Thanks to everyone that came out to the 37th Annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic. Father's Day at
Marcus Garvey Park was full of action this year as German Track Duo Christian Grasmann and
a decisive victory over a talented host of riders in this year's competition.
The day began with several races for children of all ages. DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba! performed while
the kids and teenagers sped around the park. DJ Mister Cee and Biz Markie deejayed and performed
to keep the crowds moving with hip-hop classics during all the exciting amateur and pro race action.
(Left To Right: DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba!, Biz Markie, & Mister Cee provided the sounds for the day)
Olympic Silver Medalist Nelson Vails was in attendance to oversee the children’s races, which was declared a
Mayor’s Cup event, crowning the winner as the “Fastest riders in New York City.” Winners received a new bicycle,
and all competitors were given a free helmet courtesy of the Department of Transportation.
In the women’s competition, sprinting sensation Laura Van Gilder bested her peers in a short race. Laura
McCaughey and Kimberly Edwards placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Men’s Pro Race, as well as our live stream, kicked off at 4 PM with German track champion
Team rider Christian Grasmann breaking away from the pack early on in the competition, keeping the other
riders 15 to 20 seconds behind. Shortly after his teammate, Leif Lampater, joined him ahead
of the pack.
both known for their prowess as Six-day racers, kept up an unrelenting pace until the end. The rest of the
break away from the pack themselves and gain any ground.
The pair fended off
attacks and were able to
maintain a gap that ranged from 15-30 seconds. Grasmann and Lampater
crossed the finish line in 1st and 2nd place, respectively, followed by
Melito Heredia, who rode for Innovation
Bike, crossing 3rd in the Men’s Pro Race.
For more details on the racing action, be sure to visit VeloNews' recap of the event complete with
the results of each race.
Just in case you couldn't make it to Harlem for the races, or missed our stream, we made sure to
record the Men's Pro Race for posterity.
Check out pics from this year's event:
You can also check out pictures and a brief recap from last year's event here:
Rockstar Games presents Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic 2009