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Crystal City BID hosts underground cycling races as winter rages on

A cyclist underground. (Photo: WJLA/Jay Korff)

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – During the winter, many of us are trapped inside, only getting exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike. But one competitive cycling community decided enough is enough.

A long, hard winter in the D.C. region forced area athletes to compete in an unexpected environment Wednesday.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for spring; I’m so tired of this weather,” said Angie Fox, the president and CEO of the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID). “We all have that cabin fever sense, right?”

The Crystal City BID transformed the bottom level of a parking garage into a subterranean race course.

“Because it’s a perfectly natural thing to do a bicycle race in a parking garage,” Fox said, laughing.

Winter-weary cyclists sick of slick, snow-covered roads were thrilled to test their fitness level underground.

“It’s not even safe to ride outside,” said cyclist Faisal Kamdar. “You don’t have to worry about wind, you don’t have to worry about the cold.”

The course, shorter than a kilometer, complete with nearly a dozen turns, wasn’t exactly ideal. But it sure beats the above-ground alternative this time of year.

“Some of these corners’ll sneak up on you a little bit,” said cyclist Pete von Loewe. “Gosh, it was really fun to see someone put something like this together in the dead of winter.”

The races, called the Wednesday Night Spins, will continue every Wednesday through the end of March.

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