Sunday, May 31, 2009

Air Force Cycling Classic @ Crystal City

This morning was the second part of the Air Force cycling race in Arlington. The 60 mile race around Crystal City occurred on an almost perfect day despite some early thunder showers, but should have been better organized.

Racers afterward complained of poor planning and that the organizers of the race were not clear about cut off times. The race was scheduled to start at 7:30, but bikers were not able to actually clear the start line until 7:46 due to the announcers talking on stage. And that 16 minute delay was not added on to the 10:30 cut off time, so many racers who were going to finish the race with a "gold medal" (which you get for completing all 8 laps on time) were stopped early. But the race it self was very rewarding for contestants of all ages and ability.