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HandleBar and Spoked Bikes & Stuff are bringing back “BikeBlitz Indoor Sprints” (formerly known as “GoldSprints”) on Wednesday evenings at HandleBar.

The game is easy: Two challengers hop on stationary bikes and pedal like crazy. A computer program simulates a 250-meter sprint, and the participants’ progress is projected onto a giant screen for spectators. The “race” takes around 15 seconds to complete, the simulation declares a winner and the next two contestants step up for their turn.

The winner of the race gets a free beer, and the fastest rider for the evening will win a gift certificate to Spoked Bikes & Stuff and bragging rights. The event is fun, free, informal and open to everyone.

“This event is definitely for anyone, regardless of bike experience, and is not ‘serious training’ by any means,” said Tatyana Telnikova, owner of HandleBar. “It’s more about fun, free beer and lighthearted competition between friends. Most of the time players are in jeans and winter boots. It’s great!”

The launch party for BikeBlitz will take place at the HandleBar on Friday, November 13, and thereafter the sprints will take place every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m.