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June 3, 1988 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
About once a week, Rollin Wilber and Sally Lou Nation walk halfway down the steep slope in front of their house in Manayunk to look at the Wall. Sometimes they stand in silence, following with their eyes the trail of curling honeysuckle and Virginia creeper and drinking in the thick fragrance of the place. Most of the time, they talk excitedly about their hopes for what is known as the Manayunk Wall - a natural stone formation buttressed by man-made retaining walls in the 200 block of Lyceum Avenue, one of Manayunk's steepest hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1990 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
On June 17, the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championship, the event that put Manayunk on the international bike-race map, returns for the sixth year. More than 100 top professional cyclists will vie for $110,000 in prizes in the 156-mile race. Competitors will pedal off at 9 a.m. in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and proceed to the "Manayunk Wall" on Levering Street before heading down Manayunk Avenue to the museum at speeds reaching 50 miles an hour. While waiting for the cyclists' return, spectators along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can browse through Cycling Expo '90, 60 booths of bicycle equipment, clothing and other products.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Dan Geringer, Daily News Staff Writer
AS NEARLY 200 cyclists fought their way up the infamous Manayunk Wall at Sunday's 2012 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, their moxie was mirrored by Jon Martin of Bluebell, who pushed a double stroller containing his sleeping Marianna, 2, and Anthony, 4, up the adjoining Lyceum Avenue sidewalk. No clanging cowbells for Martin as he doggedly made his way up the 17-degree incline over broken pavement and the protruding steel legs of race-route barricades, around weaving partygoers and oncoming strollers.
NEWS
September 3, 2010 | By CHRISTINE OLLEY & DANA DIFILIPPO, olleyc@phillynews.com
A 19-year-old woman was charged with DUI and aggravated assault after her 20-year-old boyfriend was run over by a car early yesterday while he was trying to push it up the Manayunk Wall, police said. Mary Opel, of Ridge Avenue near Heritage Drive, in East Falls, was steering the disabled 1996 Volvo sedan east on Levering Street about 4:15 a.m. while her boyfriend tried to push it up the steep hill, police said. The car rolled back over him and dragged him 25 to 35 feet, police said.
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
ANDREW NEUBAUER spent much of yesterday's Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic lurking behind bushes near the top of the Manayunk Wall, suddenly thrusting his life-size, stuffed-toy rottweiler, Rowdy, at unsuspecting passers-by and growling. "Rowdy went to York College with me," he said. "Found him at a yard sale freshman year. We've been together ever since. My friends and I tailgate with him at Phillies games. He stands on the roof of the car and parties. You know PETA would get after me if I left him in the car. " Neubauer interrupted the interview to growl while thrusting Rowdy at Adriana Bellode, who jumped and grabbed the arm of her friend Lilliam Ribeiro.
NEWS
June 20, 1988 | By MARK McDONALD, Daily News Staff Writer
The hill - rising about 250 feet in less than a half-mile - is a killer when you walk down it. It's beyond description when you ride a bicycle up it 10 times. Yesterday, a crowd of thousands lined the narrow streets - Levering Street and Lyceum Avenue in Manayunk - to watch the pain as cyclists in the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championship challenged the Manayunk Wall. From yesterday morning until mid-afternoon, the hill alternated between race course and block party, and Philadelphians just loved it all. Tim Cosenza of Kensington was sipping beer, leaning against a guardrail at a rowhouse in the 100 block of Levering.
NEWS
September 2, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
A 20-year-old man is in extremely critical condition after he was run over by a car he was trying to push up the hilly street known as the Manayunk Wall early today in Northwest Philadelphia, police said. Police said the man's girlfriend was behind the wheel of a disabled 1996 Volvo sedan on the 200 block of Levering Street about 4:15 man when he attempted to push it uphill. The street has a steep 10-percent grade at that spot, police said. That means the elevation increases 10 feet for every 100 feet traveled.
NEWS
June 2, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chong Park runs the new Palm Tree Market, located in an old furniture building at the bottom of the Manayunk Wall, which on Sunday will be the center of Philadelphia and the cycling universe. The owner of the building, Sam Kroungold, in Manayunk for 40 years, urged Park, his tenant, to keep the store open on Sunday. "You'll make more money in one day than you will in a month," the building owner said. The grocer refused. Since opening six months ago, he has always obeyed the Sabbath.
SPORTS
June 8, 1996 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The world's longest, rowdiest and most exhilarating block party - also known as the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling Championship - rolls through Philadelphia for the 12th straight year tomorrow, perhaps to a more enthusiastic audience than it has known in the past. The U.S. Pro will start at 9 a.m. on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and is scheduled to finish there, in celebration and perspiration, some six hours later. The nation's richest one-day bike race will offer $115,500 in prize money, including $25,000 for first place, and, as before, will take its contenders over a 10-circuit, 156-mile course whose most prominent feature is the 285-foot Manayunk Wall.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2012 | Jenice Armstrong
LEMON HILL was easy. So was the other steep hill on the TD Bank International Cycling Championship Course. But then I got to the Manayunk Wall. Let me back up a bit. I'm no jock, but I usually hold my own. Not long after completing my first marathon last November, I signed up to do it again. I've even been toying with the idea of doing a triathlon. And so I figured I was ready when signed up to do the amateur portion of the TD Bank International Cycling Championship last Sunday.
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June 8, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Griffin Easter drifted to a stop after he finished just five feet behind Zach Noonan in Sunday's Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. While Easter, a 22-year-old member of the D3Devo p/b Airgas cycling team from Upland, Calif., was happy with his 18th-place finish, his most realistic goal was to pass the 20-year-old Noonan at the end and win the Jerry Casale Memorial Award that is given to the top male rider under 23 in the race. "When I saw how close I was, I had to put my game face on," Easter said.
SPORTS
June 4, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
CYCLING IS often viewed as an individual sport. Just a rider, a frame, two wheels, and the personal will to win. Yesterday, the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic showed that cycling is indeed a team sport when 188 men and 113 women took to the streets of Philadelphia on a hot and humid day. There were 25 men's teams and 21 women's teams. In the men's race, Kiel Reijnen, of Boulder, Colo., riding for United Healthcare, pushed past the finish line on top of the Manayunk Wall first, just a day after his 27th birthday.
SPORTS
June 4, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the riders approached the finish line of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic at the always grueling Manayunk Wall, little separated Evelyn Stevens of California and Joelle Numainville of Montreal. In the final moments, the outcome of Sunday's race was still in doubt. "I closed my eyes and just dug deeper at the end," Stevens said. Her digging paid off. Both were clocked in the 60-mile race in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 25 seconds, but Stevens, a Massachusetts native competing for the Specialized-Lululemon team, crossed the finish line first to capture the $5,000 first prize in the women's race.
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
ANDREW NEUBAUER spent much of yesterday's Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic lurking behind bushes near the top of the Manayunk Wall, suddenly thrusting his life-size, stuffed-toy rottweiler, Rowdy, at unsuspecting passers-by and growling. "Rowdy went to York College with me," he said. "Found him at a yard sale freshman year. We've been together ever since. My friends and I tailgate with him at Phillies games. He stands on the roof of the car and parties. You know PETA would get after me if I left him in the car. " Neubauer interrupted the interview to growl while thrusting Rowdy at Adriana Bellode, who jumped and grabbed the arm of her friend Lilliam Ribeiro.
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a study in contrasting race-day styles. Cyclists beat back fatigue and burning muscles pedaling up the steep hill called the Manayunk Wall during the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic on Sunday. At the same time, Bob Brogno felt no pain at all as he hopped on his pal's motorized beer cooler and guided it down that very incline. Asked why he was riding the 50-quart ice chest - complete with steering and disc brakes - Brogno, a 24-year-old Roxborough construction worker, sipped his beer with a flourish, then asked philosophically, "Why would I not?"
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evelyn Stevens won the Parx Casino Philly Cyling Classic today. This was the fifth time she raced in Philadelphia and her first win. Stevens, who is originally from the Boston area, had an unofficial winning time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 27 seconds. She earned the $5,000 first prize. "I closed my eyes and just dug deeper at the end," Stevens said. Competing for the Specialized Lululemon team, Stevens just edged runner-up Joelle Nunainville, a Montreal resident who competes for Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few months ago, it looked as if the metal barriers to line Lyceum Avenue in Manayunk weren't going to be ordered and there would be no need for the signs urging spectators to refrain from disorderly conduct. Some parts of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic - a race renamed, redesigned, and reorganized to run Sunday after its predecessor was canceled for a lack of funding - have stayed the same. The course still has the grueling Manayunk Wall, still attracts world-class cyclists, and still has Manayunkers bracing for rowdy crowds.
SPORTS
June 1, 2013 | Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
D3Devo p/b Airgas cycling team is billed as the only national-level bike club based in Philadelphia and features seven riders under the age of 23. So, with little experience other than collegiate competition, the riders look at Sunday's Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic as another step in their continuing development. "The big thing is that they are trying to have fun," said team director Chris Johnson. "They are just trying to get their feet wet and to have the most fun possible while getting the experience necessary.
SPORTS
June 1, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bobby Lea had a different training routine the last time he rode in Philadelphia. Lee, of Topton, Berks County, participated but didn't finish last year's local race, then known as the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. Now Lea is looking forward to competing in Sunday's inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, and he is more focused on the present than the future. Lee, a two-time U.S. Olympian, was preparing for the Olympics last year, and that meant a different training regimen than for a road race.
SPORTS
May 31, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ON SUNDAY, the city will once again host a professional bike race, welcoming pro cyclists from around the world for the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. After 28 years, the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship was canceled for 2013 due to lack of sponsors and funding. It was the longest-running road bike race in the United States. To ensure that cycling would take place this year, Parx Casino stepped up and pledged $500,000 over the next 2 years, and rounded up other sponsors such as New Penn Financial, Sunoco, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Fuji Bikes, Philadelphia Energy Solutions and Bicycling Magazine to make the new event possible.
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