PHOTO SPECIAL: 2022 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic

Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic – Sunday June 19, 2020: Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic Father’s Day event is in its 46th year. The day starts with kids’ races before moving on to adult amateurs and, finally, the main competition with professional cyclists. Part of the American Criterium Cup stop number 4 in the series. It is one of the oldest continuing races in the country. Marco Quezada sent us his Harlem Photo Gallery.


US Crit National Champ, Kendall Ryan (L39ion of Los Angeles} cases the competition at the start line

David Walker — a New York City Police Department’s Community Affairs Officer in Harlem’s 28th Precinct created the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic in 1973. The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic was designed as a community event focused on bicycle racing and safety programs for young men. The event held its initial contest on (Father’s Day) Sunday, June 17th, 1973 at (the formally known as)—Mount Morris Park which was just renamed Marcus Garvey Park—in honor of the famed Activist, Journalist and Publicist Marcus Garvey.


Great turnout for the meet and greet. Press getting to know the ladies

Within three years, the race grew and became one of the premiere attractions of the United States Cycling Federation. Each year the event draws more than 400+ United States Cycling Federation (USCF)—(now known as USA Cycling) licensed cyclist from the greater NYC
area as well as nationally ranked competitors and international licensed riders—in addition to 100s of community amateur participants.


It may be Father’s Day – but the ladies’ field is first out for today’s start

Since its inception in 1973, hundreds of national and international champions, as well as Olympic champions have raced the Skyscraper Classic. Most notably is Nelson Beasley Vails,
a road and track cyclist from Harlem. Who won his first series of amateur races at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995, representing the USA in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he won the silver medal in the 1000-meter Match Sprint, behind compatriot Mark Gorski. Vails was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal and he was inducted to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in 2009. Nelson attends the Skyscraper Cycling Classic every year.


They pass Fifth Avenue as they circle the course the Empire State Building looking on


Maggie Coles-Lyster (Dna Pro Cycling) certainly knows what wheel to be on


Butcherbox p/b Look ) strings out the field


Amber Joseph (L39ion of Los Angeles) fresh off her Tuesday win at Floyd Bennett Field stays focused on the front


Ventura’s Kendall Ryan (L39ion) makes it back to NYC with her California team and pushes the pace


CWA Racing p/b Goldman Sachs Etf’s stretches out the field


New York’s own Kristina Grossman (Good Gals) gives it her best against the country’s top pros


Paige Kostanecki (Butcherbox p/b Look) takes a flyer towards Fifth Avenue


CWA and L39ion battle for supremacy at the front of the field


And we have a winner: Maggie Coles-Lyster (Dna Pro Cycling) takes it


Women’s podium: 2nd place, Paola Munoz (CWa Racing p/b Goldman Sachs Etf’s), 1st place, Maggie Coles-Lyster (Dna Pro Cycling), 3rd place, Kendell Ryan (L39ion of Los Angeles. Flanked by Nelson Vails (left) and Richard Cox (right). Congrats Ladies, well done!


Pro men catch-up while waiting for their call-ups


The paparazzi mob the start of the Men’s field


Danny Estevez (Best Buddies Racing) US Crit National Champion, pauses the National Anthem


Stalin Quiterio Cuello (Dave Jordan Racing) gets red carded along with the rest of the field


And the Men are off for the 2022 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic


Mexican Pro Alfredo Rodriquez (Best Buddies Racing) pushes the pace


Defending race champion Justin Williams (L39ion of Los Angeles) eyeballs the front of the pack


They tried to form a break – but were quickly reeled back in…


Alfredo Rodriquez (Best Buddies Racing) gets sheltered from the wind


The field gets a bit of shade under one of Harlem’s beautiful tree lined Streets


Constantin Schreiber (CRA/Team Veselka) at ease on his home turf – NYC


Alfredo Rodriquez (Best Buddies Racing) takes the win as his whole team celebrates!


Men’s podium: 2nd place Danny Estevez (Best Buddies Racing) 1st place Alfredo Rodriquez (Best Buddies Racing), 3rd place Clever Martinez (Miami Blazers) Congrats to everyone!


Alfredo Rodriquez (Best Buddies Racing) proudly show off his winning trophy. Well done!

# Thanks to Marco Quezada for the great shots from Harlem, you can see more form Marco at marcoquezada.com. #

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