April 17, 2006 (Philadelphia, Penn.) — Pro Cycling Tour has named Fox Chase Cancer Center as the official charity of the Pennsylvania Triple Crown of Cycling, a three event pro cycling series anchored by the 22nd annual Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. Over the next five years, Fox Chase will benefit from fundraising events associated with the three races including the Lancaster Classic on June 4, the Reading Classic on June 8 and the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship on June 11.
The 2006 charity event will be “Pedal for Prevention,” a non-competitive bike ride open to people of all ages. The ride takes place on the championship race course in Philadelphia beginning at 7:00 a.m., Sunday, June 11. The route includes Kelly Drive, the infamous Manayunk “Wall” (pushing allowed!) and Lemon Hill. The course is cleared of participants before the pros hit the streets for the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship starting at 9:00 a.m. (Online registration begins next week.)
“Our mutual goals are to extend the success of this racing event throughout the region, engage greater community participation, and create an annual, signature fundraising and educational platform for Fox Chase Cancer Center,” said Robert C. Young, M.D., president of Fox Chase Cancer Center.
The Pennsylvania Triple Crown of Cycling Benefiting Fox Chase Cancer Center is a major highlight of the annual professional cycling season in the United States. The Philadelphia International Cycling Championship is the highest ranked single day road race in North America as determined by the Union Cycliste International, the world governing body of the sport.
Nearly 1,000 competitive cyclists in the Elite, Women’s Elite and Professional categories from some 20 nations will compete in the Triple Crown series for prize money totaling $130,000. While each of the three races will have its own winner and prize list, the emphasis will be on which rider and team can win the overall series, determined by adding up points scored in each race.
The Pennsylvania Triple Crown of Cycling is held under the auspices of Commonwealth International Cycling, a Pennsylvania company dedicated to the development of cycling events and programs in Pennsylvania. Pro Cycling Tour, LLC manages the event. For more information about the PA Triple Crown Benefiting Fox Chase Cancer Center, log onto www.procyclingtour.com.
Fox Chase Cancer Center was founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as the nation’s first cancer hospital. In 1974, Fox Chase became one of the first institutions designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Fox Chase conducts basic, clinical, population and translational research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox of Chase activities, visit the Center’s web site at www.fccc.edu or call 1-888-FOX CHASE.