Father’s Day, June 19, brought the 38th running of the fabled Harlem Skyscraper Classic in New York City. Run on a fast course bordering Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan, the storied criterium brought out a mix of local racers, European track experts, and neighborhood enthusiasts on a warm, sunny Sunday.
The headline events for this year’s race featured a professional men’s points race, an elimination race, a keirin exhibition, and an omnium prize for the most consistent racer of the day. German Leif Lampater returned to New York to take the points race and the omnium, while Aussie Douglas Repacholi took out the elimination with a late race solo attack. Godfrey Pollydore was the master of the keirin.
Harlem is all about high-speed cornering, relentless attacks, and well-timed finishing sprints. This year’s racing did not disappoint.