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Bicycle 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 4:10.

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: jay@jaypeg.net

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.