Congressman Brady announces course for Philly Race
Race Organizers and Congressman Brady announce course for the new 2013 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic
New course features an exciting uphill finish at the top of the famed Manayunk Wall; Equal prize money for separate men’s and women’s pro races; the only UCI sanctioned women’s event in the US
Philadelphia, Pa. (March 26, 2013) — Race organizers along with Congressman Robert A. Brady today announced course details and a schedule of events for the city’s newest pro cycling event – the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. Scheduled for Sunday, June 2, the new “Philly race” features a fast 12-mile circuit course traveling through Manayunk, East Falls, Kelly Drive and Fairmount Park. The event will focus equally on the men’s and women’s teams with separate races and starting times.
For the first time in Philadelphia cycling history, the event’s prize money will be split equally with the men and women sharing a $60,000 total purse including $5,000 for the best climbers in the King of the Mountain/Queen of the Mountain competition. The women’s race begins at 8:30 a.m. and consists of a five lap, 60 mile circuit followed by the men’s 10 lap, 120-mile race at noon.
The most exciting new feature of the race is the placement of the start/finish line at the top of the famed Manayunk Wall. The uphill finish serves to generate more excitement for teams and spectators alike shifting more cycling action and drama to this iconic location on the course.
"Over the past few weeks I've learned a lot about professional cycling and the one thing I learned is that teamwork wins races. Well teamwork saved this race. As I said from the outset, 'as long as there is a wall in Manayunk, there will be a premier cycling race in Philadelphia,’" said Congressman Brady.
“We’re proud to be working so closely with the City of Philadelphia and Congressman Brady on the Parx Casino® Philly Cycling Classic. The new elements of this renowned race are the beginning of a new era and will surely add more excitement than ever for participants and spectators,” said Tony Ricci, CEO of Parx Casino®.
The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic is officially sanctioned by USA Cycling as a National Racing Calendar (NRC) tier 1 race and has received a 1.2 classification from the International Cycling Union (UCI). Additionally, the Philly race is the only UCI women’s pro race in the United States in 2013.
“For too long, women’s pro races played a secondary role to men’s events across the country. Following the new UCI pro license for women and the loss of several important women’s races in North America we wanted to take steps to even the playing field,” said race director Robin Morton. “This year, we are producing separate races and will be awarding, for the first time in Philly, equal prize money. With the new uphill finish, our goal is to continue to prove that Philadelphia is one of the top cycling cities in the United States for both men and women.”
To date, there are more than 20 teams committed to the race and there continues to be a positive consensus among them regarding a return to Philly and the course design.
“We are so glad that the long tradition of Philadelphia hosting a world class professional cycling race will continue,” said Sean Petty, Chief Operating Officer, USA Cycling. “And the addition of a finish at the top of the famed Manayunk Wall will add an entirely new dimension to the race and give it a ‘European classics’ flavor. It should be a spectacular finish!”
“The new circuit and finish should make for a more intense and potentially more difficult race and there will be a new dynamic and a new strategy for many of the competing teams,” said Ed Beamon, General Manager, Champion System Pro Cycling Team. “The Manayunk fans are world renown for their enthusiasm and energy and I’m sure it will be one of the most exciting and energy enthused finishes on the 2013 circuit.”
In addition to the pro races, the weekend will feature various community events including The Bicycling Open, an amateur ride benefitting the Cadence Cycling Foundation. Taking place Sunday morning, the ride allows amateur cyclists to tackle one loop of the course before the pros on Sunday morning.
The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic is operated by a community-based non-profit organization formed to organize and host the new world-class professional cycling race in Philadelphia beginning in 2013. Joining Parx Casino, is event founding sponsor New Penn Financial.
For more information, visit www.phillycyclingclassic.org.
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