sunday, june 3rd is this year's pro cycling tour philadelphia
international championship and once again i (and my entourage) will
be going to watch the 124 mile race. we'll be riding from valley forge to fairmount
park via the schuykill river bike path and am inviting you to join us!
last year we had what i believe was the biggest group ever meeting at valley
forge park and doing the ride into and out of the city of brotherly love - and
from all the chatter i have been hearing about this year, i expect this year's
group to be even larger.
they have shortened the race to 124 miles and have a little later start so great,
we don't have to get up as early. here is the itinerary i plan to follow:
- leave home around 8a and meet in valley forge.
- park your car (directions below!) at valley forge park and prepare to ride.
- start the ride around 930 and arrive in manayunk just in time to see the riders
on their first lap.
- we'll walk up "the wall" and watch the race for a lap or two (woman's race
starts a few minutes behind the men), then off to downtown thru fairmount park
- watch the race at lemon hill and buy (or beg, borrow, or steal) something to eat
and drink - there is always a huge crowd on lemon hill. probably the phila bike club
will have their food stand set up again.
- ride to the bike expo near the art museum and check that out for awhile
- and since we are so close to the belgian cafe, we'll make our traditional visit to 21st and green
for a quick visit and a belgian beer! (try to bring a bike lock if you have one).
- after which we will return to fairmount park and and try to get to manayunk brewing in time to
watch the race finish on tv.
- then ride back to valley forge.
we're not riding the whole time - many places the police make you
get off your bike and walk it when you're forced onto the crowded
sidewalks to stay off the race course. SO PLAN ON SOME WALKING AND HAVE
AN ALTERNATIVE TO CLEATED BIKE SHOES. (i will ride my fixie and will wear touring
spd type bike shoes. it would be better to wear running shoes and ride with your pedals
upside down than to plan on walking around in cleats all day.)
the bike path is about 14 miles (one way) from valley forge to
manayunk, is very flat, has no hills and no auto traffic - however
there will be 100's of bicyclists as i'm not the only one that does
this ride. any type of bike is fine - i've done it on a mountain
bike, road bike, a tandem, and fixed gear - so don't think you need
something fancy - in fact the cheaper and uglier it looks, the less
likely to have it stolen! (which i've never seen happen, but if you
have a lock you might want to bring it).
the parking lot at valley forge is very easy to find - you don't
even need a map. just take the turnpike to valley forge exit, be sure
to take a toll lane on the far right side then make first possible
right exit about 50 yards beyond the toll. stay on that road about 1
mile until you reach the valley forge national park (on the left),
enter the park, turn right, go all the way down the hill to the large
*** please note *** - last year i think i changed 4 or 5 flats for riders in
our group on the way to fairmount park. if you're bringing a bike you haven't
ridden in a little while, might be a good idea to check it out and make sure
all is ok before that sunday morning! and as always, if you need any help, please
don't hesitate to call - i'll do what i can to help in any way.
further race info - http://www.procyclingtour.com/
bike path map - http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1017473
questions? - feel free to email me directly. please join us, the
more the merrier!