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 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."

From the website:

"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."

Read the full statement here.


Rocky Shanks January 21, 2013 at 08:15 PM
And The Big Cat is right again! I've seen just as many older people make fools of themselves as younger people, and the majority of the younger crowd is still in college. They at least have that as a reason for not knowing any better. I've had my house robbed, my car broken into, witnessed ridiculous car accidents and seen fights inside and outside of bars all over the area. That said, the only time of year when I know people aren't fighting and are, for the most part, at their best in their relationship with their neighbors, is Bike Race. Mike and Tracy are amongst the very few people who are happy to see it canceled. Knowing my home town and my fellow people here, we'll find a way to come together that weekend to enjoy life with or without bikers. Hopefully, the few grumpy people that don't want to take part will go down the shore that weekend.
Mike Karl January 21, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Rocky, please re-read. I request that you remove the words that you put in my mouth. I'm not happy the race is canceled. I'm indifferent. I'm more appalled at the "us vs. them" mentality of this whole thread. BOTH sides of this discussion have truths, but unfortunately BOTH wrongly attempt to embellish their point or belittle the other. And sadly, there is one thing that you all can agree on - and no one sees it through the fog of their arguments.
J. Lap. January 21, 2013 at 08:37 PM
but cat you must be a young adult or you wouldnt be taking offense to this. you sound as if this is a daily occurance for you to drive up and down ridge ave looking for a bunch of older adults leaving a bar drunk, are you looking for a place to park to go into your favorite establishment or are you a police officer, i dont do that stuff. i have better things to do with my time. next time you see a person drunk getting ready to drive any vehicle, call the police, your gonna save lives doing so. back to the bike race. basically thats what the bike race is cat younger crowds of people drinking, i know cause ive been going for the last 3 decades, and believe it or not cat not 1 beer or drink needed for me to watch all the action. do you go to the bike race at all??? do you live in this area, if so for how long. we "locals" know what to expect when the bike race weekend comes around, thats why i have my views and you have yours. i know alot of younger adults, and when i speak to them about the bike race, the answer always is party party party. i have no problem with that cat but please control yourselves clean up your bottles cups cans and trash and please use the portable restrooms provided by the city to use, and go home at the end of the day. thank you.
Debbie Thomas January 21, 2013 at 09:21 PM
To the Roxborough/Manayunk residents who continually whine about renters. It could be much much worse. You could have Section 8 tenants renting out the houses. I realize that drunk college students urinating and puking on sidewalks is awful. However, an increase in violent crimes like sexual assault and homicide that subsidized renters seem to bring along is far far worse. I agree with some of what Big Cat has posted and I also agree with Tony Bianco. Many people who rent or attend the bike race like the area so much that they decide to buy homes here. I am very disappointed that the race is being cancelled. I am hopeful that it will return in some form in 2014.
Debbie Thomas January 21, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Agree 100% with you.
Debbie Thomas January 21, 2013 at 09:24 PM
I feel the same way :(
Debbie Thomas January 21, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Wow, sorry I missed her comment. It must have been a doozy. Let me guess though. It went something like this. New residents ruined the area, renters ruined the area, young professionals are ruining the area.....yadda yadda yadda.
Debbie Thomas January 21, 2013 at 09:28 PM
The exactly same thing happens at the Mummers Parade, the 4th of July Celebration and other big events in the city. Guess they should be cancelled too going by your criteria.
Debbie Thomas January 21, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Yes there are plenty of places go to for the day and get away from the bike race. Don't want to drive......then take the train or one of the many bus routes that run in the area. Hang out at the mall, go see the Liberty Bell.....just do something besides whine about a bike race that only happens once a year.
Debbie Thomas January 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM
You don't think Section 8 tenants have multiple cars in one family? On yeah 4 o 5 cars taking up space on a street is far far worse than violent crime. FYI, I am not a renter. I bought a house in the neighborhood 10 years ago. Honestly some of the long time residents in Roxborough and Manayunk are just as bad as those in Point Breeze. They would rather see their neighborhood stay as it is rather than gentrifying and becoming a place where young professionals want to live. Maybe someone can explain that mentality to me, because I sure cannot figure it out.
Debbie Thomas January 21, 2013 at 11:29 PM
I'm not from Point Breeze. I was using Point Breeze as a comparison. I would like to offer you one suggestion, Jozeppy. Seek help about your hostility towards people who are not long timers or do not meet your criteria. I am here to stay and with all of the new construction going on around here, I don't see the influx of new resident ending any time soon.
Kevin January 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM
psssst, Jozeppy... the crime isn't being committed by someone pursuing an advanced degree at St Joes or buying a $400K townhome... it's being committed by the little derelict, wannabe gangsters that you've 'laid down roots and raised here'
rich January 22, 2013 at 01:08 AM
New Flash Debbie, there are plenty of section 8 houses in Manayunk and Roxborough. The drunk idiots ruin the race and they cannot get a sponsor for it. There is also sexual assault and homicide in our area, so maybe do a little research before commenting.
Kevin January 22, 2013 at 02:27 AM
awww I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. i'm sorry. pleeez dont beat me up
Kevin January 22, 2013 at 02:52 AM
yeah. jealous?
Kevin January 22, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I really look forward to the bike race every year, so this news saddens me deeply. Hopefully the organizers will be able to find new sponsors and make the 2014 race bigger and better than ever.
The Big Cat January 22, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Rich, how many homicides have there been in manayunk in the last 5 years? The correct answer is one and it was a man who killed his wife. No young adults. You do the research pal.
rich January 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Kevin January 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM
why u so angry?
Kevin January 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM
stay classy Donna
R January 22, 2013 at 01:57 PM
R January 22, 2013 at 01:58 PM
R January 22, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I was a former renter, former bike race partier, now homeowner (5+ years) Bike race is an inconvenience for some, certainly. Red cups, beer bottles, drunk "kids", loud parties..i get it. But this is 1 weekend a year! This section of the city is so isolated from "real" city probs, I cant believe this is what people complain about. As others noted, without renters/young professionals the home values in this area would be depressed and attract less desirable homeowners and renters. Without this group of college kids and yuppies you lose the disposable income that fuels local businesses and restaurants. Not to mention the REVENUE the race brings to the area and city as a whole. And what about the plain old fact that its FUN. Every year "locals/townies" complain to no end about the bike race and afterwards the ACTUAL police reports are minimal at best.
The Big Cat January 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Oh you're right. I just saw the stats back to 2097 and there was 3 (the lowest of all the districts). You're a joke dude. Why don't you go grab another olde English 40 in a paper bag and roam Ridge Avenue.
rich January 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM
BIG CAT you must have a nice dolorean, 2097? BTW, i enjoy the bike race but this event has become a black eye for our area. Manayunk brew pub, Winne's Le bus and other restaurants close at noon on the day of the bike race . State and local police are out shutting down all the nuisance party houses . R, you can buy a house in manayunk for $135000-$150.000. what a joke . I live now where near the ridge av and i drink red wine ,no not mad dog.
Kevin January 23, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Oooooo burn! Dolorean! Your comedic prowess is overwhelming... The biggest black eye for this area are all the uneducated, pill popping, meth zombie roxborough lifers, not an international cycling championship.
kevin January 23, 2013 at 05:43 PM
When this comment section hits 88 posts, your gonna see some serious shit!
rich January 24, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Is that a threat?
kevin January 24, 2013 at 01:31 AM
No it's a paraphrased quote from the movie "Back to the Future", relating to the delorean line you said, and you are officially an idiot for mistaking that for a threat.
rich January 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM
There is only one person i know that gets this emotional about manayunk .


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