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.
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”.
Video produced for WHYY’s NewsWorks.org as part of a story by Brian Hickey (@GTownWOLane)
May 28, 2013; On a spectrum that starts with a vision and ends with reality, Germantown’s Coulter Street Supply Co. sits somewhere in between.
“We want to show people who haven’t been here that, yeah, this area is rough around the edges, but it’s beautiful here. The history, the architecture, the trees, the people. We want to celebrate all of that. … It’s all individual effort, but people are really coming together in Germantown.” -Tim Walkiewicz of Coulter Street Supply Co.
With each passing day, though, Tim Walkiewicz and John Burke inch closer toward a tangible presence which will bring an espresso bar, rotating art gallery and commercial space to Germantown’s western edge. ( .
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