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Ride The Manayunk Wall Before The Pros For A Good Cause

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When the big pro cycling race rolls into Philadelphia this June, the course will be open to weekend warriors and casual riders, as part of a fundraiser for the non-profit of your choice.

The Bicycling Magazine Open offers you the option to ride and raise money for your favorite cause.

“It starts at seven in the morning, before the pros go off,” says Hunter Ziesing is the Executive Director of the Charity of Choice program. “Everyone gets a chance to ride up the famed Manayunk wall. You can do one, two or three laps.”

You can enter for $25, with a pledge to raise $250 for a charity of your choice, or join any charity team for just $5.

“We have 10-15 charities now, but we anticipate as many as 50-100. You can select any one of those charities, or you can submit one of your own.”

Non-fundraiser standard entry is $85.

One rider gearing up to do it is Winnie Clowry, owner of Winnie’s LeBus restaurant on the Main Street Manayunk race course, who says, “When I ride, I do maybe 20-30 miles at a time. I’m worried about the wall.”

She’s getting training tips from pro rider Michael Chauner and the folks at Cadence Bike Shop across the street.

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