In addition to their usual reaces, they're having a race between Congressional Republicans and Democrats. Like NASCAR, Americans will be rooting for crashes:
The Air Force Association Cycling Classic (AFACC) is posing a fun new challenge to Republicans and Democrats! Capitol Hill’s cycling enthusiasts and novice riders will have the opportunity to challenge each other for a good cause - to ride for bragging rights for their political parties during this year’s USAA Congressional Challenge which benefits the AFA Wounded Airman Program. The Congressional Challenge is a part of the AFACC’s Challenge Ride and will allow any member of Congress and their staff to sign up and compete as individuals as well as for their party’s bragging rights. The Challenge will count the laps of each individual Hill participant, and at the end, the total laps of individuals from both parties will be tallied for each party – creating team scores. The party with the highest team score will be declared the winner.
“We are delighted to present the USAA Congressional Challenge for the first year,” said Brian Conklin, vice president of federal government relations for USAA, a financial services company that serves members of the military and their families. “We are looking forward to this friendly competition for a good cause.”
In addition to bragging rights for the winning party, each participant will also be eligible to earn a medal in the AFACC’s Challenge Ride: a gold medal by completing six laps in less than three hours, a silver medal for riding four laps, and a bronze medal for two laps in that timeframe. Registration for the USAA Congressional Challenge is now open through the events website: www.CyclingClassic.org.
This year’s Air Force Association Cycling Classic events begin on Saturday, June 7, with the Air Force Association Cycling Classic’s Clarendon Cup Pro/Am races. Then on Sunday, June 8thcyclists of all abilities will be able to participate in the non-competitive Air Force Association Cycling Challenge Ride. Men’s Pro, Women’s and amateur races will complete the day’s schedule. Saturday and Sunday’s races will again be part of the prestigious USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar. A portion of the funds from the AFACC will benefit the AFA Wounded Airman Program, the event’s sole beneficiary.
More about the Air Force Association Cycling Classic:
Professional and amateur cyclists of all ages and abilities
A two-day cycling event featuring Pro races, a non-competitive cycling challenge and a kids’ ride
June 7-8, 2014
Full schedule of race start times to be announced
Saturday, June 7th – Clarendon Metro Stop
Sunday, June 8th – 2100 Crystal Drive, Crystal City
Online registration closes May 31st, 9 p.m. PST