Move aside, Manayunk: Coatesville's challenging

For Chester Countians who want the excitement of cycling without trekking to Philadelphia, Coatesville is offering an opportunity during its newly expanded Fourth of July festivities: the first Coatesville Classic Bike Race.

"Celebrate Coatesville" an all-day, free event Sunday, will be hosted by the City of Coatesville in cooperation with the Coatesville Redevelopment Authority and the Coatesville Rotary. This year the bike race will be added to the popular, long-running ice cream festival and a fireworks display.

Registration and staging will take place at Hephzibah Baptist Church, 2237 Strasburg Rd., Coatesville, Pa., 19320. The ice cream festival, anchoring Sunday's festivities, will include a variety of music and live entertainment as well as arts and crafts, vendors, and food. The fireworks, which will begin at dusk, will conclude Sunday’s events.

The Road Cycling League (a division of the American Cycling Group, LLC) is debuting the Coatesville Classic, on Sunday with a 6-corner criterium. The race will end Monday  with an 11.4-mile-per-lap road course through the Chester County countryside. The city hopes the omnium or multiple bike race event will become an annual feature.  Participation is not limited to professionals; for more information please visit the cycling league site:

Signs will alert motorists to designated parking areas. In addition, shuttles will provide easy access in and out of the event area from Scott Middle School,800 Olive St., and Rainbow Elementary School, 1113 W. Lincoln Highway. For more information, visit or