Bikers to dash on city streets in annual race

Posted: June 09, 2007

Blue skies, world-ranked athletes and 350,000 fans are expected to be on hand this weekend for the Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship bicycle race, a challenge of men, women and machines now in its 23d year.

About 300 racers will compete tomorrow on a course that runs from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through Fairmount Park to Roxborough, up the Manayunk "wall" and back again for 10 laps (men) and four laps (women). The women's course is 56.7 miles; the men's, 156.

Top-finishing men share $59,000 in prize money; top women share $26,000. The racing starts at 9 a.m. near the Art Museum. The women's finish is expected around 11:30 a.m.; men are anticipated between 2:30 and 3 p.m.

Police advise using public transportation as the following roads will be closed tomorrow from about 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

Ridge Avenue, from School House Lane to Hermit Street.

Main Street, from Ridge Avenue to Green Lane.

Levering Street, from Main to Cresson Street.

Cresson Street, from Levering to Lyceum Street.

Lyceum Street, from Cresson to Pechin Street.

Pechin Street, from Lyceum to Roxborough Avenue.

Roxborough Avenue, from Pechin to Manayunk Avenue.

Manayunk Avenue, from Roxborough Avenue to Ridge Avenue.

The length of Kelly Drive will be closed to traffic and parking. The Parkway will be closed from 18th Street to Eakins Oval. Cross traffic will be permitted on 20th, 21st, and 22d Streets.

Traffic in and near Fairmount Park will be heavily restricted.

Contact staff writer Michael Matza at 215-854-2541 or

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