Organizers of the Philly International Bike Race say they are canceling the championship for this year and will postpone the famous race down the Manayunk Wall until next year.
According to NBC 10, this will be the first time in 28 years that the Philly Bike Race has been cancelled. Oganizers say they are hoping to “re-organize” the event with “new partners” and want to make the race even bigger next year. Former Olympic cyclist David Chauner, one of the event’s creators, stated that his colleagues were disappointed about the news but promised to make the race “the preeminent event the region deserves in 2014 and beyond.”
The Manayunk Development Corporation, which won’t see any of their annual economic stimulation from the high-profile event, released the following statement:
“The decision by the organizers of the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship to cancel the 2013 event caught us completely by surprise. We were given no inkling that there were any issues that would lead to the cancellation of this year’s race and we’re understandably stunned and saddened by their unilateral decision. For the past two years, the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC) has worked extremely hard and collaboratively with all parties to make the bike race a more family-friendly event and believe we succeeded in that goal. It has always been our desire to strike a true partnership with the race organizers for the benefit of the race, the spectators and the entire Manayunk community. We are reaching out today to race officials to determine if there may be a way of salvaging the 2013 event and to ensure that all future Philadelphia International Cycling Championships stay here in Manayunk, where they belong. Only this community has the iconic ‘Manayunk Wall’ and it’s not going anywhere. The MDC staff and board are exploring all options to either save the 2013 bike race or plug this one-year gap with a family-friendly event that will retain the excitement and spirit of the race. We will provide the press and public with details of these plans as they develop.”
Source: NBC 10 | Photos: R. Kennedy via GPTMC