Top 10 Things We Like About the US Pro Championships & Philadelphia
How can you not love a town that hosts the most important race in the country every year? Well, if that doesn’t do it for ya, here’s a bunch more reasons to not only love the town, but love the race as well! This week’s Top 10 List – heeere we GO!
10. Even in sports-crazy North America, where big time bike racing continues to struggle for acceptance amongst the more popular “armchair” sports like football, baseball, basketball and hockey (yawn…) we owe it to the good folks of Philly who show up in the hundreds of thousands every year to prove this is an event worth watching…
9. Home of the “Cutters” – the best race fans to hit the pro circuit in a long time – watch for ’em on Sunday as they warm up for their annual appearance at the Tour! Who else would throw a keg-party on the Champs Elysees? (Watch for their “insiders” race report next week – right here!)
8. Something at Vet stadium makes fans nuts – remember when they actually boo’ed Santa Claus?
7. The deep sense of American History – The Liberty Bell, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Betsy Ross
6. 2002 – Canadian racer Mark Walters (Navigators) wins the biggest race in North America, beating a top level field – and showing that there’s more to the Great White North than skidoos, toques, and cold ones, eh!
5. The deep sense of American Culture – What other city could give us the Yueling Brewery (oldest in America) and the Philly Cheese steak sandwich?
4. Where else can a guy wearing Sh*t-catcher sweats mumble, stumble, and bumble his way through 2 hours on on-screen beatings and still triumph as one of the all-time great American action heros?
3. 2002 – Canadian racer Mark Walters (Navigators) wins the biggest (2nd biggest?) race in North America, beating a top level field – and showing that there’s more to the Great White North than skidoos, toques, and cold ones, eh!
2. Where else but in the City of Brotherly Love would race organizers and rider(s) put aside their differences, allowing Team Health Net into the race, and proving the the interests of the sport sometimes are actually being served?
1. The Manayunk Wall – every great race needs it defining characteristic. Only the manliest men and most deserving champions still have the jam to slam The Wall after 150 miles of elite level racing.