Organizers Cancel Manayunk Bike Race
Race expected to return in 2014
A Manayunk tradition that has gone on for nearly three decades will be on hold in 2013.
The Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, better known in the area as the Manayunk Bike Race, has been cancelled for 2013, according to a release on the Pro Cycling Tour website.
The website's statement doesn't get into the specifics of why the race has been postponed this year, but does say that the "2014 event is expected to revive the traditional international race."
"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," said David Chauner, a former Olympic cyclist and one of the creators of the event. "The race is more than just about cycling; it reflects the spirit and passion of our region through all that have been involved and we are very excited that this adjustment in the calendar will make it even bigger than ever before and sustainable for years to come."