39th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic – Sunday, June 17th

This Sunday June 17th (Father’s Day) Rockstar Games will present the 39th annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, an exciting bike race that circles Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.  The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic was founded in 1973 by David Walker, a Community Affairs Officer with NYPD’s 25th Precinct, with the goal of attracting children to a cycling safety program while also introducing them to amateur and professional bike racing. What a perfect opportunity to take in a day-long celebration of cycling, with music and food adding to the outdoor festivities. Videogame company Rockstar Games and their team will also be on-hand to give out merchandise near the start and finish lines.

After continued support and recognition on the professional circuit, the David Walker Memorial Race, the highlight of the festival for all cycling enthusiasts, has been awarded national status and is one of only four races nationwide named to the two national criterium – or short course – racing calendars for 2012. Some of the world’s finest professional riders including Tour De France stage winner Léon van Bon of Holland will be taking part in what promises to be an outstanding sporting event. The race will be televised live on NYC Life TV, Channel 25 in New York City, and streamed live online.
Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic
 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic Sunday, June 17th schedule:
Registration opens at 11AM on Father’s Day followed by a series of children’s and amateur races starting the day’s festivities at noon.  Race winners will be going home with new bicycles – another David Walker tradition honored by the event.  The day will conclude with the prestigious David Walker Memorial Race.
11AM – Registration opens for Kids, Amateur, Pro races
12PM – Kid’s sprints and lap races begin
1PM – BMX stunt show begins with performances throughout the day and BMX classes for children
1 – 3PM – Bike New York’s Learn to Ride program
1PM – Amateur races featuring various men’s and women’s categories and events
3:55PM – Call to line for pro racers
4PM – Skyscraper NCC and USA Crits event – David Walker Memorial Race

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