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by Mark Zalewski
January 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Costa wins in mountains, Mollema moves into lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Gaviria doubles wins in Vuelta a San Juan, stage 4; Wellens makes it two for Lotto-Soudal at Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana; Hidden motor inventor says he received $2 million in 1998 for exclusivity deal; “I can’t get my head around it:” Cavendish says worlds result still hard to understand; Women’s cyclocross worlds: the highly anticipated finale to a stellar season; Trek CXC Cup elevated to World Cup status, will offer equal payout for men’s and women’s events; UCI releases 2017-18 cyclocross calendar, changes to World Cup; Vuillermoz out with back injury after car crash; Philadelphia Classic cancelled for 2017; Irvine’s racing return delayed due to UCI testing pool requirements; Cylance sponsors The Women’s Tour and The Tour of Britain; Drunk driver given 10 days in jail for killing cyclist; USA Cycling partners with Bike Law; Indoor velodrome planned for Detroit; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race trailer; Video: Amateur was predicted to beat world champ at 2016 Trek CX Cup.
Organisers announced Friday that the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic (PICC) will “take a break” in 2017, ending a longstanding tradition of pro racing that dates back to 1985, and for many years served as the U.S. professional road championships, as well as a UCI World Cup event for women.
The tight turn under the railroad viaduct comes just before the ‘Manayunk Wall.’
“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 Jazelle Jones, Deputy Managing Director-Office of Special Events.
“The decision did not come easy for the City of Philadelphia,” said Race Director Robin Morton of g4 Productions, “We’ve been moving forward with plans for the race and changes to the course for months. We are keeping our hopes high for PICC to return next year.”
The current version of the race began in 2013 when the organisation of the event changed hands and the course shifted the start/finish from downtown near the famous Philadelphia Art Museum to the top of the infamous ‘Manayunk Wall’ and it’s 17 percent maximum grade. It also became a UCI Women’s WorldTour event, and as a result the U.S. will only host one in 2017. From 1991-2001 the women’s Liberty Classic was a UCI Road World Cup event, dominated by German Petra Rossner.
The original version of the men’s race was first won by American Eric Heiden, and had a host of winners, including Lance Armstrong and André Greipel. Many attributed the race coming through the area in helping to revitalise the Manyunk neighborhood over the years.