Sunday, June 7, 2009

The bike race in Philadelphia right in front of the nest

Below is some information about the pro bike race in Philadelphia today. There will be thousands and thousands of fans lining the Ben Franklin Parkway immediately in front of the Franklin Institute and the nest.

When Miss Piggy was on her statue yesterday prior to her rescue, she was about 30 feet away from the Parkway where the cyclists will be racing today.

Today will be very noisy and disruptive for Portico and his sis. Let's hope they can handle the excitement.

June 7, 2009 marks the 25th running of the Philadelphia International Championship. Sponsored by TD Bank and presented by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the 156-mile classic remains the longest running and most important single-day cycling road race in the United States.

The cyclists complete 10 laps of a 14.4-mile circuit that links the majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway with the hillside community of Manayunk, site of the legendary Manayunk Wall, named by Pro Cycling Tour’s David Chauner and Jerry Casale, a steep half-mile cruncher that has become a Philadelphia icon and favorite spot for race watchers. The pros will finish with three laps of Lemon Hill and Logan Circle, having logged 156 miles total in one of the biggest special sporting events in the country.

The day also includes the Liberty Classic with more than 100 professional, international women cyclists competing. The 57.6-mile race consists of four laps of a 14.4-mile circuit through Philadelphia with four steep climbs up the grueling Manayunk Wall. The Liberty Classic is held during the men’s International Championship on the same course.


  1. Thanks for the update, sunnydixie! Did anyone ever tell you you'd make a great reporter? :-)

  2. No, I hadn't heard that! But thanks for the compliment.

  3. Della, you may have a second career looming!