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Date: April 21, 2014


Congressional Cycling Challenge Brings Democrats and Republicans Together to Compete for a Good Cause

(Arlington, VA) - 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 Senator, 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.

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Date: March 11, 2014


Boeing renews support for Air Force Association Cycling Classic New Route Unveiled


(Arlington, VA) – The Air Force Association Cycling Classic (AFACC) returns June 7-8, 2014 with news sure to please cycling enthusiasts of all abilities. In addition to revealing an exciting new route for the event’s popular Challenge Ride, the AFACC is pleased to announce that The Boeing Company is continuing its support of the D.C. region’s premier series of cycling events, including the Clarendon Cup and Crystal Cup Pro/Am Races, as Presenting Sponsor through 2017.

“Our connection to the Air Force community is one of teamwork and partnership,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. “We’re proud to extend our support for a health- and fitness-focused event that not only gives back to veterans and their families, but also helps the broader population gain a better understanding and appreciation for the sacrifices they have made.”

The route for the 2014 Air Force Association Cycling Classic’s Challenge Ride has been slightly modified over previous editions, taking in both north and south bound RTE 110. Additionally, the route will modify the way it goes through Crystal City, by only traveling southbound on Crystal Drive, and using RTE 1 from 20th ST onto RTE 110. The resulting route eliminates tighter sections of roads previously used.

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Date: February 24, 2014


Comcast Newsmaker Interview

Host Yolanda Vazquez talks with Robert Laybourn, President, Arlington Sports, Inc. They discuss the Air Force Association Cycling Classic that will take place June 7th & 8th.

View on the Comcast Newsmaker Site: http://www.comcastnewsmakers.com/video/air-force-association-cycling-classic/

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Date: June 7, 2013


Haedo Wins Crystal Cup as Jamis-Hagens Berman Ends UnitedHealthcare Three Year Reign at Air Force Association Cycling Classic

ARLINGTON, VA. -- One day after UnitedHealthcare seemed to reassert its dominance at the Air Force Association Cycling Classic with a first-place finish in the Clarendon Cup Men's Pro race, another team proved a more than worthy adversary in Crystal City. UnitedHealthcare has been racking up victories in the National Criterium Calendar (NCC), picking up 15 wins in 17 events going into this weekends NCC races. But Jamis-Hagens Berman wasn't intimidated, and was ready to prove they are a force just as strong as the boys in blue.

Jamis-Hagens Berman's J.J. Haedo and Luis Amaran took first and third, respectively, in the thrilling 90-minute Men's Pro/1 Crystal Cup race. Jamis-Hagens Berman swept the top three spots in the Men's Omnium competition, led by Amaran, who finished third in both Men's Pro/1 races this weekend.

Five riders, including Amaran, Haedo and Amore & Vita's Danny Holloway formed the breakaway that turned out to be the move of the day in the events featured race. UnitedHealthcare appeared to be patient with the move up the road :30, confident in their ability to bring it back at will, as so often that scenario has played out this year. However, Jamis-Hagens Berman had no interest in following that script, and Haedo and Amaran allied with Holloway, kept their engines stoked. The pressure resulted in dropping their two other companions, but the UnitedHealthcare blue train was closing in the final laps, per the script.

With one lap to go, UnitedHealthcare had only two riders left at the front of the pack and still trailed the breakaway, the blue train just running out of track to make the catch before the finish. As a result, Jamis-Hagens Berman's 1st and 3rd ended the three-year dominance by UnitedHealthcare, with Jake Keough taking the field sprint for 4th place, ending his three-year run as the champion.

Though UnitedHealthcare's Aldo Imo Ilesic outsprinted Amaran and Jamis-Hagens Berman teammate Dennis Aleman for the win in Clarendon, Jamis-Hagens Berman's two day performance was rewarded by a sweep of the Omnium podium, capping off a brilliant weekend of racing for them.

The Women's Pro race featured far less drama, with Team TIBCO's Lauren Stephens racking up premes while riding solo off the front, en route to a comfortable first-place finish. VeloShine's Sara Tussey was within striking distance of Stephens with four laps to go, but Stephens managed to find another gear and was never challenged as the final three laps wound down.

Colavita rider and local favorite Lindsay Bayer of Reston, Va., held off Tussey for second place, while Team TIBCO's Joanne Kiesanowski and Mellow Mushroom p/b Shady Grove Fertility's Laura Van Gilder battled for the field sprint and the, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

The battle for 4th was also the battle for the Omnium, as Kiesanows's pair of 4th place finishes earned her the Women's Omnium by a tiebreaker over by Van Gilder, with Bayer finishing up the podium. Bayer was also awarded the days Lockheed Martin Most Courageous Jersey.

The Men's and Women's Pro races followed a 3.5-hour Challenge Ride that gave more than 1,700 cyclists the opportunity to ride on a closed circuit.

Results

Men's Pro/1
1 Haedo, Juan Jose -- Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
2 Holloway, Daniel -- Amore Vita
3 Amaran, Luis -- Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
4 Keough, Jake -- United HealthCare
5 Kline, Shane -- SmartStop/Mountain Khakis

Omnium
1 Amaran, Luis -- Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
2 Aleman, Dennis -- Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
3 Haedo, Juan Jose -- Jamis - Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
4 Keough, Jake -- United HealthCare
5 Friedeman, Mathias -- Champion Systems Pro Cycling

Women's Pro 1/2
1 Stephens, Lauren -- Team TIBCO/ To the Top
2 Bayer, Lindsay -- Colavita Racing Inc./Colavita-Fine Cooking
3 Tussey, Sara -- Veloshine
4 Kiesanows, Joanne -- Team TIBCO/ To the Top
5 Van Gilder, Laura -- Mellow Mushroom Racing p/b Shady Grove Fertility

Omnium
1 Kiesanows, Joanne -- Team TIBCO/ To the Top
2 Van Gilder, Laura -- Mellow Mushroom Racing p/b Shady Grove Fertility
3 Bayer, Lindsay -- Colavita Racing Inc./Colavita-Fine Cooking
4 Schneider, Samantha -- Team TIBCO/ To the Top
5 Miller, Amanda -- Team TIBCO/ To the Top.

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Date: June 7, 2013


Top Men's Cycling Teams from Around the World to Compete in Air Force Association Cycling Classic

(Arlington, VA) - Top professional and amateur cycling teams will compete for honors in one of the nation's premier cycling events taking place Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, 2013 in Arlington, VA. The Men's pro race will again see an international field.

Participating Teams Include:
Champion Systems (CHN)
Amore & Vita (ITA)
Jamis/Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA)
UnitedHealthcare (USA)
Novo Nordisk (USA)
SmartStop/Mountain Khakis (USA)
Stage 17-Cylance (USA)
Battley Ducati/Spokes Etc. (USA)
Predator Carbon Repair (USA)
BikeReg.com/Cannondale (USA)
GS Mengoni (USA)
US Military Cycling Team fueled by FRS (USA)
Kelly Benefit/LSV (USA)
DC Velo/Clean Currents p/b Beyer KIA (USA)
CRCA/Foundation (USA)
Breakaway/Vie 13 (USA)
These teams include 2012 defending champions Robert Forester (GER) and Jake Keough (USA), both of the Pro Continental team UnitedHealthcare, as well as former USA Cycling Pro Criterium National Champion Daniel Holloway of Italian team Amore & Vita. Full rosters and additional event information are available in the Washington Examiner Official Race Program.

The 2013 Air Force Association Cycling Classic, proudly brought to you by the Boeing Company, combines two signature races into one action-packed cycling weekend. The excitement begins on Saturday, June 8, through the streets of Clarendon with the 16th edition of The Air Force Association Cycling Classic - Clarendon Cup. The famous 1 km, five-turn course will test the world's best cyclists who specialize in criterium style racing as they compete in this USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) event. Saturday's race will be a tremendous spectator show, featuring the men's Pro 100 lap and Women's 50 lap race around the Clarendon Metro and surrounding neighborhood streets. UnitedHealthcare's blue train will be looking to make four years in a row as the winner of the Clarendon Cup.

On Sunday, June 9, the action moves to Crystal City for the sixth year in a row where the pros will then compete on a 2km course through the colorful streets of Crystal City. Both the Pro/Am men's and women's racers will be fighting for top honors of the two-stage Northrop Grumman Red Jersey points competition. UnitedHealthcare's Keough will look to make it three years in a row.

Prior to Sunday's main event, cycling enthusiasts of all abilities are invited to test their fitness levels in the 6th Annual Air Force Cycling Challenge Ride - a non-competitive event that offers participants an opportunity to ride a 15km course around the Air Force Memorial, the Pentagon and through Crystal City for up to 3 ½ hours! Crystal Ride also offers the option to raise money for The Air Force Association's Wounded Airman Program.

Arlington Sports, Inc is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the promotion and development of professional and amateur bike racing. For additional information on the Air Force Association Cycling Classic and other ASI events, please visit www.arlingtonsports.org.

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Date: June 3, 2013


Boeing Commits Continued Support for Air Force Association Cycling Classic

(Arlington, VA) – The Boeing Company will continue to support the Air Force Association Cycling Classic, the D.C. Region’s Premier series of cycling events including the Pro Race and the Clarendon Cup events as the Presenting Sponsor. Boeing’s commitment to the event will ensure its continued growth and success - beyond 2013 - providing opportunities for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities to participate in this National Capital Region signature event.

“The Air Force Association Cycling Classic is a great way to support the Air Force community, invest in our people, and promote the fitness benefits of cycling,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “Our Boeing team enjoys riding in this event, and I look forward to us supporting it into the future.”

This year’s events begin on Saturday, June 8, with the Air Force Association Cycling Classic’s Clarendon Cup. Amateur racers will participate in the first race and the Men’s Pro race, now in its16th year, starts at noon. On Sunday, June 9, the pros will again be featured in the Air Force Cycling Classic Crystal Cup, which will follow the non-competitive Air Force Association Cycling Challenge Ride. 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.

Participants in the Air Force Association Cycling Classic Challenge Ride will again be able to earn a gold medal by completing six laps in less than 3 ½ hours. A silver medal is earned by riding four laps, and a bronze for two laps in that timeframe. Registration for the Crystal Ride, the Corporate Challenge and the Kids Races are now open through the events website: www.CyclingClassic.org.

Arlington Sports, Inc is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the promotion and development of professional and amateur bike racing. For additional information on the Air Force Association Cycling Classic and other ASI events, please visit www.arlingtonsports.org.

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Date: April 8, 2013


AFA Partners with Arlington Sports for the 2013 Air Force Association Cycling Classic Held in June to Benefit the AFA Wounded Airman Program

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Air Force Association will partner with Arlington Sports to host the annual 2013 Air Force Association Cycling Class on June 8-9 in Arlington, Va. The AFA Wounded Airman Program will be the sole official beneficiary and will receive a portion of the proceeds from the event.

"The Air Force Association is very pleased to serve as the event partner for this year's Cycling Classic," said Craig McKinley, AFA President. "This is a great opportunity to support our wounded Airmen who have served and sacrificed on behalf of our country. AFA strives to honor their service and to provide both emotional and financial support as they continue on the road to recovery. We hope to create an environment of comfort and community for our dedicated Airmen where they are able to reintegrate back to life at home."

"The Air Force Association is proud to establish this new partnership with Arlington Sports, Inc. to join forces to support the local cycling community and our Airmen who become injured while serving our country," said George Muellner, AFA Chairman of the Board. "We owe it to the men and women of the Air Force to take care of them when they return home in need of special assistance, and AFA's Wounded Airman Program helps fulfill that duty."

Participants in Sunday's Air Force Association Cycling Classic Challenge Ride will depart at 7:30am, and will have the course closed to traffic until 11:00am. Finishing medals will be awarded to all those that complete two or more laps.

Team Sabre and Corporate Challenge Consider participating as part of Team Sabre or as a Corporate Challenge team, and support the Air Force Association's Wounded Airman Program. Start fundraising for your Team Sabre and Corporate Challenge Teams by joining here. Top individual fundraisers will be recognized with special jerseys.

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and ourAir Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:

• EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.

• ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.

• SUPPORT the Total Air Force family and promote aerospace education.

AFA has 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing more than 105,000 members. Visit AFA at www.afa.org

Arlington Sports, Inc is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the promotion and development of professional and amateur bike racing. For additional information on the Air Force Association Cycling Classic and other ASI events, please visit www.arlingtonsports.org.

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