Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic
Inaugural bike race highlighting the famous Manayunk Wall
June 2, 2013
Professional and amateur cyclists alike will have the opportunity to tackle the infamous “Manayunk Wall” during the inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic.
The new race features a 12-mile circuit course winding riders through Manayunk, East Falls, Kelly Drive and Fairmount Park. The start/finish line sits atop the Manayunk Wall, creating a dramatic end to the race as riders push up the grueling 17% grade hill.
The event will focus equally on the men’s and women’s teams with separate races and starting times. The women’s race begins at 8:30 am and consists of a five lap, 60 mile circuit followed by the men’s 10 lap, 120 mile race at noon.
For the first time in Philadelphia cycling history, the $60,000 race purse will be split evenly between men and women. A special $5,000 award will be given to the top riders in the King/Queen of the Mountain competition.
Places to Watch
- The start/finish line near the top of The Wall on Lyceum Ave
- Along Main Street in Manayunk (The Sprint Spot is on Main St. at Cotton St.)
- Along the Manayunk Wall
- Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park
- Along Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park (The Feed Zone is located near the permanent bleachers in the River Parking Lot)
- Boathouse Row near Kelly Drive and Sedgely Drive
Amateur cyclists will have a chance to test their abilities and preview the new course during the Bicycling Open, held prior to the Philly Cycling Classic.
Registered riders can attempt as many laps as possible in the allotted time, complete with official chip timing, free breakfast and an opportunity to ride with the Cadence Cycling Foundation. Click here for more information and to see available packages.
Parking will be at a premium, so get your prime spot on the Manayunk by taking SEPTA Regional Rail to Manayunk Station.
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