Event Day Photos & Recap of the 39th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic

Posted on June 20 2012, 1:18pm | Author: R* W | Filed Under: Rockstar

The start of the Category 2/3 Men's race in Marcus Garvey Park.

Thanks to everyone that came out to Marcus Garvey Park this past Sunday as well as to all who tuned in to the live stream to experience the 39th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. Our congratulations to all the day's race winners, including the victor of the National Criterium Calendar and the dynamic USA CRITS main event, Jake Keough.

In the morning, a series of children’s races warmed up the asphalt, giving spectators a glimpse of some prospective future pro racers and Olympic hopefuls in action. The amateur races began soon after with an intense fixed-gear sprint over just four laps of the 1.2km circuit. With one gear and no brakes, the riders went all out to distance themselves from the rest of the field – setting a high standard that continued through the rest of the day. Attendees were also treated to a King of New York® mini-jam where pro BMX freestyle riders put on an amazing stunt show using large and small quarterpipes, multiple grandboxes and more, courtesy of Baby Bean Productions.
The points races then began with Michael Anderson winning the Cat 4 Men's Points race, and Gerard Yeates and Anthony Taylor winning the Masters 35+ and 45+ races respectively. Chase Goldstein won the Cat 2/3 Men's race and Laura Van Gilder, a longtime top-rider on the professional circuit, took the Pro 1/2/3 Women's race, setting the stage for the main event - a stop on both USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar and the dynamic USA CRITS circuit - the David Walker Memorial Men's Professional race, an event that attracts some of world’s finest racing talent for an unparalleled display of speed, power and skill on the iconic streets of Harlem. 
After Dominican national Augusto Sanchez made an early break, USA Olympian Bobby Lea - runner up in last year's main event - used his experience to power away from the chasing pack into a commanding solo lead. Behind him, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team grouped together at the front of the peloton biding their time to make a move. Just after the start of the final lap they attacked the leader - young Kiwi rider, Cameron Kowalski - and set up a textbook lead out, lining up over the final lap to help Jake Keough, the fastest sprinter in the field, launch towards the finish line. After a nail-biting final few corners, Jake crossed the line ahead of world renowned cyclist Emile Abraham, and his own brother Luke Keough, to decisively win the 2012 David Walker Memorial. The victory makes it two wins in two events for Jake, after he and teammate Hilton Clark's one-two podium punch at last weekend's 2012 Crystal City Cup in Crystal City, Virginia. 
Check out a few photos from the event below, and for anybody that didn't have a chance to watch our live race day webcast stream, you can see the archived video featuring the entirety of the David Walker Memorial Men's Professional race, and the ending of the Pro 1/2/3 Women's race here.
You can also visit the official Harlem Skyscraper site for all of the day's results, and even more event day media.

The competitors set off at the start of the David Walker Memorial main event.
The Kid's Race at the 39th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Classic, Father's Day 2012 - Photos Marco Quezada
Photos from the 39th Annual David Walker Memorial Elite Men's Professional race. Left: Jake Keough celebrates after his final sprint puts him well ahead of the pack. Right: Luke Keough (left) wins third place, his Brother Jake Keough (center) takes first, and Emile Abraham (right) places second.

Photos from the Pro 1/2/3 Women's race. Left: Laura Van Gilder celebrates her decisive victory. Right: Mandy Marquardt (left) takes second place and Laura Van Gilder (right) the overall winner. Not shown is third place finisher, Kimberly Edwards - Photos Marco Quezada.
Cyclists jockey for the inside line during the David Walker Memorial main event.
Performers from the Baby Bean action sports team show off their aerial skills for the crowd at the 2012 Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic.


  • Walnuttyon June 21 2012, 11:28amReplyFlag
    Was cool good race, props to Bobby Lee made the last few laps interesting.
  • mouveron June 21 2012, 11:27amReplyFlag

    Sorry for being a little bit off-topic Rockstar but my runner-up prize arrived today. :-D
    I just want to say Thank you^^ :D
  • FlimSurpuissanton June 21 2012, 9:13amReplyFlag
    So, great music ?
    • Marney-1on June 21 2012, 9:06amReplyFlag
      Rockstar should make embossed foil R* logo stickers which fans could stick on their own bikes.
      • Genesicityon June 21 2012, 8:39amReplyFlag
        Thanks for pics and recap ...

        Please Please Please make that cycling jersey available in the warehouse as well, for the first time in my life I wouldn't mind wearing something pink as it looks real class!!!
      • Rockstar_Viennaon June 21 2012, 8:32amReplyFlag
        Can`t wait to see Harlem and the rest of NY next month :D :D :D
        • TechnoDikon June 21 2012, 8:27amReplyFlag
          I'm more into my BMXing than those type of bikes, I've got my own pro trick bike and everythin, you guys should sponser an X Games event or something.
          • NYNYBMXon June 21 2012, 1:41pmReplyFlag
            @TechnoDik What about sponsoring the King of New York?! Great urban event, right up there with the X Games but way cooler!
        • huevosbenedictoon June 21 2012, 8:17amReplyFlag
          Pretty cool to see a gaming company promote good health and exercise by doing this. Good job.
          • CroatianGameron June 21 2012, 6:28amReplyFlag
            This was fun to watch on stream i bet how fun would it be to i watched it LIVE.
            • ROCKSTAR_THEBESTon June 21 2012, 6:06amReplyFlag
              I want that green bmx!!!!!
              • Sprunk1995on June 20 2012, 8:45pmReplyFlag
                Rockstar sorry this is off topic, but i wanted to share my Sunday Driver Facebook Timeline cover that i made with my nickname on it, i didn't find a right topic where to share it :/


                Am a big fan of the movie i like Sunday Driver so much ! ♥
                In San Andreas i only drive Low Riders :)

                It would be nice if you guys keep making movies
                • Rod266on June 20 2012, 8:14pmReplyFlag
                  May I ask why do you guys do this? More so, why has this continued for 39 years??
                • R* Xon June 20 2012, 6:50pmReplyFlag
                  Again, please be sure to keep all of your comments on topic, anyone continuing to post messages that are off topic will be subject to having their commenting privileges suspended
                  • PHLAKERS242on June 20 2012, 7:07pmReplyFlag
                    @ I speak for everyone. It is easy to get carried away sometimes. Apologies
                  • mattiejson June 20 2012, 7:10pmReplyFlag
                    @ Its not that easy when absolutely no one knows anything about this cycling thing. Im sure its cool but theres only so many things I can say about it.
                  • VeryHushHushon June 20 2012, 9:41pmReplyFlag
                    @mattiejs Then be sure to watch Le Tour de France from June 30th!
                    Not many sport events are as dramatic, grandiose and epic - especially when the peloton gets
                    to the Alps and Pyrenees!
                • GoodCatholicBoyon June 20 2012, 4:51pmReplyFlag
                  I'm gonna attend next year and use Super Bunny Hop cheat and beat everyone! >:D
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