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Photos and article from 2009 Harlem Skyscraper Classic

On Sunday, after racing in this years Harlem Skyscraper Classic, David August Trimble took some vibrant detailed photographs that really captured the action of this pro cycling event.

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See more of Dave’s photo at his flickr set.

Also J. David Goodman of the NY Times wrote this article on how the race got started and why its got the nickname, “the skinscraper.”
A Harlem Tradition: Risking Scraped Skin for Cycling Glory

22bike.600(photo by: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)

Josiah Strawn, a 5-year-old, his race number still pinned to his shirt, leaned against one of the barricades that encircled Marcus Garvey Park as a pack of fast-moving racers hummed by.

“He rode the race,” his father, Ray Strawn, said, beaming. “First time without training wheels! He fell down once, but he got back up and finished it.”

Josiah was one of the hundreds of local and international racers of all ages and abilities who descended on the three-quarter-mile circuit around Marcus Garvey Park on Father’s Day for the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, the city’s oldest continually held bicycle race.

Read the complete article here.

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