Beginners’ and Women’s Race/Clinic Series

The Battle for Fort Washington introductory road race series returns this summer for its third year! Join us Wednesday evenings, July 5, 19, and August 2 for a great training race and clinics on a fun, safe course in a beautiful park! Please note the change to an every-other-week schedule.

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Guide: We have a guide here for newcomers covering procedural basics and how the event works—

Read the guide!

Overview

Full details on times and format are in the event flyer. There are several categories, and the true beginners’ fields for new road racers will feature a significant coached component and a no-drops structure: Anybody falling behind will be pulled by the officials and coaches and safely put back into the group to give it another try. Alongside the racing will be coached clinics and skills drills. This is a fully permitted event, on closed roads, with on-site professional EMS.

Leading up to the event, please remember that you cannot do this loop at speed outside of the race! As always, please obey posted 15MPH speed limits, stop signs, and other traffic laws when riding in the park.

This event would of course not be possible without the active support of the Fort Washington State Park, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:

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It would also not happen without the support of the entire community. Please join our crowdfunding campaign and help develop The Battle for Fort Washington into a sustainable, perpetual event.

Previous Years

2016 Results

  • Week 1—July 6, 2016: Photos, Results
  • Week 2—July 13, 2016: Rained out!
  • Week 3—July 20, 2016: Results

2015 Photos & Results

2014 Photos & Results

Our Facebook page has updates, videos, and photos live from each event. Stay in touch!

Directions

This series is being graciously hosted by the Fort Washington State Park, located at:

Entrance to the park will be on the east side, off Militia Hill Rd, and all parking in lot #4. There will be volunteers and rangers on hand to show you where.

Driving from Center City Philadelphia the easiest way to the park is probably:

  • Take 76 west
  • Take 476 north
  • Take exit 20 for Germantown Pk/Plymouth Rd, turning right onto Plymouth Rd
  • Cross Butler Pk and continue on Flourtown Rd
  • Turn left on Joshua Rd
  • Turn right on Militia Hill Rd

Cycling from Center City Philadelphia is about 16 miles. The most straightforward way is probably:

  • Take the Schuylkill River Trail to Spring Mill Station
  • Exit the trail and go right (east) on Hector St
  • Turn left at Cedar Grove Rd/Barren Hill Rd
  • Turn right immediately on Joshua Rd
  • Continue on Joshua Rd past Ridge Pk, Germantown Pk, Flourtown Rd, and Stenton Ave
  • Turn right on Militia Hill Rd

Bring lights if you are riding home, it will be dark out!

SEPTA’s Regional Rail train at Spring Mill Station is also a great option for getting to & from the race, just a couple miles of easy riding from the park.