Armed Forces Cycling Classic 2017 in Washington, DC

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The U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic is a two-day cycling event including Pro races for qualified professionals, and the Crystal Ride, a non-competitive ride for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities. The weekend’s races will begin on Saturday with the Air Force Cycling Classic’s Clarendon Cup, a criterion race that showcases the Clarendon businesses around the Clarendon Metro. Sunday events move from Clarendon to Crystal City showcasing the vibrant shops and restaurants of the area with the non-competitive Crystal Ride and the series of races that make up the Crystal Cup.

The weekend's race festivities are open to cycling enthusiasts of all abilities and will feature events for cycling professionals, amateurs, kids and spectators.

Dates: June 10-11, 2017

Saturday – Clarendon, VA; Highland Ave. at Wilson Blvd.
Sunday – Crystal City, VA; Crystal Drive at 23rd St. S.

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Event Highlights

  • Kids Race - The Ethan Klancnik Memorial Kids Race supports Tay-Sachs Awareness and Prevention, and will take place in Clarendon on Saturday, June 10 and in Crystal City on Sunday, June 11.
  • Air Force Association Cycling Classic’s Clarendon Cup: This professional race showcases a form of cycling involving a series of high-speed bike races that take place on a 1km course on city streets. As part of the prestigious USA Cycling Professional Road Tour, the Clarendon Cup is known as one of the most difficult criterium races in the U.S. due to technical demands of the course and the quality of the participants.
    • Challenge Ride - The amateur, non-competitive, participatory ride is open to cyclists of all abilities. The ride will be held on a closed, 15km circuit in and around the Pentagon, Crystal City and the Air Force Memorial. Bronze, silver and gold medals will be awarded for those who can complete 2, 4 or 6 laps within the 3-hour course closure (June 11, Crystal City).
      • Thales Corporate Challenge - Part of the Challenge Ride, this event will track both laps competed and money raised by each Corporate Challenge Team.
      • Navy Federal Credit Union Armed Forces Challenge - A special race for those who served our country, the service branch whose participants completes the most laps, as well as the fastest 6 laps, will be honored and recognized on stage during Sunday’s Men’s Pro race.
      • USAA Congressional Challenge - House and Senate staffers from both sides of the aisle go head-to-head in this fun race. At the end of the race, lap totals will determine which party gets to take home the win to Capitol Hill.

      The Air Force Association’s Wounded Airman Program is the primary beneficiary of the event, receiving proceeds from pledges made by Team Sabre and from additional fundraising activities throughout the weekend. The Wounded Airman Program supports wounded, ill and injured Airmen with adaptive equipment needs, financial support and care and quality of life items. The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation.

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