May 31, 2013 |
It's still cycling, but the name has changed, and so have the course and the scheduling for the inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, which takes place Sunday. What is unlikely to change is the enthusiasm of the Philadelphia cycling community, and organizers said they hope that more than 100,000 spectators will see at least part of the 120-mile men's race and 60-mile women's race. The 12-mile course winds through Roxborough and East Falls, heading down Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill to Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill before returning to Manayunk along Main Street.
June 17, 2012
The International Olympic Committee has launched an investigation into allegations that Olympic officials and agents are selling tickets to the London Games on the black market. The IOC called an emergency meeting of its executive board Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland, after the Sunday Times newspaper in the United Kingdom presented a dossier of evidence on 27 officials controlling the tickets for 54 countries. The newspaper said several thousand tickets to the best events - including the men's 100-meter track final - had been put up for sale by national Olympic committees from their official ticket quotas.
February 5, 2009 |
Twenty-four years ago, David Chauner seized on a breathtaking incline in Manayunk and made it a household name. Now, he's looking for a spot in Chester County to give a similar boost to a largely forgotten pursuit that once rivaled baseball in popularity. Chauner is the man who brought Philadelphia the annual professional bike race that includes the Manayunk Wall, and still is a promoter. His latest venture is to build an indoor velodrome - a banked track for bike races - somewhere along the Route 30 corridor in the Exton area.
April 22, 2007 |
Proving once again that the baby boomer generation is not going to just sit down and grow old, , Peter Knoop, 57, of Kennett Square, is putting himself to the test with a solo 1,200-mile bike ride from Maryland to Homosassa, Fla. Starting out on the Route 1 bridge over the Susquehanna River in Maryland, due to the high rising water from the treacherous weather, Knoop embarked on this personal voyage Monday afternoon with a simple plan. "Take one mile at a time," he said. Complete with proper attire, a cell phone and a lengthy map consisting of bike routes and alternative trails that take him off the beaten path, Knoop was filled with anticipation as he rode off, despite the rain and wind.
October 10, 2006 |
Brian Walton had many highlights in a professional cycling career that lasted a little over a decade. The Ottawa, Ontario, native was a three-time Olympian, winning a silver medal on the velodrome track in Atlanta in 1996, and won numerous time trials and road races in Europe. He competed for three topflight cycling teams: the 7-11 Team, Team Motorola, and Team Saturn. From 1989 to 2000, Walton competed many times in what was the USPRO Championship, the 156-mile race held in Philadelphia each June.
September 15, 2006 |
NHL players will be allowed to use stick blades that are curved three-quarters of an inch - a quarter-inch more than last season - under a series of minor rules changes approved yesterday by the league's board of governors. During regulation time or overtime but not shootouts, a player found to have a stick curved in excess of three-quarters of an inch will be assessed a minor penalty and a $200 fine for the first offense. A second offense in the same season will be accompanied by a minor penalty, plus a fine of $1,000.
July 27, 2006 |
An unidentified cyclist tested positive for doping during the Tour de France, widening the scandal that gripped this year's race before it began. The rider's name, team and nationality will not be released until the testing process is completed, including the analysis of a backup sample, the International Cycling Union said yesterday. The sport's governing body did say, however, that the rider's team and national federation were notified, as well as national and world anti-doping authorities.
June 9, 2006 |
The half-million or so cycling enthusiasts and revelers who are expected to line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Kelly Drive, and the hilly streets of Manayunk probably won't notice, but Sunday's 156-mile international race will no longer crown the first American to cross the finish line as the U.S. champion. That distinction will happen on Labor Day weekend in Greenville, S.C., which is fine with Dave Chauner, the former Olympian who in 1985 gave birth to an event that has become one of the city's more popular sporting traditions - the Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, benefiting Fox Chase Cancer Center.
March 20, 2006 |
Olympic silver medalist Shani Davis set a world record in the men's 1,500 meters yesterday at the International Skating Union's world all-around speedskating championships in Calgary, Alberta. Davis finished in 1 minute, 42.68 seconds, breaking the mark of 1:42.78 set last year by U.S. teammate and rival Chad Hedrick, with whom Davis feuded publicly at the Turin Games. Hedrick, who was paired with Davis in yesterday's race, finished second in 1:42.85. Canada's Denny Morrison was third in 1:42.
November 24, 2005 |
This June, the Wachovia USPRO Championships won't be held on the streets of Philadelphia. But a bicycle race that looks an awful lot like it will be, organizers promise. After 21 years, the big event, which has become a civic institution, is undergoing an involuntary overhaul. Last week, in two unrelated moves, it lost both of the key elements in its title. First, the competition was stripped of its designation as the U.S. cycling championship. USA Cycling wanted a race limited to American cyclists only (as other countries have)