addition to the B and C races and the Fixed Gear Finale.

Registration is still open for all but the C races. These are really fun events to watch, and those who have raced say that they're very fun to participate in too. Admission to watch is free.

The races are held in the bottom levels of the garage at 2345 Crystal Drive from roughly 6 to 8 pm, and beer and Sol Schott's awesome Acme pies (by the slice or whole) are sold at the event.

If watching, you may want to bring an additional layer to wear as it is sometimes a little cool in the lower levels of the garage, although it hasn't been as cold as it was the first couple of times.

Tim Kelley
03-23-2015, 10:04 AM
It sounds like this Wednesday's final garage races will be even more fun than usual! They're now planning a "Tandem, Cargo and Bikeshare Showdown" in addition to the B and C races and the Fixed Gear Finale.

This will be fun--I'll be out there with the cargo bike!!

Jason B
03-23-2015, 04:32 PM
This will be fun--I'll be out there with the cargo bike!!

EGAD! These were scary enough on my 17lb carbon. I can't even imagine what it would be like on a 40lb hunk of steel.....wait a second, this could be fun. YEA, Rollerball baby. Bring on the Thunderdome!

Tim Kelley
03-24-2015, 08:15 AM
EGAD! These were scary enough on my 17lb carbon. I can't even imagine what it would be like on a 40lb hunk of steel.....wait a second, this could be fun. YEA, Rollerball baby. Bring on the Thunderdome!

It's closer to 60 lbs, and it's aluminium, thank you very much. See you there? Grab and Bikeshare bike and trade paint with me.

Brn Moore
03-24-2015, 09:12 AM
How far's the nearest CaBi station from the garage, and would I be able to grab a bike, race it, and have it back in the dock within 30 minutes and in time to run back downstairs for the podium photos?

jpetty1
03-24-2015, 09:22 AM
The closest station is right outside the garage entrance located at 23rd Street S. & Crystal Drive. The race is scheduled for 20 minutes so riders will be cutting it close to dock it within the 30 minutes.

Sunyata
03-24-2015, 10:24 AM
The closest station is right outside the garage entrance located at 23rd Street S. & Crystal Drive. The race is scheduled for 20 minutes so riders will be cutting it close to dock it within the 30 minutes.

Maybe the race organizers should have a rule that each participant must dock once within the race? Or perhaps have a Le Mans-style start where the participants have to run to the dock, check out the bike, and ride back up to the course? :cool:

Arlingtonrider
03-24-2015, 11:47 AM
I don't think anyone should sweat this. I havent checked recently, but I think the first extra half hour is about $1.50 or so.

kwarkentien
03-24-2015, 03:54 PM
I don't think anyone should sweat this. I havent checked recently, but I think the first extra half hour is about $1.50 or so.

Here are the overage costs:

8166

Isn't really an issue until you start to amass several hours worth of charges.

PotomacCyclist
03-24-2015, 04:19 PM
But what if some people here want to do a 24 Hours of LeMans CaBi race? (Not me, but others.)

PotomacCyclist
03-24-2015, 04:21 PM
Are the CaBi bikes 60 lbs.? That seems about right, but I've always wondered what the exact weight is. I know they are heavy. I tried rolling it up once on the side of the steps of the Four Mile Run temporary access path. Didn't go too well.

PotomacCyclist
03-24-2015, 04:23 PM
It sounds like this Wednesday's final garage races will be even more fun than usual! They're now planning a "Tandem, Cargo and Bikeshare Showdown" in addition to the B and C races and the Fixed Gear Finale.

The words "Tandem, Cargo and Bikeshare Showdown" remind me of Tonto, Tarzan and Frankenstein singing, for some reason.


https://screen.yahoo.com/seasons-greeting-tarzan-tonto-frankenstein-000000685.html

P.S. I say this as a Bikeshare fan. Most of my rides are on CaBi.

Tim Kelley
03-25-2015, 08:42 AM
Are the CaBi bikes 60 lbs.? That seems about right, but I've always wondered what the exact weight is. I know they are heavy. I tried rolling it up once on the side of the steps of the Four Mile Run temporary access path. Didn't go too well.

I think they come out to be about 45 pounds.

Tim Kelley
03-26-2015, 08:43 AM
Getting rad on the cargo bikes:

8172

UNITED STATES: MARCH 25, 2015: Crystal City Wednesday Night Spins bicycle race at 2345 Crystal Drive Parking Garage, Arlington Virginia. The race is held every Wednesday night in the underground parking deck and is open to the general public to watch and to race. (Photo by Douglas Graham / WLP)

americancyclo
03-26-2015, 09:22 AM
Getting rad on the cargo bikes:

http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8172&stc=1

UNITED STATES: MARCH 25, 2015: Crystal City Wednesday Night Spins bicycle race at 2345 Crystal Drive Parking Garage, Arlington Virginia. The race is held every Wednesday night in the underground parking deck and is open to the general public to watch and to race. (Photo by Douglas Graham / WLP)

How do you bunny hop that?

PotomacCyclist
03-26-2015, 01:08 PM
Video clip from the "C" race last night. (I think it was the "C" race.)


https://vimeo.com/123276516

PotomacCyclist
03-26-2015, 01:15 PM
And a video clip of the inaugural "Cargo Bike/BikeShare/Tandem Showdown" including Tim Kelley on the Bullitt ("the fastest cargo bike in the world (https://thebullittbike.wordpress.com/)").


https://vimeo.com/123276664

One guy wiped out on a turn. You can hear the crowd quiet down suddenly, but he got back up quickly. (Sort of quickly.) I also saw some Rollerball-type action (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073631/) out there involving Tim. Cargo bike riders are a fierce and competitive lot. At least a few of them are. Another rider was delivering pizzas. A quick race in between pizza deliveries. Nothing wrong with that.

The CaBi riders were more laid back, especially the one dressed in a sport coat.

Tim Kelley
03-26-2015, 02:44 PM
Official photos here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/112291291404422293154/WednesdayNightSpins32515?noredirect=1

Tim Kelley
03-26-2015, 02:44 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC8x9z3r-98

PotomacCyclist
03-26-2015, 02:49 PM
Getting rad on the cargo bikes:

8172

UNITED STATES: MARCH 25, 2015: Crystal City Wednesday Night Spins bicycle race at 2345 Crystal Drive Parking Garage, Arlington Virginia. The race is held every Wednesday night in the underground parking deck and is open to the general public to watch and to race. (Photo by Douglas Graham / WLP)

Wipe-out caused by the power of the Tim Kelley death stare

americancyclo
03-26-2015, 03:20 PM
That cargo bike rear wheelslide at the finish line was pretty sweet.

Toonces
03-27-2015, 12:23 PM
Steve O - winning the most stylish rider category 81848185

Steve O
03-27-2015, 12:26 PM
Steve O - winning the most stylish rider category http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8184&stc=1http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8185&stc=1

Man, that blurry background shows how wicked fast I was going, too!

vvill
03-29-2015, 11:37 AM
Photos from the last night courtesy of Bruce Buckley here:

http://www.brucebuckleyphotography.com/Sports/Cycling/Crystal-City-WNS-3-25-15/

http://www.brucebuckleyphotography.com/Sports/Cycling/Crystal-City-WNS-3-25-15/i-4PBSMS2/0/M/1E9A5803-M.jpg
http://www.brucebuckleyphotography.com/Sports/Cycling/Crystal-City-WNS-3-25-15/i-Dr4Vwmd/0/M/1E9A5900-M.jpg

I did the Capital Bikeshare race too - I thought it was a ton of fun (especially compared to riding around on 23/25mm tires - I did some pre-ride laps on those). Thanks to Arlingtonrider who let me borrow her CaBi key for the event!