As has been noted, DC will be enjoying a downtown pro cycling race - the ING Direct Capital Criterium - this Sunday morning. And now you can, too - live streaming looks to be in place! (We all know, of course, of the perils of live feeds, so cross your fingers for everyone and everything involved). Schedule, course map, and race start list links below the fold.
There are three races scheduled. There's a kids event between the amateur and pro races, thus the time gap around 10am.
- 8am - men's 35+, 45 minutes (about 32 laps), $500 in prize money/10 deep
- 9am - men's 1/2/3, 60 minutes (about 45 laps), $800 in prize money/10 deep
- 11:30am - pro, 85 laps (no set time), $50,000 in prize money/25 deep
It's a six turn 1km circuit that winds its way through DC's Penn Quarter. The road on the bottom is Pennsylvania Avenue (for reference, the White House is just off the left side of the map, and the Capitol a bit off of the right). The riders will be racing clockwise, which means that they'll head up a bit of a hill right after the start. It's not long or particularly steep, but I'm sure it will add up over 85 laps.
The right-left-right back down should be fast, sending the riders into an easy left back to Pennsylvania Avenue. A tight u-turn then sets the riders up for what should be a very fast sprint finish down a long and flat run-in to the line.The Field
Garmin-Chipotle's bringing five riders to the race, including Christian Vande Velde, Will Frischkorn and Danny Pate. Freddie Rodriguez and Rahsaan Bahati will be alone in representing Rock Racing. Similarly, Toyota United's Dominique Rollin and Hilton Clarke will be a two man team. Kelly Benefits is bringing a full squad to put behind crit specialist Alex Candelario. In contrast, Symmetrics' Eric Wohlberg will be making this a solo effort. Bobby Lea, Karl Menzies, and Team Type 1 are also in town. Complete start list here.
Should make for a great race. I hope the streaming video can do it justice - and if not, well, check back here for a bit of post race photo coverage late Sunday, sure to be accompanied by reports from the many Podium Cafe members that were there.