Yesterday was the first day of racing in a handful of other races I hope to do down here in the coming few weekends including the Bicycling Magazine OPEN in Philly on June 3rd. My good friend Peter Sullivan from ATA Cycle Fit lab and I are going to ride this one together. Here's the skinny. 'For the first time in 28 years, weekend warriors and casual cyclists will have the chance to ride up to three timed laps of the iconic Philadelphia Championship Road Course. Experience the thrill of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the challenging Manayunk Wall on the completely closed 14.5 mile circuit.' This ought to be a blast. It starts 3 hours before the Pro's hit the course so for a semi-serious racers and a fans like us, it's the best of both worlds.
I actually rode Manayunk Wall today for the first time ever and pressed it pretty hard too. It was my recovery day n all but what the hell I wanted to check it out just for grins. I also rode Lemon Hill and came away thinking I can easily lumber 3 f-ugly laps on this course, no problem.
I like the mid-Atlantic. NY, Philly, DC and Baltimore are all close and packed with good racing. You can hop from one great city to the next in just a couple hours and that's why I deliberately carved out time and made arrangements for mobile work in order to be here for a while.