Amateurs and Olympians alike will descend upon Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on Father’s Day, June 20 to compete in the 37th annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic presented by Rockstar Games. Just wanted to take a little time to show some props to Rockstar, especially when they do something non-gaming related for such a good cause. If rumors hold and they won’t have a presence a E3, then at least their will be something coming out of Rockstar to smile about that week. If you are in NYC that week, get over there.
Olympic Champion Walter Perez of Argentina and four-time World Champion Franco Marvulli will return to the city that inspired the Madison, their track racing specialty. German track racing stars Leif Lampater and Christian Grasmann will join them on June 20 to chase a $15,000 prize on the 0.75 mile, perfect square racecourse around Marcus Garvey Park (121st Street & Fifth Avenue) in Harlem.
This year’s David Walker Memorial Pro/Am and children’s races have also been designated as NYC Mayor’s Cup events, awarding the winners of each division with an NYC Mayor’s Cup and title of “Fastest Riders in New York City.” The NYC Mayor’s Cup is a program of NYC & Company’s Sports Marketing Department, which was recently revamped to include more sporting events than ever before throughout New York City.
Sponsoring the race for a second consecutive year gives Rockstar Games the opportunity to mix their passion for cycling with an event that enriches the community. Members of Rockstar Games will be on-hand with Rockstar-branded merchandise near the start and finish lines.
“Cycling is a die-hard passion for many of us at Rockstar,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We look forward to a day filled with exciting bike races and entertainment. It’s a real honor for us to be involved once again with such a prestigious New York City street event.”
The race day will begin with a series of children’s and community races from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The children’s races have been designated as NYC Mayor’s Cup events, which will crown “the fastest riders in New York City.” Each child who competes will be given a free helmet and T-shirt courtesy of the New York City Department of Transportation. Winners of the children’s races will each receive a free bicycle.
Adding to the block party atmosphere will be live performances by hip-hop icons Biz Markie and Mister Cee amongst other performers. New York City’s famed Wafels & Dinges and Frites & Meats food trucks will be at the event for all in attendance. Jumbotron screens and a series of amateur races will warm up the crowd for the David Walker Memorial Pro/Am at 4:00 p.m.
The late David Walker, an NYPD Community Affairs Officer, founded the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic with the purpose of inspiring children to ride bicycles for exercise; to introduce them to a healthy lifestyle; to provide a productive outlet to harness their energy; and to teach safety, responsibility, and sportsmanship. The present-day event pays homage to the classic American bike races of the Roaring Twenties that were rich with speed, money, and glamour. Cyclists can register in advance to compete at www.bikereg.com. Race day registration will be available on site. For further information, please visit: www.skyscraper-harlembikerace.com.