Philly Cycling Classic a true hometown affair for Carpenter

You'd be hard-pressed to find a professional cyclist happier that big-time one-day racing continued in Philadelphia with the inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic on Sunday than Robin Carpenter, a second year pro racing for the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team. Not only is Carpenter a Philadelphia native, but the 20-year-old has lived his entire life in the Manayunk neighborhood, with his family's home one block away from the event's new finish line atop the Manayunk Wall.

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.