Dozens of bicyclists and hundreds of fans will take to Manayunk's streets this morning for the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic road race.
The one-day bike event kicks off at 6:45 a.m. when amateurs begin a 30-mile trek along mostly closed roads, which will take them along the same course as the professional bicyclists.
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The professional women's race will start at 8:30 a.m. with the competitors completing five laps of the 12-mile circuit. The men, who will circle the same course 10 times, are set to begin at noon.
The race will force the bicyclists to battle the famously steep Manayunk Wall, which is along Lyceum Avenue between Pechin and Main streets. The start and finish lines are at the top of iconic hill.
As revelers watch the pros compete for part of the $62,000 prize money, motorists are advised to steer clear of many of the neighborhood's roads, which will be shut down for the event.
The following streets will be closed:
-Main Street from Green Lane to Ridge Avenue
-Lyceum Avenue from Levering Street to Mitchell Street
-Pechin Street from Green Lane to Roxborough Avenue
-Roxborough Avenue from Pechin Street to Manayunk Avenue
-Manayunk Avenue from Roxborough Avenue to Ridge Avenue
-Ridge Avenue from Manayunk Avenue to Kelly Drive
-Cresson Street from Levering Street to Rector Street
-100 block of Shurs Lane
-100 block of Jamestown Street
-Unit block of Rector Street
-100 block of Roxborough Avenue
-Unit block of Cotton Street
-100 block of Grape Street
-100 block of Levering Street
-100 block of Gay Street
-100 block of Connaroe Street
-100 block of Carson Street
-300 block of Burnside Street
-Lyceum Avenue from Mitchell Street to Ridge Avenue
-Rector Street from Terrace Street to Pechin Street
-Pensdale Street from Terrace Street to Lauriston Street
-Kingsley Street from Manayunk Avenue to Lauriston Street
-Salaignac Street from Manayunk Avenue to Lauriston Street
-Terrace Street from Dawson Street to Ridge Avenue
-Manayunk Avenue from Ridge Avenue to Cresson Street
-Vassar Street from Ridge Avenue to Cresson Street
-Mitchell Street from Connaroe Street to Martin Street