About Our Series
For over a decade now, the Potomac Velo Club (PVC) has been hosting the greatest mid-day race series on the East Coast. Called simply “Wednesdays at Wakefield”, this mountain bike event takes over the single-track of Wakefield Park on — you guessed it– each Wednesday evening.
Over 200 riders find a way to get off work early for four spectacular weekdays of racing starting on June 24th. Pitched as a race “in your own backyard”, Wednesdays at Wakefield (W@W) features a very down-home and earthy venue, with none of the fancy frills normal race promoters, seem to need these days. Instead, PVC keeps the price extremely low ($20 a race) so that W@W is more about riding and less about t-shirts and pizza. But don’t let that give you the wrong impression.
PVC has done more racing in their 20+ year history then most of the Wednesday riders will do in a lifetime. And they show this through a simplified, yet highly organized event, that allows for enough riding categories to give everyone a fighting chance.
“PVC keeps the price extremely low ($20 a race) so that W@W is more about riding and less about t-shirts and pizza”
PVC puts their entire club to work with an all volunteer staff so that all top 3 finishers receive excellent prizes. To show that PVC is also a respected club throughout the USA Cycling, IMBA, and MABRA communities, they award top 3 Expert (both Men’s and Women’s) riders a cash purse, something very few local races can brag about. So if you’re interested in hanging out with the local mountain bike scene, but want to race with riders that have both regional and national championships under their belt, come on down to Wednesdays at Wakefield.
Both New Riders and Experienced Racers Welcome
Wednesdays at Wakefield is a great venue to experience good, clean mountain bike racing. PVC prides itself in an event that is both safe and fair, and breaks the categories down to such a level, that every skill level can find a race that fits. Although the Northern Virginia mountain bike community tends to police itself, sandbaggers are an inevitable part of local cycling sport. Fortunately, most riders know one another enough to make sure a sandbagger doesn’t spoil the fun. With our rebuilt course for 2016 (approx. 5.0-miles per lap), most experienced riders will find the need to race more than just 1 or 2 laps.
“At Wakefield, you get the chance to turn trails you ride for fun on a quiet Saturday morning, into your very own mid-week race course”
To accommodate this, PVC has built category system (based on the USA Cycling categories) that allows for a category for just about every skill level.
Don’t like gears? Race Single Speed with some of the fastest one-year junkies in the DC area.
Do you out-size your fellow racers 2 to 1? Then the Clydesdale category is big enough for you to race with fellow powerhouses.
Faster than a Beginner, but too slow to be an Expert? Then Masters and Sport is where you should be, where your fellow “mid-pack” riders get to slog it out with others of just enough equal skill.
Never raced a mountain bike in your life? Then welcome to Beginners! Don’t worry, you will have plenty of company, because as a beginner at Wednesdays at Wakefield, you get the chance to turn the trails you ride for fun on a quiet Saturday morning, into your very own mid-week race course!
And don’t forget the grand finally. During every Wednesday night race, the Experts — riders who can complete a lap in sub-16 minute intervals — get to face off starting at 6:55 PM! Top mountain bike team riders from Sky, Trek, and Cannondale (to mention just a few) have all been “sighted” racing at this event.
You just never know who will show up this year!
Four Wednesday Races makes for One Great Series
Wednesdays at Wakefield is not just a few races, it is an epic race series! Some come for one or two events, some even complete three. But for those that are driven, winning the four-race series comes with its own set of prizes! Every place you earn (between 1st and 13th) in the W@W series gives you points towards the Series Championship.
WAW Series Points Scale
“Math is on your side with W@W Series points”
Riders who win the most cumulative race points in each category can claim one of the top 3 places in the series. We rank riders from 1st to 13th place, giving those who race in all four races a better chance at claiming enough points to beat that 1st place rider.
You know, that one that only showed up once? Yeah!
Math is on your side with W@W Series points. You may finish in between 4th and 13th every race, but by racing all four races in the series, your point totals could be enough to take the Series. So do not miss a single race if you are on the hunt to be a Wednesdays at Wakefield Series Champion!
Series Points are awarded to the following places during each race:
- 1st Place = 25
- 2nd Place = 18
- 3rd Place = 13
- 4th Place = 10
- 5th Place = 9
- 6th Place = 8
- 7th Place = 7
- 8th Place = 6
- 9tht Place = 5
- 10th Place = 4
- 11th Place = 3
- 12th Place = 2
- 13th Place = 1
- 14th Place = 0