Olympic Champion Walter Perez of Argentina and four-time World Champion Franco Marvulli will return to the city that inspired the Madison, their track racing specialty. German track racing stars Leif Lampater and Christian Grasmann will join them on June 20 to chase a $15,000 prize on the 0.75 mile, perfect square racecourse around Marcus Garvey Park (121st Street & Fifth Avenue) in Harlem.
“NYC Media is pumped to be airing the 37th annual Skyscraper bike race live on NYC life, channel 25,” said Todd Asher, Chief Operating Officer of NYC Media. “This marks NYC life’s first venture into live sports in our short history and we could not be more proud of our role in helping provide quality content to the biking community, the Harlem community and the City as a whole on Father’s Day.”
This year’s David Walker Memorial Pro/Am and children’s races have also been designated as NYC Mayor’s Cup events, awarding the winners of each division with an NYC Mayor’s Cup and title of “Fastest Riders in New York City.” The NYC Mayor’s Cup is a program of NYC & Company’s Sports Marketing Department, which was recently revamped to include more sporting events than ever before throughout New York City.
“Cycling in New York City has a long and storied tradition dating back to the 1800’s when Madison Square Garden was first built for track cycling,” said Senior Vice President for New York City Sports Marketing Andrew Gould. “The sport of cycling has continued to flourish in New York City throughout the years, due to world-class events such as the Harlem Cycling Classic, and it brings me tremendous pleasure to add a new chapter to this event by awarding the prestigious NYC Mayor’s Cup to this year’s winners.”
Sponsoring the race for a second consecutive year gives Rockstar Games the opportunity to mix their passion for cycling with an event that enriches the community. Members of Rockstar Games will be on-hand with Rockstar-branded merchandise near the start and finish lines.
“Cycling is a die-hard passion for many of us at Rockstar,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We look forward to a day filled with exciting bike races and entertainment. It’s a real honor for us to be involved once again with such a prestigious New York City street event.”
The race day will begin with a series of children’s and community races from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The children’s races have been designated as NYC Mayor’s Cup events, which will crown “the fastest riders in New York City.” Each child who competes will be given a free helmet and T-shirt courtesy of the New York City Department of Transportation. Winners of the children’s races will each receive a free bicycle.
The United States Olympic Committee has named the Harlem Cycling Classic as the New York City representative for the worldwide Olympic Day Celebration. A ceremony will be held during the children’s races, between the hours of 12:00 and 1:00 pm.
Adding to the block party atmosphere will be live performances by hip-hop icons Biz Markie and Mister Cee amongst other performers. New York City’s famed Wafels & Dinges and Frites & Meats food trucks will be at the event for all in attendance. Jumbotron screens and a series of amateur races will warm up the crowd for the David Walker Memorial Pro/Am at 4:00 p.m.
The late David Walker, an NYPD Community Affairs Officer, founded the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic with the purpose of inspiring children to ride bicycles for exercise; to introduce them to a healthy lifestyle; to provide a productive outlet to harness their energy; and to teach safety, responsibility, and sportsmanship. The present-day event pays homage to the classic American bike races of the Roaring Twenties that were rich with speed, money, and glamour. Cyclists can register in advance to compete at www.bikereg.com. Race day registration will be available onsite. For further information, please visit: www.skyscraper-harlembikerace.com.