Photo Credit: Jonathan Devich
Seventeen of the top women’s cycling teams from around the world are confirmed to compete in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, a 12.3-mile circuit through the City of Philadelphia on June 7. The one-day competition is a dynamic and selective course best known for the intense climb up the Manayunk Wall, the most historical climb in U.S. cycling history.
The women’s race, a UCI Road World Cup event and the first in the U.S. in 14-years, will complete 6 laps and over 73 miles, looping through some of Philadelphia’s favorite neighborhoods.
“This is an exciting year for Philadelphia with the upgrade to a UCI Road World Cup,” said Race Director Robin Morton. “We’re fortunate to have this level of women’s professional racing in the U.S. again.”
Powerhouse teams such as Velocio-SRAM (formerly Team Specialized-lululemon), which ranked second in the world last season, and Alé-Cipollini boast rosters with some of the most decorated women in the sport.
Expected to return this year is the 2013 & 2014 champion Evelyn (Evie) Stevens of the Belgian team Boels Dolmans and according to an interview earlier this year, Giorgia Bronzini of Great Britain’s Wiggle Honda also has her eye on the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.
Bronzini, the 2011 World Road Race Champion, has the most wins for her team over the last two years, with stage wins at such prestigious tours as the Giro Donne and the Tour de L’Ardeche.
The full list of women’s teams that will race June 7 includes:
ASTANA-Acca Due O
BePink La Classica
Bigla Pro Cycling
BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental Group
Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
BTC City Ljubljana
Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies
Pepper Palace p/b The Happy Tooth
TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
Velocio-SRAM Pro Cycling
“The City of Philadelphia is thrilled to bring the UCI Women’s Road World Cup back to the U.S.,” said Mayor Nutter. “It’s exciting to see the growth in women’s professional cycling and we are happy to once again award equal prize money for the men’s and women’s races.”
In addition to the pro races, the weekend will feature various community events. A few of the events include an amateur ride on the pro course, an expo in Roxborough, and community festivities in Manayunk, Roxborough, East Falls, and on Lemon Hill, featuring a fun atmosphere, bicycle raffles, and great vantage points to view the race and cheer for the pros.
The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic will once again award equal prize money for KOM, QOM, Best Sprinters, Best Young Riders, and the overall winners in each race. 2015 marks thirty years of professional cycling in the City of Philadelphia. Formore information, visit www.philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com.
Well played Philly. Well played.