EVENT TIMES

7:00 am: Recreational Ride Starts in City Park (12, 45 or 90 mile options)
7:45 am: Pagoda Road Run Starts at the Fire Tower.
9:00 am: Pro Race Opening Ceremonies.
9:30 am: Pro Race Starts in City Park.
9:30 am: The Reading 120 Festival commences at the Start/finish line with the family fun zone, Food Truck Festival, Wine and Beer Garden, Expo, and more!
10:00 to 11:00 am: Hand Cycle Race begins in City Park.
Approximately 11:15 am: Pro Race goes through City Park.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Youth Races in City Park
Approximately 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Pro Race returns to City Park for three laps on the City/Lower Alsace/Mt Penn Circuit.
2:30 to 3:00 pm: Pro Race Awards Ceremony in City Park

WHERE TO WATCH

The five laps of the Reading circuit are very spectator-friendly. There is no one way to watch the race, so use your imagination and figure out what works best for you and yours. The race is free, beautiful and exciting. Please come and enjoy a day of international sport and community celebration.

LEARN MORE

MAP & ROUTE INFO

Reading 120 Map with Finishing Circuit

Reading 120 Race Profile

Last 3 Miles Altimetric Profile

VIEW PARKING MAP
VIEW INTERACTIVE MAP
VIEW TIMETABLE

WHERE TO WATCH

The best viewing location is at Reading’s City Park, where spectators can view the race up to twelve times, as the course serpentines through the park. The Park will also feature the start/finish line, Reading Sprint Zone and a dual-sided, high-definition jumbotron broadcasting the race live as it traverses Berks County. This area will also host the start and finish of the recreational ride, hand cycle race and youth races, as well as the family fun zone, food truck festival, expo and wine and beer garden. Free parking will be available on the day of the event at the Reading Intermediate High School Parking Garage, North 12th Street and Walnut Street. Free parking will also be available beginning Friday evening through Sunday morning at all Reading Parking Authority Garages, see map for various locations.

If you can’t make it to the park, then catch the action at any of these following locations (check out the timetables for estimated race arrivals times):

  • Carsonia Avenue at Harvey Avenue in Lower Alsace Township will allow spectators the opportunity to view the race five times and will feature the official start line (UCI, the governing body of pro cycling, limits the course length to 200 kilometers; therefore, this year’s race will have a neutral start from City Park in order to stay within the maximum allowed distance.) This area will also host the Antietam Valley Community Partnership’s Race Festival featuring food, a beer garden and live music.
  • Mount Penn Fire Tower, also in Lower Alsace Township will allow spectators the opportunity to view the race four times and will feature the Penn National Gaming Foundation King of the Mountain Zone. Parking will be available at the Fire Tower; however, access will be limited during the race. Access parking via Skyline Drive. Spectators wanting to cheer at the Fire Tower should plan to arrive after 9:30 AM and before 11:00 AM. The Fire Tower will be open and free to the public on race day. It features a 168 step climb to an observation deck with panoramic views of Reading and Berks County.
  • Reading Pagoda, in the City of Reading will allow spectators the opportunity to view the race four times from this iconic Reading landmark. Spectators wanting to cheer at the Pagoda, should plan to arrive after 9:30 AM and before 10:45 AM. There is no parking at the Pagoda on race day; therefore it is recommended that spectators plan for drop-off and pick-up or walk one mile south on Skyline Drive from the Fire Tower to the Pagoda. The Pagoda will be open and free to the public on race day. It features a 360 degree porch offering panoramic views of Reading and Berks County.
  • Main Street in Oley at the intersection with Friedensburg Road will allow spectators the opportunity to view the race four times.
  • Main Street in Kutztown will allow spectators the opportunity to view the race twice, as the race bookends Kutztown University’s 150th Anniversary Parade. Main Street will also host the Kutztown Sprint Zone.
  • Duryea Drive in the City of Reading will allow spectators the opportunity to view the race four times and get closer to the action than in any other location. Think of the mountain stages in the Tour De France, where countless spectators run alongside the cyclists. Here is your opportunity to recreate the famed climb in the Alps, with or without costume! There is no parking on Duryea Drive. Spectators wanting to cheer in this location are encouraged to park around City Park and walk up Duryea Drive from Clymer Street, or park along Shearer Road, any time after 9:30, and walk up Duryea Drive toward the Pagoda.

The course was designed by Race Director, John Eustice. For more information, contact him at (e): jde@spartacycling.com.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Gran Fondo

September 10 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Men’s Pro Race

September 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hand-cycle Race

September 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Youth Races

September 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Pagoda Classic Road Run

September 10 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Recreational Ride

This year’s recreation ride, known as a Gran Fondo, will feature three course options: 12, 45 and 90 miles. Each of the three courses will trace a portion of the pro race course, with the 12 mile option riding from City Park to Antietam Lake and back via Carsonia Avenue; the 45 mile option tracing the course from City Park to Kutztown and back again, and the 90 mile option riding from City Park to Kutztown and then into some of the most beautiful farmland throughout the Oley Valley, including covered bridges! Both 45 and 90 mile options include a climb up Mount Penn and past the iconic Fire Tower and Pagoda. Registration is available on-line and on the day of the event. For more information contact Patrick Leaman at (E): patrickleaman@gmail.com

Men’s Pro Race Course

This year’s Reading 120 course was designed with three goals in mind: continue the legacy of the toughest single-day road race in all of the Americas; showcase the scenic beauty and iconic architecture in Reading and Berks County, and with the webcast, create a travel log of our area; and create a spectator friendly event, where the race can be viewed multiple times at various locations throughout the county.

Hand Cycle Race

This year’s course is a .4 mile criterium in City Park, beginning and ending at the start/finish line, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15858589. There is 36’ of change in elevation, which will make for a fast race. The course will encircle the race festival, giving spectators the ability to watch the entire race from the center of the oval. The race is produced by the I’m ABLE Foundation, supporting active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities. For more information contact Chris Kaag (E): chris@corpsfitness.net (O): 877.595.3505

Youth Races

Members from the Reading Bike Hub and Roll Right Reading will host youth races in City Park, with each race finishing at the same line as the pros. Age groups include 3-5 years of age racing 100 yards, 6-8 years of age racing 300 yards, 9-11 years of age racing 500 yards, 12-14 years of age racing 700 yards and 15+ years of age racing 800 yards. Registration is required; however, there is no entry fee. Participants can register on the day of event before 11:00 AM at the Registration / Information tent located in the heart of City Park. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal. For more information contact Dani Motze (E): dani@redesignreading.org.

Pagoda Classic Road Race

This year’s 6 kilometer (3.75 miles) & 12 kilometer (7.5 miles) courses are reversed, which will give runners spectacular views of the Reading skyline and a picture perfect pass in front of the Pagoda! Registration is on-line at pretzelcitysports.com, and participants can register on the day of the event before 7:30 AM at the Fire Tower atop Mount Penn accessed from Skyline Drive. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal. For more information contact Sorita Averill (E): arunningstart@msn.com or (Store): 610.320.9097

Vendors

Food trucks will be on-hand to provide food and drink throughout the day. This year’s vendors include: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Gourmond, Perk up, Sweet Ride and C&D Distributing, the caterer for the VIP Tent. A portion of the proceeds from sales from these vendors will benefit youth programs offered through the Reading Recreation Commission.

Parking

Once again, the Reading Parking Authority is offering free parking in all City garages for race weekend. The gates will open in the early evening on Friday, September 9th to assist residents affected by the mandatory no-parking restriction on the race course. The garages will remain open throughout Saturday, September 10th. Also available free of charge is the parking garage at the Reading Intermediate High School (formerly St. Joseph’s Hospital), directly opposite City Park. The garage entrance is accessible from North 12th Street from either Walnut Street or Elm Street. For more information, contact Rei Encarnacion, Executive Director, RPA, (E): rencarnacion@readingparking.com and Kristin Boyd, Director of Communications, Reading School District (E): boydkm@readingsd.org.

Family Fun Zone

The Family Fun Zone will feature an inflatable slide, face painting, arts and crafts, lawn games, a Pound fitness class at 10:30AM, and big wheel races.  The Fun Zone is sponsored by the Reading Recreation Commission, a community partnership between the City of Reading and the Reading School District.  The zone will be located adjacent to the food vendors, in front of the Bandshell, at the corner of Constitution Boulevard and Rose Garden Way. For more information, contact Rec Commission Executive Director, Daphne Klahr (E): daphne.klahr@readingpa.gov (O): 610.655.6058.

Wine and Beer Garden

This year we’ll feature wines from regional vineyards, including Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery and craft brews from the Saucony Creek Brewery and Oakbrook Brewery. This area will be located adjacent to the start finish line. ID is required in order to access the wine and beer garden.

 

Most importantly, the Reading 120 is a free event! So grab your cow bell and come cheer on cyclists from around the world, as they compete in the greatest single day of racing here in Reading and Berks County!

WHERE TO STAY

OFFICIAL RACE HEADQUARTERS

Crowne Plaza

1741 Papermill Road, Reading, PA 19610

Phone: (610) 376-3811

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The Abraham Lincoln Hotel

100 N 5th Street Hwy, Reading, PA 19601

Phone: (610) 372-3700

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Candlewood Suites

55 S. 3rd Ave, Reading, PA 19611

Phone: (610) 898-1910

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Courtyard Reading Wyomissing

150 N Park Rd, Reading, PA 19610

Phone: (610) 378-1137

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Hampton Inn

1800 Papermill Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Phone: (610) 374-8100

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Holiday Inn Express

405 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Phone: (610) 373-4444

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The Inn at Reading

1040 N Park Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Phone: (610) 372-7811

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