A press conference for this weekend’s Reading Radsport Community Festival was held on Thursday, August 1, at Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA.
The Radsport Festival will be held in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region of Reading, West Reading and Berks County, PA, on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 & 4, 2019. All profits from the Reading Radsport Festival are given to the Reading Recreation Commission for the purpose of helping to provide food and activities for Reading’s youth.
Watch the Press Conference video below, PLUS on-the-scene updates will be hosted on BCTV’s Facebook page by local cycling enthusiast Dave Kline throughout the weekend!
Posted by bctv.org on Thursday, August 1, 2019
Now in its third year, the Reading Radsport Festival presented by Tower Health-UPMC Health Plan is the latest iteration of professional and citizen bicycle races to be held in the community. With a pedigree of hosting bicycle races that pre-dates the prestigious Tour de France, Reading and Berks County has been on the world cycling map since the late 1800s.
During the press conference, Reading Radsport race directors Kacey and Gabe Lloyd answered questions and introduced other key members of the festival team. Fresh from their recent interview in the cycling community’s well loved “To Be Determined Journal”, in which they directed positive attention to Reading and Berks County via the Reading Radsport, the Lloyds have built a solid reputation for growing community engagement by putting on major bicycling events. This years event has already gained attention from the prestigious publication, Bicycling Magazine, due to a special and collaborative fundraising effort, which involves 3-time Olympian, Bobby Lea, allowing people to bump him back on the starting grid all in the interest of raising funds for the Reading Recreation Commission.
Translated from German, Reading Radsport literally means Reading Riding Sport Festival. In addition to thrilling, criterium-style bike racing in West Reading on Saturday, there will also be family fun activities and a special demonstration of trick skills by local riders. Sunday’s events will include the fearsome Mt. Penn Hill Climb Challenge, with special spectator party zones in Reading’s City Park, as well as on Turn #9 on Duryea Drive, and The Reading Radsport Lonely Hearts Club Band belting out live music jams at the landmark Pagoda, which is Turn #10 on the course, the final big turn before the final grind to the finish line on the summit of Mount Penn at the William Penn Memorial Firetower. Interested runners can also race in a runner’s hillclimb from Reading’s City Park to the Pagoda on Sunday.
The Reading Radsport Festival is Presented by Tower Health-UMPC Health Plan and hosted by and to benefit the Reading Recreation Commission. Other major sponsors include Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust, Penn National Gaming, Customers Bank, EQUUS Partners, Penske, WEEU and Fromuth Tennis. Additional sponsor and community partners include Unique, Saucony Creek, Double Tree by Hilton Reading, EnerSys, Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, GRCA, Piazza Acura of Reading, Floyds of Leadville, Abus Helmets, Gage Personnel, East Penn, Boscov’s, Vie13 Kustom Apparel, Picturesque Framing, Eastridge Outfitters, Massano Bradley, American PowerNet, Redner’s and State Farm.