The Armed Forces Cycling Classic celebrates its 25th edition with the start of the Crystal City Cup circuit race on Saturday, followed by the Clarendon Cup Race on Sunday, awarding the omnium prize for the combined days. The race is offering equal prize money for both the pro men and women races for another year running.
~ By Rebecca Reza ~
Fans can Listen Live to the AFCC here on race days: The women will kick-off the weekend of racing Saturday morning at 10:25 AM racing for 60 minutes, followed by the men at noon racing for 90 minutes. 76 riders will take the start, including L39ion of Los Angeles Kendall Ryan. The National Crit Champion returns as the defending champion, having swept the race winning both days and the omnium last year. Ryan defended her national crit title last season, and will be racing once again in the shadow of our nation’s capitol in the stars and stripes. “It’s really special winning in DC in the national jersey,” Ryan said after her win in 2022. “It’s probably the coolest feeling, everyone looking at you in awe in the American jersey.” Ryan will be fighting for her third title this weekend, after earning her first title in 2019.
A surprise pop-up on the preliminary roster is WorldTour veteran and 2017 Tour of Flanders Champion, Coryn Labecki. The Jumbo-Visma rider is back stateside ahead of the Pro Nationals later this month. Other riders to watch include Canadian Sprinter Sarah Van […]