New interactive cycling facility to open downtown
Sacramento, get ready to ride. A new cycling workout facility is launching at the 700 block of K Street in downtown Sacramento across from Golden 1 Center.
All City Riders will offer an immersive workout experience featuring 30 stationary bikes set up in front of a 20-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall video wall that will play first-person footage of rides through the streets and trails of Sacramento, as well as through cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Paris, and all the stages of the Tour de France with themed music fueling each energetic class.
“Imagine lights are flashing, music is loud; it’s going to give the rider an experience that is very similar to being outside riding in a particular environment,” says owner Bryan Washington, who also founded The Academy Training and Performance Center in downtown Sacramento.
The 2,200-square-foot modern, industrial space—which Washington, 39, hopes to open by late March—is located on the upper floor of a building that previously housed the clothing store Joe Sun & Company. The front stairway to All City Riders will mimic a subway system entry with neon signage and urban photos of bike messengers riding through the streets of Sacramento.
Washington says that unlike at most “rhythm classes” á la Soul Cycle and other popular spin gyms, the instructors at All City Riders will be part of the group facing the video screen instead of the class. Most classes will be about 45 minutes long, with 90-minute, more intense rides offered on the weekends and special themed classes with music videos from the likes of MTV’s Total Request Live. The facility will use Schwinn AC Performance Plus bikes (which Washington calls the “Cadillac of indoor bikes”) and will accommodate all fitness levels, from beginner to avid cyclists.
Washington is most excited about the technology going into All City Riders’ video—which is being captured via GoPro-clad cyclists and bike messengers—and its Bluetooth-enabled system that will allow participants to track data on their speed, RPM and calories burned for each class. Members can also choose to create an avatar that will appear on the screen during a ride and “compete” with other classmates for top position on virtual races.
Washington’s father, an avid bicyclist who once rode a cross-country trek with Lance Armstrong, inspired him to open the new facility, which he calls his flagship location, citing the dream of eventually expanding his Sacramento-born company.
“Sacramento is a biking community, so I really wanted to bring the city something new and exciting like this,” Washington says. “Our growing downtown culture encapsulates everything I want this company to be.”
708 K St. facebook.com/TheAllCityRiders
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