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US Pro Champs Preview: The Exhibit!

Philly is psyched to have the Wachovia US Professional Championships just around the corner on June 6th. During my morning ritual for 20 oz of coffee and a Philly soft pretzel I found an exhibit highlighting the last twenty years of the race. Check out the photos…

First, a bicycle from my first team, Team Hill USA, was up on display. This was the team run by Jerry Casale, the patron saint of Philadelphia cycling and Chief Operating Officer of Threshold Sports. Threshold is responsible for putting on the Wachovia Cycling Series…

Next, giant pictures of every winner, original race posters, and even a Mavic support car were present in the display. Local bike manufacturer Elite and Amoroso Pro-Team garb (bread producer of course) was on a cheesy mannequin. It was too cheesy for me to take a pic of, sorry.

The exhibit will be on display from May 24th to June 4th. Just look for the two big buildings in Philly and it’s between them. The chance to experience twenty years of racing is definitely worth coming to.

One Liberty Place is located at 16th and Chestnut Streets in downtown Philadelphia. Come by for lunch or to shop and enjoy this free event. If you’re in town and you e-mail me I’ll come down and say hi. I’m working pretty high up.


NORRISTOWN, PA – May 21, 2004 – Some of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia will open their doors to the international array of professional cyclists in town for the Wachovia Cycling Series race week May 30-June 6. The weeklong series of activities culminates Sunday, June 6 with the 20th annual Wachovia USPRO Cycling Championship through the streets of Philadelphia.

Magianno’s Little Italy at 1201 Filbert Street will kick off the festivities on Sunday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., hosting up to forty international riders from the early arriving teams.

On Monday, May 31, the festivities move to Le Bus at 4266 Main St., also at 6:30 p.m. The following day, Tuesday, June 1, cyclists compete in the first event of the week, the Wachovia Cycling Series Lancaster.

The restaurant tour continues Wednesday, June 2, at The Spaghetti Warehouse, 1026 Spring Garden Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Spaghetti Warehouse will be open to the public that night as usual. The competition continues the following day with the second leg of the Wachovia Cycling Series in Trenton, NJ.

On Friday, June 4, the Manayunk Brewery at 421 Main St. will host the full roster of over 200 cyclists from 7:30-9 p.m. in the ceremonial final dinner as the athletes prepare for Sunday‚s landmark race.

The public is invited, as all restaurants will be open to regular customers during the dinners. Cyclists will be signing autographs and visiting with Philadelphians throughout.

The following is a complete list of the 2004 Wachovia Cycling Series Restaurant Tour:

Sunday, May 30 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, June 2 6:30-8:30 pm
Maggiano’s Little Italy1201 Filbert Street Philadelphia
The Spaghetti Warehouse 1026 Spring Garden Street

Monday, May 31 7:00-8:30 pm
Friday, June 4 7:30-9:30 pm
Le Bus 4266 Main Street
Manayunk Brewery 4120 Main Street

Get more info on the Wachovia US Pro Cycling Championships, The Taste of Philadelphia and the Pro Cycling Tour at the official website:

You can email Dave at: [email protected]

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