couriers to race in Harlem as part of Skyscraper Cycling Classic
VeloNews, June 6, 2008
New York, NY — Harlem Rocks with messenger racing as part of the 35th
Annual Skyscraper Cycling Classic on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15th,
at Marcus Garvey Park in New York City. Four-rider teams will compete
in a “package pass” relay race on a specially modified racecourse. The
race kicks off at 3:30 pm, just before the professional men’s start at
Squid, the iconic New York City messenger and owner of Cyclehawks
Messengers stated: “This is a great opportunity for messengers to show
their positive impact on the city and to get a chance to share the
stage with the pros.”
The messenger teams will compete for a $1,000 prize list and a track
frame offered by Affinity Cycles, technical advisors on the messenger
event. For registration information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is fitting that a big-time messenger race will take place in Harlem:
the community’s most famous cyclist, Nelson Vails, went on to an 1984
Olympic Silver Medal in Sprint Cycling after starting his cycling
career as a messenger.
Live coverage of Harlem
Rocks will be available for free on WCSN TV and to a worldwide audience
via WCSN’s broadband network www.wcsn.com. Spectators will enjoy the live
coverage on a jumbotron positioned just beyond the start/finish line on
West Mt. Morris Avenue and 121st Street.
The Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic boasts a rich and respected
history. Founded in 1973 by David A. Walker, a former Community Affairs
Officer for the New York City Police Department, the event has always
mixed community service with high-level professional racing. Over the
past 35 years, Mr. Walker has given away hundreds of bicycles to
winners of the children’s races that traditionally kick off the day’s
activities at 12:00 noon.
Top class amateur and professional races, giant screen live TV, great
food, and music all await the public in Harlem this Father’s Day.