This Sunday, June 2, hundreds of bicyclists head for the hills of Manayunk to participate in the Philly Cycling Classic presented by Parx Casino.
The race is an updated take on the former Manayunk Bike Race, and is set to create the same excitement and energy along the bike course in Manayunk, along the Schuylkill River and in Fairmount Park, but includes a few changes this year as well.
Take note, the race starts and finishes at the Manayunk Wall, adding an extra dose of excitement as racers end the final stretch of the at the steep incline. This year’s race spans a 12-mile circuit instead of last year’s 14.4-mile circuit; the race ends before nearing the art museum section of Fairmount Park.
Twenty five men’s teams and twenty women’s teams are slated to participate.
The women’s race begins at 8:30 a.m. and consists of 5 laps totaling 60 miles, and the men’s race begins at noon and consists of 10 laps totaling 120 miles.
Read on for more on the Philly Cycling Classic.
• Bicycling Magazine Open: After a successful (and challenging) event last year, the public will once again have the chance to ride the iconic course before the pros. The Bicycling Magazine Open offers amateurs and casual cyclists the chance to take on the course.
Participants who finish the race receive an official time, gift bag and breakfast after the ride.
The Bicycling Magazine Open will be held from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., before the pros take to the course. Feeling brave? Click here to register.
• Best Places to Watch: By far the best place to catch the peddling is along the Manayunk Wall. The Wall offers the best vantage point for watching the race, with unbeatable proximity to the riders. You can practically high-five them as they bike up the hill.
Now would be a good time to leverage any friend connections in Manayunk; the house parties are a great home base for starting your race-watching.
If you can’t score a spot at the start and finish line at the Manayunk Wall, try viewing from Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park, East Falls Bike Race Block Party, along Main Street in Manayunk as well as various spots along Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park (note: you’ll have to walk, as Kelly Drive will be closed to traffic during the race).
• East Falls Bike Race Block Party: At Midvale Avenue and Kelly Drive, a celebration known as the East Falls Bike Race Block Party erupts for spectators to cheer on cyclists.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. live music and a variety of offerings from food trucks abound. Be sure to bring the youngsters, face painting, arts and crafts and a rock wall start off the list of kid-friendly activities.
• How to Get There: Parking is available at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Shuttles will run a loop from 23rd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Art Museum, from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
Check below for the full race map.
Parx Casino’s Philly Cycling Classic
When: Sunday, June 2
Where: Spectator areas line the entire course, stretching from Manayunk to Lemon Hill
More info: www.phillycyclingclassic.org