Listen Up, Wine Lovers: These Local Winery Fitness Events Are Back!

Crossing Vineyards and Winery | Photo via Facebook

Crossing Vineyards and Winery | Photo via Facebook

Calling all fans of grown-up grape juice (that’s wine, duh): We have a series of fitness events that were created with you in mind! Crossing Vineyards and Winery, of Newtown, is bringing back their seasonal Cycle and Sip series as well as their Wine Tasting and Yoga sessions. And yes, each workout session is concluded with a wine tasting paired with cheese, cured meats and chocolate. Read more »

Philly Has Set Open Streets Every Weekend (So, Why Aren’t You More Excited?)

MLK Drive

MLK Drive

Nearly a year ago, we were all jumping up and down with joy at the announcement that we would be getting our very first official open streets event, prompted by the intoxicating freedom of being able to roam throughout the city streets, zero cars in our way, during the Pope’s 2015 visit. But the thing is, Philly has (and has had for a long time) a set seasonal open streets event of sorts that gives cyclists, runners and walkers the opportunity to peddle, pound the pavement, and stroll the streets in a car-free space every single weekend.

When we’ll get our next Philly Free Streets event has yet to be announced, but weekends of seasonal car-free streets just started back up again this month. Soooooo, why aren’t we all shouting about it from the rooftops?

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There Won’t Be a Manayunk Bike Race This Year

Philly Bike Race 2013

AP Photo | Joseph Kaczmarek

The Manayunk bike race, most recently known as the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, will not be run in 2017. The race posted the news on its website on Friday morning.

The race sponsors passed along a statement from the City of Philadelphia: “Regrettably, even after extensive fundraising efforts, we were not able to find enough sponsors interested in covering the $1 million cost of the bike race to host it this year. While we are disappointed, we remain committed to working with Councilman Jones as well as the East Falls, Roxborough and Manayunk commercial corridors on other events, including a Free Streets event in that area.”  Read more »

There Won’t Be a Manayunk Bike Race This Year

Philly Bike Race 2013

AP Photo | Joseph Kaczmarek

The Manayunk bike race, most recently known as the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, will not be run in 2017. The race posted the news on its website on Friday morning.

The race sponsors passed along a statement from the City of Philadelphia: “Regrettably, even after extensive fundraising efforts, we were not able to find enough sponsors interested in covering the $1 million cost of the bike race to host it this year. While we are disappointed, we remain committed to working with Councilman Jones as well as the East Falls, Roxborough and Manayunk commercial corridors on other events, including a Free Streets event in that area.” Read more »

The Checkup: 3 Surprising Foods You Think Are Healthier Than They Really Are

• What do granola bars, coconut oil, and frozen yogurt all have in common? Well, my friends, they are three foods you probably think are a whole lot healthier than nutritionists do, according to a recent survey done by the New York Times. I know: The coconut oil news is a real bummer. The good news? According to nutritionists, wine is better for you than you think. [The New York Times]
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SoulCycle: The New Birthday and Bachelorette Party Spot?

SoulCycle Ardmore Private Bachelorette Classes

The Ardmore SoulCycle awaits you and your ‘maids for a private class. Photo courtesy of Soulcycle.

Back in January, indoor-cycling devotees throughout the Philadelphia area jumped for joy (or shouted, like our buds over at Be Well Philly) when it was finally confirmed thatSoulCycle would be opening an outpost in our region. And open it did, just this past Memorial Day Weekend.

Not surprisingly, there are more than a few brides-to-be who hop on SoulCycle’s lemon-hued indoor bikes in order to get in wedding shape—but we asked the fine folks at our new local location, and found out there are even more ways you can incorporate your favorite workout into your wedding prep. Just grab your girls, and … Read more »

The Checkup: MLK Drive Is Getting a Serious Trail Upgrade 

• Just last week, I was biking along the trail that runs along MLK Drive when I realized just how many bumps and grooves are speckled throughout, many of which could easily send a cyclist flying or trip up a runner. Good news, though: According to the folks over at PlanPhilly, a $500,000 grant — which will be matched by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation — was just approved to fix up four miles of the MLK Drive Trail. Can we get an amen? [PlanPhilly] Read more »

Discover Philly’s Hidden Treasures With This Sweet Series of Group Bike Rides

So you bike to work everyday, and it’s great: You get your blood flowing AND you get a workout in all before even really starting your day. But do you ever actually pay attention to everything you’re biking past? Do you examine the architecture? Note the different birds flying overhead? Observe the different building materials used on a certain block? Probably not.

Okay, before you conclude I am crazy — yes, I know your boss won’t accept the excuse of, “Sorry, I took a few minutes to stop and figure out if the Wawa was built with stucco or not,” for being late — hear me out. Hidden City Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to bringing hidden gems of the city to the front stage, and SPOKE Magazine, a local cycling publication, are working together to bring you Bikesploration, a group bike ride series that gives you the chance to really pay attention to the city as you peddle — no repercussions. Read more »

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