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Surprised by the sudden cancellation of the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship? So are the higher-ups at the Manayunk Development Corporation. The nonprofit corporation—the guiding force behind Manayunk's retail scene and business development—is reportedly shocked that the much-anticipated bike race won't be making its annual climb up the "Manayunk Wall" this year. Executive Director Jane Lipton has this to say:
The decision by the organizers of the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship to cancel the 2013 event caught us completely by surprise. We were given no inkling that there were any issues that would lead to the cancellation of this year's race and we're understandably stunned and saddened by their unilateral decision.
The bike race will return in 2014, but the loss of tourist revenue will no doubt be a tough pill to swallow for Manayunk-area businesses—and our city as a whole.
· Manayunk Development Corp. responds to bike race cancellation [6ABC]
· Manayunk Development Corporation [Official Site]