Monday, April 10, 2006

Rendell to Wachovia: You guys hate fun

The Wachovia USPro Cycling Championship is no longer. Alas, the Charlotte-based bank, that also lends its name to a center and spectrum that are close to our hearts (albeit via hand-me-down naming rights), belatedly opted to sever its relationship with the race last October. Then, as an extra kick in the balls, the competition was stripped of its designation as the U.S. Cycling Championship.

Needless to say, things were not looking good — Philadelphia was in danger of losing the race altogether.

That would have really disappointed everyone we know that lives in Manayunk. They, like, totally love to drink. A lot. And when you take away a reason for them to drink during the day, they get, like, hella pissed.

Luckily, they have a sympathizer in H-burg. Ever the Philadelphian and, perhaps more importantly, never one to shy away from a good time, Fast Eddie Rendell has stepped in to save the day… at least for the time being. The Govna announced yesterday that the state was tossing in the needed money to sponsor the race this year, while a permanent sponsor is sought for 2007 and beyond.

So say hello to the new Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. It’s new but old. At 22 years, it’s actually the longest running cycling race in the U.S. It just has a new name. And is no longer an official U.S. cycling event. Whatever. Kudos to the organizers for sticking to their guns and welcoming Internationals; why’s everyone trying to be so xenophobic these days?

Mark your calendars for June 11, 2006. Race starts at 9 a.m. A few hundred thousands spectators turn out for this thing. So basically the only difference for Manayunk is that it’ll be overrun by drunks a little earlier than usual for a Saturday.

Rock. We’re totally going.

Related:
Rendell: I live in East Falls but I drink in the ’yunk [ProCycling]
US Cycling: Our US Open is not what you'd call "open" [6ABC]

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