Usually at this time of year, I am busy covering different levels of youth baseball and softball. But this happened to be the bicycle race around town known as the Phoenixville Criterium with the Chester County Grand Prix.
There were races for men and women and kids of all ages that started and ended at the intersection of Bridge and Main streets in the borough.
Since our newspaper office on Bridge street closed several years ago with our move to The Mercury building in Pottstown, I do not get much of a chance to spend time in Phoenixville as I used to, other than to cover events at the high school complex, located at Gay Street and City Line Avenue.
It was nice to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones during the evening hours. A large crowd developed to watch the races as the night progressed on the hot, muggy evening.
The riders did their thing and it was nice to see some local bicyclists among the group. On the womenís side, Colleen Gulick of Spring City had the best local showing with second place in the Womenís 1/2/3 Division. Stephanie Gonzalez of Wilmington, Del., a mother of three children, won the womenís race with an exceptional showing. The women noted that not all of the races include women so they were glad the Phoenixville version did include females.
Riders came from different parts of the area and well beyond. Some of the menís pro riders have raced at different locations around the world.
Phoenixville did a good job of hosting the event so the tour will likely make an annual stop here for many years to come.
And, of course, it was good to get back on Bridge Street for a change.