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2013 Philly Bike Race Canceled

The race, best known for its climb up the Manayunk wall, will return in 2014.

 

The Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, a major event for Manayunk and surrounding communities, is cancelled for this year, according to NBC10.

Race organizers announced they are skipping the 2013 race to reorganize with new partners for a bigger race in 2014. This is the first time in 28 years that event, which brings out thousands of spectators, has been canceled.

The race, best known for the half-mile climb un the Manayunk wall, has been thought to contribute to the economic revival of the Manayunk community, according to event organizers.

"We are disappointed that we must remove the race from the calendar in 2013, but we feel that we will be able to reorganize with new partners and make this the preeminent event the region deserves in 2014 and beyond," David Chauner, former Olympic cyclist and an event creator said in a statement.

Adam Young January 22, 2013 at 03:09 AM
If they don't have the "partners" to support what was supposed to be some sort of premier cycling event, that means that no one is interested in it anymore. Under a capitalist economic system, a business that can't support itself is supposed to die off.
Curmudgeon January 22, 2013 at 06:05 AM
This race started as a regional race with only a few "top notch" cyclists. It drew large crowds then. Wouldn't a couple local business, ie Comcast, Verizon, PARX, Sugarhouse, help to fund a smaller version this year to keep the tradition going. OR MAYBE THEY CAN'T FIND ANY CLEAN CYCLISTS?? Let Lance run!!! think of the controversy and crowds!!!

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