Harpoon Indoor Time Trial

Cycling and beer go well together. Nobody seems to know that better than the folks at Harpoon Brewery in Boston. The Harpoon Indoor Time Trial takes place two weeks from Saturday, providing a great mid-winter goal for many competitive cyclists and recreational riders alike.

Though I’m not a competitive racer, I raced in the first Harpoon ITT last year. The event provided great motivation for off-season training and provided a good mid-winter personal training assessment and baseline.

It was a lot of fun too. The folks at Harpoon did a great job with all the logistics, from sign-up to warm up to the racing action. Fast Splits provided two 8-unit banks of Computrainers so 16 racers were able to compete in each heat. Real-time action was projected onto two large screens overhead. A DJ kept music pumping while a live announcer shouted play-by-play and encouragement for all the racers. It was a really great, fun scene, all taking place right in the middle of the brewery.

The brewery also has a working bar, and there’s nothing better than a cold, fresh beer after an intense ride. Two free beers were included with each race registration.

This year the event is taking place on a Saturday instead of a Sunday, and the schedule is shifted to run from the afternoon into the evening. This format should make it even better. They’ve also organized the heats a little differently in order to group the most competitive pro, collegiate, and club teams together.

Find out the rest of the details by checking out the event web page here. Also check out my post on last year’s event, which includes a photo from the race floor.

Photo Credit: bdjsb7