Racing is rough, but inspiring for one local team [PHOTO ESSAY]

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”.

Part I) Thursday – Clinic (photo 1-20 )

A group of local high school students learned some valuable lessons from young professional cyclists this past week.

At a clinic held on Thursday near Lemon Hill in Philadelphia, students with the Cadence Cycling Foundation learned from the pros — members of the Philadelphia-based Airgas Cycling Team. After an introduction by team manager Chris Johnson the riders took on the road to bike through Fairmount Park.

All cyclists wear a helmet during the ride, as falling is part of the game, one pro noted during the ride introduction. Only three riders raised their hands when asked if they hadn’t crashed since January.

For seventeen year old Jaymere the ride ends not on his bike but in the team car. He crashed his bike into the back of a SUV while riding in heavy rush hour traffic.

“So far I enjoyed it,” he said while keeping pressure on his bleeding lip. Jaymere joined the program two years ago.

…This story continues on WHYY’s
MAY 31, 2014 VIEW FINDERS BLOG – “Pro cyclers, students team up to prep for race day in Philly” 

Part II) Sunday – Race Day (photos 21-44)

…A selection of images from this collection is also published as part of the regular coverage of the race by WHYY’s
JUNE 2, 2014 BIKE RACE 2014 – “Kiel Reijnen and Evelyn Stevens take first place at Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic second year in a row”