On Saturday, October 22, Bryn Athyn College is hosting a bike race on the North Campus. This year marks the tenth annual “Whirlybird ‘Cross,” and the seventh time Bryn Athyn College has hosted the race. The WhirlyBird ‘Cross is part of the Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross Series and often draws about 500 racers from at least seven states. Cyclocross is a hybrid of road and mountain cycling. The race’s name is in honor of the location—the 1920s Pitcairn Airfield. The first race starts at 8:30 AM and the last race ends at about 4:30 PM, with races starting about every hour. A kid’s race (free, but waiver required—available at race day) starts at 12:30 PM.
Cyclocross is a spectator-friendly sport. Food vendors, including “Feel Good” will be on location near the start/finish, and a race announcer helps spectators keep up with race progress. Spectators are invited to view the race from any location on campus. The course will be marked off with yellow caution tape and with flags. Please use care when near the course and follow instructions from race marshals. Parking is available off of College Drive at the Pavilion and Pendleton Hall lots.
The race is organized by Bryn Athyn College and Guy’s Racing, and is licensed by USA Cycling. Race proceeds benefit maintenance of the north campus trails.
More information about the race is available here: https://www.facebook.com/WhirlybirdCross. If you wish to compete in the race (USAC license required) you may register here: https://www.bikereg.com/whirlybird-cross. If you have questions not answered by these web resources you can call Allen Bedford at 267-502-2567 for more information.