The breeze on Sunday was just enough to keep most show kites in the air on Long Beach Island this weekend. The sky above the beach at Ship Bottom, NJ was filled with colors as dozens of kites floated above. But the 7 mph wind wasn’t enough to lift the largest kites of the ground. The popular Whale remained bagged at the inaugural LBI FLY International Kite Festival. The festival runs Oct 9-12, 2015 on Long Beach Island.
Hundreds of kite flyers and families who came to the beach to see the kites mingled between ground art and kite lines. At other events down the Shore kites and specters are separated by roped lines. Here people come out, interact and having a blast said president of the South Jersey Kite Flyers (SJKF) Mike Dallmer, Sr., of Northeast Philadelphia. He, his wife and son travel up and down the coast visiting kite festivals and often participating in them. The season starts at Memorial Day Weekend in Wildwoods and this is the last large event of the season, he explains.
…story continues on WHYY’s NewsWorks: October 12, 2015; 2015 Long Beach Island International Kite Festival photos
Each year a group cycling enthusiasts converge on a junkyard in North Philadelphia to race each other on dirt paths winding between junk cars at the annual Bilenky Cyclocross event.
Participants race on all sorts of bikes, including homemade “funnies,” over a course that takes them under, over and around vehicles parked on the junkyard. The venue is between the railroad tracks and the bicycle factory of Bilenky Cycle Works in North Philadelphia.
Continue reading Bicycle racers take on a North Philly junkyard
The 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic is a rough, but inspiring ride for the riders with one young local race team.
In this combined photo essay the events of the week are captured as the Philly based Airgas Cycling team participates in the exciting 1-day bike race in the Northwest section of the city. Two days ahead of the race the professional riders teamed up with local high school athlete cyclist for a ride in Fairmount Park
See here a photo slideshow of some of the events leading up to and including the 10lap/120mile race on Sunday when the team of young riders takes on the 17% gradient of the “Manayunk Wall”.
Continue reading Racing is rough, but inspiring for one local team [PHOTO ESSAY]