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Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
CREATED: 05/16/11 by mosered REPLIES: 20
mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1761
Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/16/11 2:35 PM

Do a metric century as fast as you can in loops around the Pentagon. $45:

http://www.airforcecyclingclassic.com/

http://www.airforcecyclingclassic.com/index.php/registration-crystal-ride

jameswilson's ravatar jameswilson    JOINED: 4/11/10    POSTS: 92
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/16/11 4:10 PM

Bummer, I had planned to do this one this year. But I'll be out of town that day. :(

PotomacTriathlete2009's ravatar PotomacTriathlete2009    JOINED: 9/19/09    POSTS: 525
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/18/11 1:44 PM

I might sign up and treat it as a casual gran fondo-type ride. I don't want to wear myself out for the WDC Tri the following week.

From what I've read, there's no requirement to complete a minimum number of loops. Just head out there and ride as much or as little as you want within the 3.5 hr window. We don't even have to start at 7:30 am. Check-in is open until 9 am. The course closes at 11 am.

Note: One part of the website indicates that T-shirts will only be given to those who preregistered by May 17 (yesterday). But a few lines down, it says that T-shirts will be given to those who register "prior to" May 21. The Active.com registration page does not ask for shirt size.

There is also an option to be a fundraiser, with a minimum pledge in addition to the "processing" fee. Those people receive a bike jersey. Additional Tour de France-type jerseys (green, polka dot, yellow) are available for top fundraisers.

kev7's ravatar kev7    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 458
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/18/11 1:57 PM

I'm in after missing last year for Eagleman and going for the "gold" again.

bdurman's ravatar bdurman    JOINED: 7/7/10    POSTS: 22
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/24/11 2:15 PM

I'm in for this as well. I'll take it kinda easy; going for a silver but I'd like to get 6 laps in. I'll bike over from Courthouse area if anyone wants to join me!

redsv's ravatar redsv    JOINED: 10/26/09    POSTS: 45
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/24/11 10:43 PM

I'm in.

zoom2zoom's ravatar zoom2zoom    JOINED: 5/5/10    POSTS: 72
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/31/11 7:51 AM

Does anyone know if i can bring my Tandem bike with my 7 year old son on the stoker? the tandem is a burley road bike with Ultegra setup (not beach Cruiser) does that count as one or two rider registeration?

also, can my son who is 11 year old join the ride?

the website does not have this information.

thanks in advanced

kev7's ravatar kev7    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 458
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/31/11 8:12 AM

The event is very congested with some fast riders. I would not recommend a tandem bike or a child.

zoom2zoom's ravatar zoom2zoom    JOINED: 5/5/10    POSTS: 72
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/31/11 8:25 AM

I was at last year’s event and finished the 100k ride. This year my sons like to participate. I remembered last year there were a lot of ‘casual’ riders and i just went around them with caution. There was also someone with the Penny-farthing bike.

I am wondering if there are any rules regarding tandems and age of riders as I don’t see it on the website.

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 958
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/31/11 8:36 AM

It's probably easiest to message the event coordinators and ask.

I still think it would be fun to do a tri on a Penny-farthing. :::^)::

zoom2zoom's ravatar zoom2zoom    JOINED: 5/5/10    POSTS: 72
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 5/31/11 12:35 PM

yes, i just spoke to the coordinator and yes tamdems are fine.

kmwpro's ravatar kmwpro    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 269
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/11/11 3:54 PM

I'm signed up as part of my company's team to ride tomorrow morning - can someone who has ridden this before give me any advice? Is it totally crowded and challenging to navigate or is it possible to get some good riding in? Thanks and see you out there!

kev7's ravatar kev7    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 458
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/11/11 4:42 PM

In 2009 the first lap was crowded but then it spaced out. I thought that it was a really good workout. I was able to get down on the aero bars and pull a long train of riders. Just be careful, some of the roads were a little rough.

mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1761
RE: AF Cycling Classic Arl 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/13/11 9:53 AM

Nice to see a bunch of DC Triers and buds on hand: Adam S, Laura Chipkin, Kevin D (those seemed particularly fast), Rhyne, Dave S., Kerry O'B, et al.

The only complaint about the well-run event seemed the late setup for, and relative lack, of liquids and food at the water stop, on what was a humid day. You can contact the event here, and help make it even better for next year: http://www.airforcecyclingclassic.com/index.php/contact


Had a fleeting moment of glory at race's end. My ride wasn't fast enough for the 19 mph pace gold medal, but they let you do the final lap to get your full 62 miles. As I neared the finish line, I suddenly began to pass dozens of riders. Maybe it was a second wind, maybe my inherent stamina, maybe the oxygen tent I'd slept in for weeks to slowly build my red blood cells, maybe the EPO I'd injected to quickly build them, but I left scores of fading cyclists in my wake. Finally, I got off at the exit chute--and watched all the competitors in the children's race that I'd just passed through finish up. :)

siehndel's ravatar siehndel    JOINED: 11/25/05    POSTS: 1063
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/13/11 4:34 PM

Ed,
A win is a win. Show those kids who is boss!

cvegh    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 31
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/14/11 11:42 AM

I just saw the results posted online for the Crystal City Ride and in my case it is wrong! I did the 8 laps in 3:07:12 and they have me as having done 7 laps in 2:44. On Sunday after the race they checked I had done 8 laps before giving me the "gold medal" ... I just e-mailed them. Does anybody else face this problem??

Carlos Vegh.

zoom2zoom's ravatar zoom2zoom    JOINED: 5/5/10    POSTS: 72
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/14/11 12:01 PM

my son did his first ride and i rode with him. We were able to do 4 laps for the silver and he was very proud of that... but the result only shows 3 laps???

cvegh    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 31
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/14/11 12:11 PM

Well, this tells me that they have really messed up the results ... You should e-mail them as well, they need to redo them from scratch ... Just go to:

http://www.airforcecyclingclassic.com/index.php/contact

redsv's ravatar redsv    JOINED: 10/26/09    POSTS: 45
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/14/11 12:19 PM

Yes, they have me down for 7 laps in 2:49. I was 8 laps in 3:10 when they gave out my gold medal.

cvegh    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 31
RE: Air Force Cycling Classic Arlington 2011 June 12
POSTED: 6/15/11 3:16 PM

They have posted revised results and they are still wrong, at least in my case. They now have me with 8 laps but in 2:42 as opposed to 3:07, which was my time. I am shocked they can't get their act together ....

Carlos Vegh.

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