Reading Radsport Festival transforms the town this weekend! Cheer on participants, and check out activities across Reading and West Reading on Saturday and Sunday.
Special Facebook LIVE exclusive, on-the-scene updates will be hosted on BCTV’s Facebook page by local cycling enthusiast Dave Kline throughout the weekend!
Reading Radsport Festival, a community focused cycling and running event, hosted by and benefiting the Reading Recreation Commission returns for the third year on August 3-4, 2019. The event will capitalize on last year’s success by once again hosting professional men’s and women’s cycling races and offering the opportunity for racers from the local area to participate in multiple cycling and running disciplines over the two-day event in Reading and West Reading, Pennsylvania. This community- focused event is entertaining for families of all ages.
From the main street of West Reading to the iconic Pagoda climb from City Park, there are hours of entertaining and engaging experiences for spectators and participants alike.
The 2019 Reading Radsport Festival highlights the West Reading and Reading Communities while directly benefiting the Reading Recreation Commission’s mission to provide over 80,000 meals and 40,000 snacks a year to at-risk youth in the Greater Reading Area.
Saturday’s West Reading Criterium boasts an equal prize purse of $10,000 in the women and men’s professional races with multiple opportunities for savvy racers to snag additional cash primes throughout the race. The crowd-pleasing Wheelie Competition will highlight Saturday’s exhibition events with additional amateur racing available earlier in the day. The featured events start times will allow racers and spectators alike the opportunity to enjoy the many shops and restaurants that line Saturday’s course.
WEST READING CRITERIUM SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD: West Reading will once again host the fast-paced Radsport Criterium in front of all the Penn Ave taverns and eateries for a thrilling night out. Technical turns and undulating straightaways will test the strength, power, and speed of the top Men and Women as each Professional category races for a $10,000 prize purse. Sunset will feature the professional women and men cycling criteriums. With events concluding around 8pm, West Reading bars and restaurants will be open for after- race drinks and meals and more.
Saturday, August 3 ABUS Wheelie and Combos: Thanks to ABUS Helmets, the Wheelie and Combos competition is stepping up. Prizes available for the winners including an ABUS helmet, but first you have to get through the qualification rounds. Judges will be from Reading and Allentown, so bring your A game. Only the top 20 will make it through to the finals on the course. Everyone signs a waiver, and everyone wears a helmet. Bring your helmet if you have one but we will have helmets for those who do not have one. Everyone is welcome!
MT. PENN HILL CLIMB SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH: The Mt. Penn Hill Climb is quickly making a name for itself as a must do event. A perfect venue to host a team challenge for your business, sponsors will receive select complimentary entry into the citizen’s race. On the climb up participants are cheered on by spectators — especially at ‘Turn 9’, which has become a community party zone! After the physical challenge, enjoy food and drinks in City Park as part of the festivities for the day.
Uphill Dash to the Pagoda: The Uphill Dash to the Pagoda returns with an extended 1.67 mile course which will now finish at the iconic Reading Pagoda. Races are scheduled so you can race both the cycling and running races!
CITY PARK DIRT COURSE SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH: For mountain bikers and cyclocross racers, City Park will host races on Sunday morning and afternoon, before and following the Mt. Penn Hill Climb. Test your skills and your speed against other racers at your level on this uniquely fun course.