Philadelphia, February 11, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia’s annual professional cycling race has been renamed the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and will be produced by race operator G4 Productions. The Cycling Classic, which will be on Sunday, June 7, 2015, will feature an amateur course ride and men’s and women’s professional races. Information on the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is available on its website: www.PhiladelphiaInternationalCyclingClassic.com.
“Philadelphia has been home to one of the nation’s most thrilling and competitive cycling races for 30 years. I am overjoyed that our great cycling tradition is continuing as the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and I am looking forward to G4 Production’s operation and focus on spectator and participant experience in this year’s race,” said Mayor Nutter. “The Cycling Classic joins a long list of our Administration’s efforts to strengthen Philadelphia’s thriving cycling community, including expanding the city’s network of bike lanes to more than 200 miles, forming the Philadelphia Bicycle Advocacy Board, which advises my Administration on ways to promote and protect recreational and professional cycling in Philadelphia, and establishing the City’s bike share program – Indego. With all this and more, Philadelphia is truly a world-class cycling destination.”
The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic’s women’s professional race will be a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned Women’s World Cup event – the only one in the United States and the first since 2001. USA Cycling, which oversees all competitive cycling events in the United States, worked with the City to bring the Women’s World Cup event to the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.
“Philadelphia’s 30 year history of producing this amazing one-day cycling classic is tremendously important to the nation’s pro cycling community and to USA Cycling,” said Steve Johnson, President and CEO, USA Cycling. “Notably, the equal prize money given to both the men’s and women’s winners is almost unheard of and helped the city stand apart when the UCI was planning the 2015 Women’s World Cup.”
For more information on UCI and the Women’s World Cup, log on to http://www.uci.ch/.