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Triple Crown of Cycling - Pennsylvania June Travel Advisory
 
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Date: 4/14/2008
Triple Crown of Cycling - Pennsylvania June Travel Advisory
 

Triple Crown of Cycling - Pennsylvania June Travel Advisory
See Pennsylvania in a new way in June a destination for pro cycling. Triple Crown "Philly Races", Women's Pro Liberty Classic and Young Guns Tour of Pennsylvania.

Triple Crown of Cycling and New Tour of Pennsylvania
Professional Cycling Action to 10 Pennsylvania Cities in June

Where can your vacation combine history, bucolic countryside, the finest dining and cultural experiences, a 250th anniversary celebration, plus all the action of a world-class cycling event?


2007 Philly International Championship - J.J. Haedo and Matthew Goss of CSC Celebrate. Photo c. Kurt Jambretz Action Images

In Pennsylvania!
This June, more than 500 Pro cyclists will descend on Pennsylvania for two events – the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling and the all-new American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania. Whether you’re a cycling aficionado, a weekend rider or are brand-new to the sport, these events give you an up close and personal view of these top-flight athletes and world class bike racing - all for free.

“There’s no better way to experience the thrill of cycling than by being there,” said David Chauner, director of Pro Cycling Tour, the producer of these events. “And because these races are happening in some of the most beautiful and historically significant destinations in Pennsylvania, you can combine your cycling experience with visits to the incredible museums, natural treasures, and seemingly endless entertainment and cultural opportunities that abound in this region.”

Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling
From June 3 – 8, 2008, enjoy the sites and sounds of three of Pennsylvania’s most scenic and culturally rich cities while surrounded by the excitement of three of cycling’s biggest events.

Commerce Bank Lehigh Valley Classic: Tuesday, June 3 , 2008
Commerce Bank Reading Classic: Thursday, June 5, 2008
Commerce Bank Liberty Classic: Sunday, June 8, 2008
Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship: Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling draws more than 300,000 spectators, 400 athletes from 23 countries, close to 1,000 amateur cyclists in ancillary events, and features more than 60 exhibitors which attract another 50,000 visitors. The Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship, the men’s professional race, will celebrate its 24th year in June, and the women’s race, The Liberty Classic, (which also takes place in Philadelphia) enters its 15th year. Cheer these professionals on as they tackle race course icons like The Manayunk Wall and Lemon Hill, and be among the first to see the racers in their new Lehigh Valley location.


Women string out during the Philadelphia Liberty Classic 2007.

If You Go
The Commerce Bank Triple Crown events are free, and all are welcome. You can purchase a VIP Pass for access to reserved parking, free food and other special amenities. Patron packages for corporate, family and friend entertaining are also available. Visit www.procyclingtour.com for more information.

For hotel, dining and other touring information, check out the following websites: www.lehighvalleypa.orgwww.readingberkspa.com, and www.gophila.com.


Pennsylvania Cyclists pass a horse drawn carriage. Photo c. CarolynWorthington

American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania
From June 24 - 29, the cycling world and tourists, alike, will turn their attention to a 500-mile stretch of scenic Pennsylvania countryside for the world’s richest race for “Espoirs”, international cyclists ages 18 to 24. In the brand-new American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania, presented by Highmark Healthy High 5, these young, elite riders will compete for $150,000 in prize money in this first-of-its-kind, six-day stage race from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. “The 120 riders that are selected to compete will represent some 15 nations and will include the sport’s stars of the future, racers who will go on to the Olympics and the Tour de France,” said Chauner.

The Tour of Pennsylvania will roughly follow the historic Forbes Road, which was created in 1758 when British General John Forbes and Colonel George Washington forged a trail through the challenging terrain of the Allegheny Mountains to the Forks of the Ohio during the French and Indian War. Upon leaving Philadelphia, cyclists will stop in Downingtown, Carlisle, Camp Hill, Bedford, Ligonier and Latrobe before reaching Pittsburgh, where both the racers and spectators will be part of Pittsburgh 250, a year-long celebration of the region’s 250th anniversary.


2007 lone Navigator rider on the attack cheered on by the thousands that line the Manyanuk and Lemon Hill climbs.

If You Go - All Events Free
As with the Triple Crown, all Tour of Pennsylvania events are free, and all are welcome to be a part of the excitement, including Highmark’s Healthy High 5 Finish Line Festivals which will take place at each stage finish line. For more information on VIP opportunities and the race schedule, go to www.tourofpa.com
For hotel, dining and touring information, visit www.gophila.com - www.imaginepittsburgh.com and www.visitpa.com.


History happens in Philly: T-Mobile's Henderson and Cavendish lead CSC, Navigators, Saunier Duval, and other teams as they approach the finish in 2007.

About Pro Cycling Tour - Pro Cycling Tour, LLC is the country's leading cycling marketing and event management company dedicated to the development of quality cycling events and programs in the United States. Based in the Philadelphia area, PCT creates and manages a variety of events and special programs for corporate sponsors, non-profit organizations and municipalities. For more information, contact www.procyclingtour.com.

 
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