More on this week in Philly Cycling.

In addition to the previous post for this week, there are a few things that popped up on the radar that you might want to check out if you are in town for the race, or just looking for a good place to party.

Thursday night offers a great chance to check out a race preview on TV. At 11 p.m. on the 3rd, Comcast SportsNet will preview the 2010 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship with a 30-minute special.  The special will replay on Saturday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet and Friday, June 4 at 11 p.m. on The Comcast Network. If you are local to the area and have a comcast TV, you can check this out.

Early Friday morning, come out to Breakaway bikes to go for a ride with my favorite team this year. The ladies of Peanut Butter and Co. will be making a recreational conversation pace ride out probably along some of the familiar routes around Philly. The ride leaves the Breakaway shop at 10am and is scheduled for about an hour and a half.

If you are not able to get out for a ride, but you can evacuate the cubical for a long lunch, you can stop by the TDBank at 19th and Walnut around 11am for a Press Conference and Autograph Session. Mayor Nutter, the creators of the race as well as some of the riders like local boy done well Tyler Wren of the team also known as the longest cycling team name presented by a non cycling entity {Team Jamis Sutter Home presented by Colavita}. Members of the Liquigas, Bissel, and Team Colleen will also be on hand to answer some questions and sign autographs. I am sure there will be some hooplaw for the kick off of the race, so go and really live it up.

Kildare’s Irish pub is sponsoring the Swedish National Team for some dinner and an autograph session. from 6-7, the riders are set to have some of the Kildare’s menu stuffers. After wiping the dipping sauce from their chin, they will sign some autographs and have a bit of a meet and greet from 7 till 8.

Around the same time that all of that is going down at Kildare’s, Cadence Cycling and Multisport Center in conjunction with Cannondale will host Rahsaan Bahati (according to chatter he may or may not be there) and the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team for a kick off party to the pro cycling weekend. From 6-8 on June 4th, stop by the Cadence Cycling and Multisport shop at 4323  Main St. in Manayunk to kick off this weekend the right way.

If you were looking for another chance to check out some of the pros and maybe you live out in the burbs, consider heading over to Montgomery County’s finest shop, Keswick Cycle for some face time with the boys and girls of the shop and team Liquigas. There will be a raffle for a ride in the Mavic neutral support car as well as a Liquigas jersey signed by the whole Liquigas team.

If you could pull yourself away from The Wall or Lemon Hill, you could venture down to the parkway where the rest of the folks hang out and see the Cadence Foundation kids sprint it out on the course in between laps. This is where the real racing is done. These kids just kill it and they work hard all year to race on an international stage. Such a great opportunity for such a great cause.

Breakaway Bikes and Scott Cycles are throwing another one of their great VIP parties up on Lemon Hill. In previous years, the coverage from their living room was so good that the announcers were using their tent to call the race. Besides the great family atmosphere of sipping some brews and watching some races, this is a time to party and we know that Bart from Scott brings the party I hope he tells the “dancers” that we are not supposed to see their bras through the skinsuits. I will leave it just about there. You can pick up your tickets to the party at the shop over at 19th and Chestnut in Center City.

While you are walking around the race course, you can be tempted by some treats that are being pedaled all around the assembled crowds by the ladies of Gearing Up! There will be a mobile bake sale that is using my old bike trailer. Kristin and a few of the Gearing Up! alums are raising the rest of the $500 to go on the Neighborhood Bike Works ride of dreams.  Buy some of these goodies, they are made with love from a ton of your Philly bike nuts.

I will continue to push out some posts as the week goes by, so if you hear of any new info, shoot it my way.


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