This Saturday I had the pleasure of celebrating the newest opening of Zengo Cycle at a media/VIP ride at Zengo Cycle Cathedral Commons. I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival for mooooonths because it is literally right in my backyard. I first reviewed Zengo Cycle about a year ago and 30+ rides later, I’d say I’m still hooked.
Cathedral Commons is a development of retail stores, restaurants and residential living in Northwest DC near the National Cathedral. The studio is located at 3308 Wisconsin Avenue on the 2nd floor situated next door to Pure Barre and Solidcore. This area is definitely not at a loss for fitness – so many options! Parking is accessible in the Cathedral Commons garage and they also offer validation. You can also find on street metered parking or residential side streets.
We entered the studio and were greeted by the amazing staff and PR team with balloons, cake pops, complimentary shoes and water. After poking around for a few minutes it was time to velcro up and clip in. Our class was led by Katherine H. It was my first time riding with her but all the instructors I’ve encountered at Zengo are fab-u-lous (though I ride most often with my personal favorite, Christy). Her playlist and choreography was high energy and what I come to expect from Zengo. The 50 minute class included a variety of jumps, presses, oblique twists, sprints, a 4-ish minute “Zen” song where the lights go out and it’s just you and your bike, followed by an arm circuit before finishing strong. I always leave completely sweaty, motivated and feeling the Zen this time was no exception.
Zengo Cathedral is outfitted with a different type of bike then its other studios. Where they are equipped with Scwhinn Authentic Cycles, this location boasts Stages Cycling Series bikes and they are amazing. It was easy to clip in/out, there are more options to adjust your position and the ride is smooth, smooth, smooth! The weight basket is also located behind you with 2 holders below for your water bottle. Seating is stadium style and the bikes are nicely spaced from one another limiting any chance of bumping into your neighbor.
Following our ride we took some photos, were given some swag and I checked out the digs some more (there are men’s and women’s locker rooms, private showers, separate shoe drop and combination locks). I thoroughly enjoyed the preview and will be taking up residence there again pretty darn soon! Zengo was also just recently voted Best Indoor Cycling Studio for 2016 by Washington City Paper.
Locals, if you’re looking to cycle I cannot recommend Zengo Cycle enough. There are 5 locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia to choose from: Mosaic District (VA), Kentlands (Gaithersburg, MD), Bethesda (MD), Logan Circle (DC) and now Cathedral Commons (DC). The first class for new riders is always free. It is honestly the most fun you will ever have on a bike and why it’s my absolute favorite in the area. I’ll be hosting a blogger ride very soon so stay tuned!!
What is your favorite way to sweat?