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Philadelphia Cycling Classic Gets An Upgrade

Men's winner, American Kiel Reijnen crosses the finish line at the Philly Cycling Classic. (credit: Philly Cycling Classic)

Men’s winner, American Kiel Reijnen crosses the finish line at the Philly Cycling Classic. (credit: Philly Cycling Classic)

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By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)--The Philadelphia Cycling Classic, the bike race made famous by the climbs up the Manayunk Wall, received some good news this week.

After the Philadelphia International Championship folded early last year, with just months to plan, organizers started the Philly Cycling Classic.

While it had the same party-atmosphere in Manayunk, it didn’t have the star power of years past.

But, one of the organizers Richard Adler with Liberty Sports Development, says that could change for 2014, as the International Cycling Union, or the UCI has upgraded the race classification.

“By getting this higher level of classification we can now reach out to what are called pro-tour teams, which are the highest level teams that race in the Tour de France.”

He says they still need to entice those teams to come, but the upgrade makes Philadelphia the highest-rated one day race in the country.

Next year’s Philly Cycling Classic will be held on June 1st.

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