On-Line registration is now OPEN. ( Form Below )
The Challenge Ride is an amateur, non-competitive, participatory ride, open to cyclists of all abilities. The ride takes place on a course closed to traffic, starting and finishing in Crystal City traveling past the Pentagon and up to Rosslyn and back. The course opens at 7:00am and closes at 10:00am. You can participate as a Standard Registrant or as a member of a Thales Corporate Challenge Team.
Please keep an eye on your lap times! Due to Arlington County road closure permits, we have to be strict with the 3 hour time limit. Therefore, we will not allow participants to begin another lap if there isn’t enough time remaining to complete a full lap. The fastest riders take approximately 20 minutes to complete a lap. To facilitate this, we will send out the pace car and a shuttle bus, traveling at the pace of the fastest lap. If the pace car catches you, you will be asked to leave the course or board the shuttle bus which we will bring you back to the S/F line.
We will not allow ANYONE to begin another lap when there is less time remaining than the fastest recorded lap time of the day. At that point, we will send out the pace car, traveling at the pace of the fastest lap, and a shuttle bus, and if the pace car catches you, you will be asked to leave the course or board the shuttle bus, and we will bring you back to the S/F line. It is imperative that we not keep roads closed any longer than our County permit allows.
The Navy Federal Credit Union Armed Forces Challenge:
Active Duty, retired and reserve armed forces members compete to earn bragging rights as the most competitive service. The service whose participants completes the most TOTAL laps, as well as the most laps completed by their top 6 riders, will be honored and recognized on stage during Sunday’s Men’s Pro race. The US Air Force was the top lap accumulator the past five years, but the Army was very close in 2016! It doesn’t matter if you are participating as an individual or if you are on a Corporate Challenge team, if you are active duty, retired or reserve, your laps will count as part of this challenge! When you Register, indicate your branch of service. You will need to bring a military ID to packet pick-up to confirm your status.
Thales Corporate Challenge:
Companies and organizations form teams to participate in the Challenge Ride. Registration fees are based on the number of riders in a team. To start your own team, register HERE. There is also a $1000 minimum team/corporation pledge. Teams are invited to create their own Fundraising page to support their charity of choice. The top three fund-raising teams will be recognized on stage on Sunday, following the Challenge Ride. In addition, awards will be given after the ride to the Corporate Challenge Team that accumulates the most TOTAL laps, as well as the most laps accumulated by their top 6 riders.
Fun challenge between the Republican and Democratic parties. Participants must work on the hill (house or senate) to compete in the Congressional Challenge. There is no additional fee to participate, so help your party complete the most laps and win! Participants who are part of the Congressional Challenge will need to list whose office they work in and their party affiliation so we can properly score the lap totals.
We STRONGLY ADVISE you to come before ride-day to pick up your rider number and timing chip to avoid the long lines on Sunday morning. Packets may be picked up at the following locations and times:
FRIDAY, June 9th: CRYSTAL CITY
Boeing Headquarters, Lobby
929 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA
Noon - 5:00pm
NOTE: Street Parking is limited. We recommend parking at Long Bridge Park, and walking through the soccer fields.
SATURDAY, June 10th: CLARENDON
Registration Tent - Across from the Start/Finish line, next to the Clarendon Metro Elevator
3100 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
NOTE: Vehicle access is limited. We recommend taking the metro or riding your bike. NO packet pick-up in Crystal City on Saturday
SUNDAY, June 11th: CRYSTAL CITY
Registration Tent - Near the Start/Finish line
2011 Crystal Drive, Arlington,, VA
6:00am - 8:00am
For insurance reasons, all riders must be a minimum age of 10 on or before June 11. Each rider must be present to pick up their own packet, must have a photo ID and will be required to sign a USA Cycling Waiver prior to receiving their packet - No EXCEPTIONS!! If you are registered in the DISCOUNTED ENTRY category, you must bring a valid Military ID indicating that you are Active Duty, Reserve or Retired Military. There are no other Discounted Entry Categories that will be accepted. If you do not have an ID, then you will need to pay a $10 step-up fee to the general category when you pick up your packet. If you mistakenly registered in this category and are not Active Duty Military, it will be handled at pick-up.
Corporate Challenge riders will be allowed to begin in the first wave. We will mark that section at the Start/Finish line. General Registrants will find their appropriate area, determined by the pace they are working towards (Gold Medal pace, Silver Medal Pace, Bronze Medal Pace).
Participants must have reached the age of 10 on or before June 11, 2017.
All finishers receive a medal! Riders that complete 6 or more laps receive Gold, riders that complete 4 or 5 laps will receive Silver, and riders that complete 3 or fewer will receive Bronze.
Standard Challenge Ride Registration Fees:
- $65 General Entry
- $55 Discounted Entry (Active Duty/Reserve Military Personnel, Retired Military)
- $5 Late fee after May 1
- On-line registration closes midnight, May 31st (or if we sell out prior to then)
If we are not sold out, we will continue to offer late registration spots at packet pick-up.
Standard and Discounted Registration Fee Includes:
Timing chip rental, finishers medal, water stop support. Note: Early Bird incentives are only for pre-registered prior to April 15, 11:59pm ET
You must bring valid proof of discounted category or pay an additional $10 at packet pick-up.
Refund requests will only be honored prior to midnight, April 31st, EST.