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Bike race will celebrate Reading’s 275th anniversary

To commemorate the 275th anniversary of Reading and its rich history of bicycle racing, the Citizens Bicycle Road Race will be held atop Mount Penn in August.

The event is being organized by the Penn Wheelmen, a cycling club formed in Reading in 1889.

The race will take place on Aug. 27, starting at 9 a.m. Registration is open for the event at

Dave Kline, executive director of the Penn Wheelmen, said the race is open to all who wish to take part in the event.

“We’ll be racing for commemorative medals and memories — not cash,” he said. “Everyone who enters the race will be allowed to finish. No one will be pulled.”

All participants must wear a cycling helmet and gloves. The race course will be managed and marshaled by Central Berks and Reading police with additional volunteers and will be considered an open course, meaning local traffic has the potential to get onto the course even though intersections will be watched and guarded.

The race route will be a loop that begins at the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower on Mount Penn, travels along Skyline Drive past the Pagoda to Duryea Drive. It will then follow Angora Road to List Road before connecting back with Skyline Drive and finishing at the fire tower.

Riders will be split into several categories based on age.

The cost to register is $5 for ages 8 to 17, and $25 for adults. The deadline to register is Aug. 21.

The race will raise funds for the Penn Wheelmen, Mount Penn Preservation Partnership and the Mountain Folk Music Scholarship Fund administered by the Reading Musical Foundation.

The fire tower will be open during the event and interested spectators are encouraged to climb to the observation deck to look out over the city as the cyclists make their way through the course.

Source: Berkshire mont

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