Coverage of the annual soapbox race events sponsored by Red Bull.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Red Bull Soapbox Race - Philadelphia International Cycling Classic - Netflix
The Philadelphia International Championship is an annual bicycle race held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is described as “America's top international cycling classic, and one of the richest and most prestigious one day races outside of Europe.” It is one of the longest single-day races in the U.S. at 199.6 kilometres (124.0 mi). The men's event is ranked 1.1 by the International Cycling Union (UCI), the sport's governing body, which makes it the highest ranked single-day race in the Western Hemisphere after the UCI World Tour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal and Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec. It is part of the UCI America Tour. The race has existed since 1985, but its name has changed a number of times, because of the changing of names of its corporate sponsors, due to bank mergers and acquisitions. The title sponsor was originally CoreStates Bank, followed by First Union Bank in 1998, then Wachovia Bank in 2002. In November 2005, Wachovia withdrew its sponsorship. With assistance from former Philadelphia mayor and then-Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, a corporate sponsor was found in 2006; Commerce Bank made a four-year commitment. Due to its acquisition by Toronto-Dominion Bank in 2007, Commerce Bank became TD Bank in 2008. The Philadelphia International Championship was once the final leg of a one-week, 3-race circuit called the TD Bank Triple Crown of Cycling. The races took place in Lancaster, Reading and Philadelphia. The opening race was the Lancaster Classic, followed four days later by the Reading Classic, with the finale in Philadelphia three days after that. Through 2005, the highest placed finisher registered in the United States was named the USPRO champion, whether or not he won the race. The race was often called the USPRO Championship; however, USA Cycling, the national governing body, stripped the Philadelphia race of the USPRO title, wanting to limit the race to Americans. Local organizers insisted the field remain open to the pros from all around the world. There is a men's and a women's race, the latter called the Liberty Classic. The seven-lap men's race consists of a three-lap 1.6 km (0.99 mi) opening circuit, followed by seven 23.2 km (14.4 mi) laps of the primary circuit, then a five-lap 4.8 km closing circuit. The total distance is 251 km (156 mi). The women's race is on the same course but starts later and is shorter: 4 laps of the primary circuit for 92.7 km (57.6 mi). The race starts on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and then heads along Kelly Drive into the northwest section of the city, through East Falls, Manayunk, and Roxborough, then return to the Parkway and Logan Circle to complete its loop, passing parts of Fairmount Park along the way. Top cyclists who have participated include Eric Heiden, who won the race in 1985, Greg LeMond, and Lance Armstrong, who started his professional career when he won the race in 1993. The cancellation of the 2017 races was announced by the UCI at the end of January 2017, citing difficulty in obtaining sponsorship resulting in financial difficulties for the organisers.
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