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): firstname.lastname@example.org
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): email@example.com (O): 877.595.3505
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): firstname.lastname@example.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): email@example.com or (Store): 610.320.9097
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.
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): firstname.lastname@example.org and Kristin Boyd, Director of Communications, Reading School District (E): email@example.com.
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): firstname.lastname@example.org (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!