The Philly Phlyer race weekend is here once more! March 19th and 20th, hundreds of collegiate, high school, and open riders will compete in Philadelphia’s most ambitious amateur cycling race and kick off the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) spring road racing season. Don’t miss out!
New for 2016, the Phlyer has even better options for beginning racers:
Together these options are a new evolution of the immensely successful Introduction to Bicycle Racing fields that the ECCC has run for the past decade. On Saturday the clinic will consist of a short discussion; riding a loop of the course together with the coaches, practicing riding safely in a group and descending at speed; then a short debrief. On Sunday the clinic will have two parts: Working in small groups on handling skills, and then riding together in a paceline to practice criterium cornering in a large group.
For many years the ECCC’s Intro fields have been open to non-collegiate women, and in 2016 we’re expanding that to men as well to ensure high quality, fun, educational races for beginners throughout the region. Our revised Women’s D and Men’s E fields are a race, but will have coaches riding in the group providing guidance and safety oversight. Additionally, in the criterium, riders dropped from these fields will be pulled aside at the pit and then reintroduced to the race for another chance at sticking with the field, with tips from a coach. This is the same format as our very successful Fort Washington summer series.
All participants in the clinic and races must have a current USA Cycling license. However, for those that do not have an annual, a 1-day license is included with registration! $20 gets you a 1-day license, hour long clinic from the ECCC’s veteran coaches, and a coached beginner’s race. This is a great opportunity for all new racers in the Philadelphia area, sign up today!
The Philly Phlyer is part of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference’s spring road racing season. Started in 2006, the race is currently the longest continuously held event on the ECCC calendar. It also holds the national title for the most collegiate racers ever, with 535+ competing in 2007. Every edition of the race has featured a wonderful circuit race course as well as team and individual time trials in West Fairmount Park, around the Memorial Hall area and all along the Schuylkill River, and up the Strawberry Mansion Bridge/Ford Road climb for the circuit race. In recent years the second day has featured an exciting, high speed criterium right in the heart of the Temple University campus.
Although the event focuses on collegiate and high school racing, there are several fields available for other racers as well. Check out the race flyer for details.
All racers must have a valid annual or 1-day USA Cycling license, available at usacycling.org or on-site at the races. Only proper road bicycles are permitted (freehub, two brakes, drop bars, etc.), and certified helmets are required. Race registration is via BikeReg or on-site (additional fees may apply).
Our courses are all very ambitious and in busy areas, so they require a substantial number of course marshals throughout each day. If you are able and interested to help ensure the safety of all our participants and to keep a great event with a superb safety record going, please sign up to volunteer. Thank you!
The Philly Phlyer is once again generously supported this year by: