The annual Philly Phlyer Bike Race Series concluded its events at Temple University this past Sunday. The bicycle race was sponsored by the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference, Temple’s Office of Sustainability and Bike Temple, who provided refreshments and information throughout the event.
The races, which began at Fairmount Park and tackled several areas for “urban biking” around the area included college and high school students from all over. Every rider in each race was assigned a particular schedule and path to follow. Temple’s race began and finished in front of the bell tower at North 13 Street. The bikers raced through Diamond, North 10th and West Montgomery streets trying to meet or beat their time limit. Sidelines were crowded with spectators, from bike enthusiasts to local schools from the area that were in full attendance for the festivities.
“Races like this weren’t really on my agenda. Actually I’m a mountain biker so last weekend was the first time I ever got into a real race,” said University of Queens student, Chris Fuekel. “I did really well last weekend and had a great time, had a great showing, had a lot more fun than I thought I would so that’s what pretty cool about a series like the ECCC. It’s open to people that are just starting and having fun.”