CITY GEARS UP FOR COMMERCE BANK PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Live television coverage, 45 international pro teams (25
men’s teams, 20 women’s), over 300,000 fans, sponsor pavilions, and
parties and picnics at every turn around the 14-mile circuit make
Plus Commerce Bank, Pro Cycling Tour, the event organizers of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling, and other major sponsors have joined forces to create a series of fun experiences and activities leading up to race day. Here’s what you can look forward to and participate in:
FRIDAY, JUNE 6th , 11 A.M. - 12 NOON
Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling Parade, Rally and Concert
If you’re in Center City on Friday, June 6 at lunchtime, be
on the lookout for riders, team cars, media vehicles and more as they kick-off
the Philadelphia race with a parade around town. Beginning at 11 a.m., cyclists representing
the best of the world’s pro teams will ride caravan-style through
FRIDAY, JUNE 6th AT 6 P.M.
CSC Manayunk Hill Climb
Are you up for the challenge? The now infamous Manayunk Wall with its 17%
grade is calling you! Join in the fun as
fellow cyclists test their legs and try to conquer the concrete beast. One of CSC’s Pro Cycling Team riders will set
the pace by establishing “a time to beat” at 6 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on
SATURDAY, JUNE 7th AT 7 A.M.
Amateur Time Trial Challenge
It’s you against the clock.
Log in your best time on this five-mile course that will take you from
the foot of the Art Museum out along
SUNDAY, JUNE 8th -- RACE DAY
7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Commerce Bank WOW! Family Fun Ride
Open to family members 12 and older, riders can get a
preview of what the international cycling stars will experience by joining in
this early morning fun. Recreational
cyclists, amateur racers, and families alike can take advantage of this
once-a-year chance to ride the entire closed race course – the same one that
the pros will compete on just hours later.
Riders can register in advance at www.bikereg.com
or they can register beginning at 6 a.m. at the main staging area at
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Commerce Bank Family Fun Zone
While you wait for the cyclists to return to the Parkway at the start of each lap, take a stroll on the “boardwalk” in Commerce Bank’s Family Fun Zone. From your favorite boardwalk rides and games to giveaways and delicious treats, the Family Fun Zone is totally FREE for everybody and sure to keep the entire family entertained. The Fun Zone is located at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in close proximity to the start/finish line, and will be open for the duration of the race; so feel free to visit early or late, or stay all day!
Some of the Commerce Bank Family Fun Zone activities include: live bands and a DJ, Dance Dance Revolution, skee ball, virtual reality surf machines and roller coaster ride, Scrambler, various photo booths, roving entertainment, games for kids and adults, and plenty of food and giveaways.
While you’re at the Family Fun Zone, feel free to sign the race day pledge to “go green!” For each signature received, Commerce Bank will donate $1, up to $10,000, to the Fairmount Park Commission.
Triple Crown Lifestyle Expo
Expo tents will be brimming with exciting offerings (just across from Eakins Oval) on race day. There is no charge to enter the expo area which will be open to the public and will feature food, entertainment, product sampling and the latest goods and services from the health and fitness industry.
Start of Commerce
Start of Commerce
11:45 am (approx.)
Junior PCT Grand Prix
Be sure to check out the sport’s next generation of stars --
Junior riders 14 to 18 years-old who have qualified to compete in the Grand
Prix. They’ll tear around the loop between
12 noon (approx -- immediately following the start of Lap 6 for the pro men)
Cadence Cycling Foundation Youth Tour – Time Trial
Philadelphia kids ages 9-18 will take to the Ben Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street to ride in a 200-meter, straight-line time trial as part of the Cadence Cycling Foundation’s (CCF) Youth Tour. The participating youth are from Philly’s inner-city neighborhoods, and they’ve been training all winter and spring for this opportunity on cycling’s main stage – cheer them on! The mission of CCF is to promote widespread participation in youth cycling.
For more information on these activities and additional race week information, log on to www.procyclingtour.com.
Be A Race Day VIPTo experience race day from the comfort of the exclusive Champions Club on Eakins Oval, go to www.procyclingtour.com to purchase VIP tickets for the very best in race day accommodations and transportation.
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