World’s Top Teams Compete in the 2016 Philadelphia International Classic
Today, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic (PICC) will return on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
The event will be produced by race organizers, g4 Productions, a woman-owned event production company with more than 30-years of experience managing professional cycling teams and producing some of the best races in the country. The PICC features a UCI Women’s WorldTour event and a Men’s UCI 1.1 race and will once again award equal prize money for the men’s and women’s races.
“For more than thirty years, the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic has brought a collection of the greatest male and female cyclists from across the globe to our great city for a day of spirited competition,” said Mayor Kenney. “The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, as the highest rated one-day cycling event in the country, showcases our city to the world of cycling enthusiasts and spectators. I would like to thank our event producer, g4 Productions, our public employees, and the citizens of Philadelphia for their hard work and dedication to ensuring that the PICC continues to thrive and build upon its legacy as a successful, world-class event.”
The men’s and women’s races will compete on the same course, a 12.3 mile circuit looping through some of Philadelphia’s favorite neighborhoods, finishing at the top of the famed Manayunk Wall.
“Philadelphia is a wonderful cycling city with a rich history in our sport, and history is about to be made again with the inclusion of the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on the UCI Women’s WorldTour,” said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. “The PICC is a wonderful and established event here in the United States, and its prestige, paired with the UCI classification, makes this an international destination for the top cyclists in the world.”
Twenty of the top cycling teams from around the world are confirmed to compete in the women’s race. Powerhouse teams such as Wiggle High5 (formerly Wiggle Honda) which ranked second in the world last season, and Boels-Dolman’s, team of the current World Champion and last year’s winner of the PICC World Cup race, boast rosters with some of the most decorated women in the sport.
The full list of women’s teams that will race this June includes:
o Alé Cipollini
o ASTANA-Acca Due O
o BePink LaClassica
o Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
o BTC City Ljubljana
o Canyon SRAM Racing
o Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
o Colavita | Bianchi
o CONADE Visit Mexico
o Cyclance Pro Cycling
o Hagens Berman | Supermint Pro Cycling Team
o HiTec Products
o Park Hotel Valkenberg
o Team Rally
o Team Tibco-SVB
o TWENTY16 p/b Ridebiker
o UnitedHealthcare Women’s Pro Cycling
o Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling
o Weber Shimano
o Wiggle High5
The men’s race kicks off the competition for the day at the top of the Manayunk Wall at 8:00 am. They will race a grueling 9 laps and over 110 miles, battling for KOM on Lemon Hill and the Manayunk Wall with a Sprint Zone along Kelly Drive. A few returning teams confirmed are UnitedHealthcare, Team Novo Nordisk, and Caja Rural Seguros, team of the winner of the 2015 PICC. A full list of confirmed men’s teams will be announced shortly.
In addition to the pro races, the weekend will feature various events, including the Sly Fox Beer Garden, an expo, food trucks and more on Lemon Hill, as well as community festivities in Manayunk, Roxborough, and East Falls. All will feature a fun and family-friendly atmosphere with bicycle raffles, and great vantage points to view the race and cheer for the pros.
About the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic
The longest running UCI sanctioned event in the U.S., the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is a dynamic and selective circuit looping through some of Philadelphia’s favorite neighborhoods. It features a women’s UCI WorldTour event and a men’s UCI 1.1 level race, challenging some of the world’s top professional cycling teams to climb the infamous Manayunk Wall.
For more information, visit www.philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com.