TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship
One of the most prestigious single day bike races in North America
June 3, 2012
The world’s most competitive cyclists turn their sights on Philadelphia for the annual TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship every June, when about 300,000 fans line an arduous road course to watch hundreds of elite pro cyclists whip through some of Philadelphia’s most beautiful streets.
The scenic 14.7 mile course begins on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and takes riders down Kelly Drive, up the feared Manayunk Wall, a 17% grade hill rising sharply off the banks of the Schuylkill River and through Farimount Park before heading back to the finish line on the Parkway.
The race is a culmination of a weekend of related festivities that are great for the entire family.
Bicycling Magazine Open
For the first time in 28 years, the public will have the chance to ride the iconic course before the pros. The Bicycling Magazine Open offers serious amateurs and casual cyclists the chance to take up to three laps on the 14.7 mile Philadelphia Championship Road Course. Participating riders will receive a timing chip to record times for each complete lap, including times for the infamous Manayunk Wall.
The Bicycling Magazine Open will be held from 7 a.m.-10 a.m., before the pros take to the course. Be sure to stick to watch the top pros from 30 nations during the TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship and the women’s Liberty Classic.
To register or get more information, visit www.procyclingtour.com
Best Places To Watch
A selection of the best places to watch the race:
- The “Feed Zone” located near the start/finish line along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- The Family Fun Zone on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Along Main Street in Manayunk
- Along the Manayunk Wall
- Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park
- Along Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park
Race day means road closures and packed city streets, so public transportation is your best bet for getting to the feared Manayunk Wall and catching the thrilling finish on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Get unlimited travel on SEPTA on race day with the Independence Pass. Fares are $11.00 for an individual pass and $28.00 for the family pass (good for a family of up to five with one person, but no more than two, 18 years of age or older).
Click here for more information.
Book Your Stay
Make it a weekend vacation with our 2-night, money-saving hotel package. The Philly Overnight® Hotel Package gets you free hotel parking for two nights, upwards of a $75 value.
For more information about the race details, visit the Official website of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.
The Family Fun Zone
While you wait for the cyclists to return to the Parkway at the start of each lap, take a stroll on the “boardwalk” in TD Bank’s Family Fun Zone. From your favorite boardwalk rides and games to giveaways and delicious treats, the Family Fun Zone is totally FREE for everybody and sure to keep the entire family entertained.
Comcast SportsNet Coverage
Visit csnphilly.com/bike_race relive the highlights and great finish of the 2012 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.
In the neighborhood
1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
- Le Méridien Philadelphia
- The Windsor Suites Philadelphia
- The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel
- Sonesta Philadelphia
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Museums & Attractions
1 Boathouse Row
Lloyd Hall, a good starting point
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors
- Schuylkill River Trail
- Free Library of Philadelphia
- The Awesome Fest
- Henry J. Cadbury Library
- Made In America Music Festival
- The Comcast Center
- Government of the People
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Restaurants & Dining
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- Rose Tattoo Café
- Kite & Key
- West Tavern
- Campus Philly CollegeFest
- The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center
- Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too
- Capriccio at Cafe Cret
- Kelliann’s Bar & Grill
- McCrossen’s Tavern
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