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The City of Philadelphia today announced that the annual Philadelphia International Cycling Classic (PICC) will “take a break” in 2017, which includes the Women’s WorldTour event that had been slated for June 4.
“Regrettably, even after extensive fundraising efforts, we were not able to find enough sponsors interested in covering the $1 million cost of the bike race to host it this year,” said representatives from the City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s office.
The race featuring the infamous Manayunk Wall and Lemon Hill has been an iconic event in American racing since 1985, and many will be sad to see it go. As an official World Cup and Women’s WorldTour event, The Philly Cycling Classic has drawn some of cycling’s biggest stars over the years, which provided a rare opportunity for an American fans. Last year’s event, won by Women’s WorldTour leader Megan Guarnier, followed a few weeks after the Women’s Tour of California, making it a worthwhile block of racing for Europeans coming overseas.
“We were saddened to learn that the Philadelphia Cycling Classic will not be returning in 2017,” USA Cycling’s Vice President of National Events Micah Rice said. “This event has been a cornerstone of the US professional racing landscape for over three decades. While it is the nature of major events to sometimes run their course, we are excited about the overall health of the US domestic racing calendar and the addition of other quality races. We hope that the City of Philadelphia will be able to bring back this prestigious event in the future.”
As it stands now, there is a gap in the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar as there will be no racing between the 3+ weeks that separate Amgen Women’s Tour of California in May and the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain.