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Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic Announces Teams

Second Annual Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic Announces Men’s and Women’s Teams to Selected to Compete on June 1

Upgraded to a 1.1 for 2014, the second annual event will again focus equally on men’s and women’s races; The Jerry Casale Memorial Award and the Miji Reoch Award will go to the top Men’s and Women’s U23 Young Riders.

April 22, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA – Organizers today announced the nineteen men’s and twenty-one women’s teams selected to compete in the 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic on June 1st in Philadelphia. Upgraded this year by the UCI to a 1.1, the event is now the highest rated one day race in the United States.

The second year event will once again focus equally on the men’s and women’s teams with equal prize money and separate races. On the men’s side, the second year event is headlined by four UCI Pro Continental Teams and 15 UCI Continental Teams. The women’s peloton includes seven UCI Women’s Pro teams. Full team rosters will be announced in the coming weeks.

“As we head into our second year, our upgrade allowed us to focus on a stronger and more competitive field for 2014 and the teams selected represent some of the best on the UCI Pro Continental and Continental tours,” said Robin Morton, Race Director, Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. “Racing and winning in Philadelphia is always mentioned as a top goal for both men’s and women’s teams. With the course changes from last year and upgraded field, teams are eager to return in June to compete in the highest rated one day race in the United States.”

The Jerry Casale Memorial Award, underwritten by Gita Sporting Goods, will recognize the Best Young Rider (U23) in the new Men’s race. The Casale Award joins the Miji Reoch Award, presented by Fuji Bikes, honoring the Best Young Female Rider (U23) racing in Philadelphia.

The event has added a new amateur mass participation ride to its race weekend festivities this year; Velothon Philadelphia will be the first US-based event in the UCI Velothon Majors, a global event initiative for mass participation cycling events. Fully supported and chip timed, the 45 kilometer Velothon Philadelphia course is longer and more scenic than any previous amateur ride in the city. On entirely closed roads, the course includes one and a half loops of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic pro bike course including the same iconic features the pros ride including the Manayunk Wall and Lemon Hill. The course includes additional climbs in Fairmount Park and finishing with a fast and flat loop through the historic district and Center City Philadelphia finishing behind Lemon Hill in time to watch the pro races. More info at www.velothon-philadelphia.com

The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic is operated by a community-based non-profit organization formed to organize and host a world-class professional cycling race in Philadelphia. Joining title sponsor Parx Casino is event Founding Sponsor New Penn Financial, and official sponsors Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Amstel Radler, Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Bicycling Magazine, Chapman Auto Group, Novo Nordisk and Fuji Bikes.

For more information, visit www.phillycyclingclassic.org.

The 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic Team List

Men’s UCI Pro Continental Teams
• Drapac Professional Cycling (Australia)
• Team NetApp-Endura (Germany)
• Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
• UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

Men’s UCI Continental Teams
• 5-Hour Energy-Kenda (USA)
• Airgas Pro Cycling (USA)
• Amore & Vita Selle SMP (Ukraine)
• Astellas Cycling (USA)
• Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes (USA)
• Christina Watches Kuma (Denmark)
• Budget Fork Lifts (Australia)
• Hincapie Sportswear (USA)
• Incycle Predator Components (Puerto Rico)
• Jamis Hagens Berman (USA)
• Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA)
• Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
• Quebecor Garneau (Canada)
• Silbor Pro Cycling (Canada)
• Smartstop p/b Mountain Khakis (USA)

Women’s UCI Teams
• Astana BePink (Italy)
• China Chongming Giant Champion System (China)
• Forno D’Asolo (Lithuania)
• Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
• Specialized lululemon (USA)
• Team TIBCO-To The Top (USA)
• UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

Women’s Elite Club Teams
• Colavita-Fine Cooking (USA)
• EPS/CSS/Riptide (USA)
• FCS/Zngine p/b Mr. Restore (USA)
• LG Factory Team (USA)
• Mellow Mushroom (USA)
• MidAtlantic BZH/Hilltop (USA)
• NCCH p/b DEC Express (Canada)
• Peanut Butter & Co-Human Zoom (USA)
• SAS Mazda-Macogep p/b Specialized (Canada)
• Stan’s NoTubes p/b Endurance Werx (USA)
• Stevens Racing (Canada)
• Twenty I6 and Co. (USA)
• Zimmer Capital (USA).

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