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Manayunk Bike Race on Sunday June 6


Manayunk Bike RaceTo some it's known as the Manayunk Bike Race, to others it's the day of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, but to cyclists it's known as "The Wall." At 9 a.m. Sunday morning, more than 150 cyclists will start on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and pedal their way along the 156-mile course. The course consists of 10 laps of a 14.4-mile circuit traveling west on the Parkway along Kelly Drive to Manayunk, where the course is nicknamed "The Wall" because of its incredibly steep incline. 

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This year marks the 26th event of the 156-mile TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship for men, which is the longest-running single-day cycling road race in the United States. It is also the 17th running of the 57.6-mile Liberty Classic for women. The men's race lasts approximately six hours and the women's 2 1/2 hours. 

Manayunk Bike RaceThere are a number of events going on along with the bike race, and a handful of great vantage points to watch. The best of both events and vantage points can be found at Mad River in Manayunk. To join in the festivities Sunday morning, Mad River Bar and Restaurant will be holding a first-rate fiesta complete with $1 beers, FREE breakfast sandwiches, and $3 bloody marys and mimosas. 

A beautiful vantage point, is the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Yes, cemetery. The gorgeously eerie, Victorian cemetery overlooks Kelly Drive with scenic landscaping and majestic sculptures. While enjoying the race, pick up a map from the Cemetery office for a self-guided venture of our grounds, or grab a brochure to take you through the free Cell Phone Tour. Laurel Hill will be open from 9:30am through 4:30pm this weekend. Free Parking is located in the lot across the street from the main entrance at 3822 Ridge Ave. For directions or additional information, visit the website at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org or call (215)228-8200.

Of course, there will be tons of detours around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Kelly Drive and in Manayunk. The enhanced SEPTA R6 service is the fastest, easiest way to get to the exciting event without the hassle of negotiating traffic and parking along the race route. For other detours and schedule information, check out www.septa.org.


Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC