A Workout Space for Hard-Core Pedaling

Neighborhood Joint

A series of articles profiling favorite local haunts.
What’s your neighborhood joint?

Seen from the street, the cycling studio at SoulCycle, at Third Avenue and 83rd Street, is a gleaming white glass box — said to be inspired by London’s White Cube gallery. “The corner buzzes for us,” said Julie Rice, one of the two owners.

The energy inside is palpable: sweaty and competitive. There is no talking. No cellphones. It’s about the music, the spinning flywheels and the discipline.

The race begins each Monday at noon, when online reservations open for the coming week’s quad-burning workouts. The bikes in the most dynamic instructors’ classes are often all booked within an hour.

“It is impossible to get into some of the hot classes taught by the best teachers,” lamented Richard Wagman, a real estate developer in his 40s who joked that his reservation strategy “involves three super computers registering at noon on Mondays.”

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