Rockstar Games Presents: The 39th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic - Sunday, June 17th

Posted on June 4 2012, 12:23pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

Rockstar Games is pleased to present the 39th annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic on Father’s Day, June 17 at Marcus Garvey Park in New York City (121st Street and Fifth Avenue).  The historic community event provides a unique opportunity for cyclists from all levels and age groups to converge on the streets of Harlem in a day-long celebration of cycling filled with competitive, high-speed racing; music, food; and family entertainment.  

After continued support and recognition on the professional circuit, the David Walker Memorial Race, the highlight of the festival for all cycling enthusiasts, has been awarded national status and is one of only four races nationwide named to the two national criterium - or short course - racing calendars for 2012. Some of the world’s finest professional riders including Tour De France stage winner Léon van Bon of Holland will be taking part in what promises to be an outstanding sporting event. The race will be televised live on NYC Life TV, Channel 25 in New York City, and streamed live online – further details to follow.
"The Skyscraper is a perfect example of a strong USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar event” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling Managing Director of National Events.  “As a stop on USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar, the professional men’s race will attract some of world’s finest racing talent for an unparalleled display of speed, power and skill on the iconic streets of Harlem."
I am excited that the USA CRITS Series is coming to New York City as a part of a great American tradition on Father’s Day,” stated USA CRITS founder Gene Dixon “As the longest running event on the series, there is no better place to define the sport of criterium racing.”
Founded in 1973 by David Walker, a Community Affairs Officer with NYPD’s 25th Precinct, the Skyscraper was designed to attract children to a cycling safety program through the excitement of professional racing, and to offer amateur riders a chance to race in a beautiful urban setting. Mr. Walker’s vision continues with Bike New York’s Learn to Ride program, which will be available, at no charge, to children from 1:00 to 3:00PM during the amateur races. Additionally, a BMX stunt show will take place, including BMX racing instruction for children.
Registration opens at 11AM on Father’s Day followed by a series of children’s and amateur races starting the day’s festivities at noon.  Race winners will be going home with new bicycles - another David Walker tradition honored by the event.  The day will conclude with the prestigious David Walker Memorial Race.
11AM - Registration opens for Kids, Amateur, Pro races
12PM - Kid’s sprints and lap races begin
1PM - BMX stunt show begins with performances throughout the day and BMX classes for children
1 - 3PM - Bike New York’s Learn to Ride program
1PM - Amateur races featuring various men’s and women’s categories and events
3:55PM - Call to line for pro racers
4PM - Skyscraper NCC and USA Crits event - David Walker Memorial Race
The Skyscraper is, above all, a community cycling festival, with fixed gear races, children’s events, great food and music, and some of the most spectacular, professional racing to be seen anywhere. We’re extremely proud to be sponsoring the event for the fourth year in a row and members of the Rockstar Games team will be on-hand with Rockstar-branded merchandise to give away near the start and finish lines.
For more details on the event, check out their official site at

  • G.I.Juton June 6 2012, 2:02amReplyFlag
    speaking of father's day.. TRIPLE XP on RDR and MP3 plz, Cuz it's better than a tie.
    • IWIHooliganon June 5 2012, 2:44pmReplyFlag
      Yay can't believe its that time again! Good luck to the team!!! Pedal until your veins pump battery acid!! w00t!
      • Sprunk1995on June 5 2012, 1:37pmReplyFlag
        Yeah i saw this cycling thing before and the Rockstar logo all over the place but i didn't understand what Rockstar has to do with this, now i understood that you guys supporting this sport, that's really cool :)
        • FlimSurpuissanton June 5 2012, 7:25amReplyFlag
          Check this song that illustrate the event perfectly , it's fun to listen . Maybe you Americans know about it ? French hit

          • Heelphon June 5 2012, 9:36amReplyFlag
            @FlimSurpuissant Old french music but very good. (i'm french)
          • FlimSurpuissanton June 5 2012, 10:29amReplyFlag
            @Heelph J'essayais d'attirer l'attention de R* avec du bon vieux Yves Montand, visiblement ils en ont rien a foutre héhé . Si ca te dit de rejoindre mon crew en hommage au flim La classe américaine t'es le bienvenu . Et bonne continuation aux Murder Machines , leur emblème et leur devise me plaisent bien !
          • bidouxon June 5 2012, 10:11pmReplyFlag
            @FlimSurpuissant Hahah Effectivement ils en onr rien à foutre !!
        • Iknowthatfeelon June 5 2012, 6:42amReplyFlag
          Too bad I don't live in the states but nevertheless it's a cool event and I hope everything is going to go well and you guys have some fun!
          • Fantastic_Mr_Caton June 5 2012, 6:35amReplyFlag
            As a keen cyclist and considering Rockstar as my favourite game company a find it really awesome that you guys support this kind of thing.
            • BL00Dy_C0BR4on June 5 2012, 6:24amReplyFlag
              Hey R*, it is any chance to see you at E3 showroom ?
              • Finn77on June 5 2012, 5:12amReplyFlag
                Great to see you guys supporting the community, hats off for you guys.
                • R* Kon June 5 2012, 6:27amReplyFlag
                  @Finn77 Cheers, Rockstar Games has a longstanding passions for the sport of cycling and it's a pleasure to support this fantastic event
                • bidouxon June 5 2012, 6:31amReplyFlag
                  @ It is cool to share. Even if the Americans not really good to this sport.
              • Walnuttyon June 5 2012, 4:57amReplyFlag
                Great way to give back to the community.And to brainwash all those unsuspecting kids with sublimanls so they buy r games muhahaha.Nah really looks like fun event from nascar to cycling wonder whats next.
                • FlimSurpuissanton June 5 2012, 3:50amReplyFlag
                  This news reminds me that I didn't play R* presents Table Tennis yet.
                  • R* Kon June 5 2012, 6:23amReplyFlag
                    @FlimSurpuissant That's a roundabout way of reminding you but grab a buddy and check it out!
                • ErnestoRockon June 5 2012, 3:08amReplyFlag
                  Im trying to finish New York minute, but its frustrating every time you fail, you have to restart from checkpoint 1.
                • Rollawon June 5 2012, 2:50amReplyFlag
                  R* can you make this awesome poster available in the warehouse for us?
                  • VeryHushHushon June 5 2012, 12:19amReplyFlag
                    Getting all in Tour de France mood here...but first - Euro 2012! Crazy sports summer btw

                    Euro 2012, Tour de France & Olympic Games :-D
                    • ChicagoEnigmaon June 4 2012, 9:09pmReplyFlag
                      I just started work on a 29 inch wheel base bike. I've taken it down to the bare bones, and plan on making it my own custom Urban, yet high quality level of aesthetics and function. Including giving it a fresh paint job. Eventually, I hope to have it ready for the the benefit rides around Chicago this fall. :)
                      • R* Qon June 5 2012, 12:17amReplyFlag
                        @ChicagoEnigma Very cool, make sure to snap a pic and share it with us when it's all done!
                      • ChicagoEnigmaon June 5 2012, 1:21pmReplyFlag
                        @ Will do, I looks like a wreck now thou. But it's one solid frame.. ;0)
                    • scareface1970on June 4 2012, 4:51pmReplyFlag
                      A year past by that i seen this event on the stream i thought and here we have again The 39th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic one of the greatest entertainment for Cycling and other FUN things.
                      Keep this up R* it's good, cool and fun.

                      ***Rockstar*** And Sports :D::D:D
                    • FlimSurpuissanton June 4 2012, 3:56pmReplyFlag
                      Great food and great music . I can imagine great food but will you tell us what music it will be ?
                    • Rockstar_Viennaon June 4 2012, 3:53pmReplyFlag
                      I will visit NY for the first time next month... Too bad this event isn`t in July. But nevertheless, can`t wait for New York. When can I stop by, R*? ^_^
                      • CroatianGameron June 4 2012, 3:52pmReplyFlag
                        Guys now when MP3 is almost over 90% R* is working on other games, so they work now even more harder on games that are cooming :)

                        on topic
                        I thought it was something like, when everybody ride their bikes to help. But its a pro cycling, right?
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