As was reported earlier this week, the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic was cancelled for 2017, leaving the future of the race in serious question.
The race, well-known throughout the world for the unique “Manayunk Wall” climb, was a 12.3 mile circuit that traveled through Manayunk, East Falls, Fairmount Park and Kelly Drive.
Unfortunately, according to press reports, the City was not able to find enough sponsors to host it this year, to pay for the police and other services.
Last time the event was cancelled, the City and Congressman Bob Brady were able to negotiate a deal to bring a race back to Philadelphia. Today, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is calling upon the City to reconsider the cancellation of the race and find a solution to bring it back this June.
The Race is a terrific event that draws tourists from around the world and millions of dollars of revenue. The race puts Philadelphia on the map as a world class city for road cycling and racing.
That’s why we’ve set up this petition. Sign it and let Philadelphia’s political leadership know that you support finding a way to bring back the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic this year.