2013 Single Speed Cyclocross World Champion ship in Philly [PHOTOS]

 

The 2013 single speed cyclocross world cup championship (SSCXWC13) is held at the Belmont Plateau in West Philadelphia. As part of the course riders had to climb a steep gravel path. Alongside this climb spectators cheered and pushed, sometimes even pulled the contesters uphill. The first snow of the season left up to ten inches on the course. (Bas Slabbers /Photography)Belmont Plateau, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA USADecember 8, 2013;
The 2013 single speed cyclocross world cup championship (SSCXWC13) is held at the Belmont Plateau in West Philadelphia. As part of the course riders had to climb a steep gravel path.

Alongside this climb spectators cheered and pushed, sometimes even pulled the contesters uphill. The first snow of the season left up to ten inches on the course for the riders and spectators to battle.

See my photo essay for WHYY’s ViewFinders blog on NewsWorks.org to find out what led to this heroic races on Sunday: “Extreme cyclists cross and crash at North Philly junkyard [photos]

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N.J. Balloon Festival was a barometer for the weekend’s wild weather


[PREVIEW] NJ Festival of Ballooning (day 2) – Images by Bastiaan Slabbers

Day 2, Festival of Ballooning. Solberg-Hunterdon Airport, Readington Township, NJ - July 28, 2013;  The 115-foot hot air balloon tribute to the Jersey Shore Recovery effort, Flighthouse, lay prone on the Solberg-Hunterdon air field, unable to take to the sky for Saturday's second ascension event. Evening wind conditions grounded all balloon flights during Day Two of the three-day 31st annual QuikChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. - - - "While New Jerseyans may be stronger than any storm, hot air balloons are delicate aircraft, vulnerable to the elements."  A selection of photos in this collection are published with the July 29 article by Jana Shea on WHYY's NewsWorks.org:  N.J. Balloon Festival was a barometer for the weekend's wild weather. Read the article here: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/new-jersey-more/item/57845-nj-balloon-festival-a-barometer-for-weekends-wild-weather (Bas Slabbers)

The 115-foot hot air balloon tribute to the Jersey Shore Recovery effort, Flighthouse, lay prone on the Solberg-Hunterdon air field, unable to take to the sky for Saturday’s second ascension event. Evening wind conditions grounded all balloon flights during Day Two of the three-day 31st annual QuikChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning.

Beyond balloons

Though the top festival draw for many is the chance to see more than 100 hot air balloons fill the sky, the hours in between and after were filled with amusement rides, food, cycling competitions and even a human cannon ball. Music, too, has long been a key component of the event. Each day attendees enjoyed several live concerts, culminating with headlining acts: Blues Traveller (Friday), REO Speedwagon (Saturday) and Big & Rich (Sunday).

Weather may have effected flight, but not turnout. “We had one of our all-time, if not the all-time record crowd,” stated festival executive producer, Howard Freeman. Organizers estimate that more than 90,000 people came out on Saturday alone. Mensch said the weekend event brings an annual 42.7 million dollar boost to the state economy.
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CenterCity Building Collapse leaves 6 dead, 14 injured (PHOTOS)

Center City Philadelphia Collapse leaves 3 dead, 13 injured

Firefighters and rescue workers of the Philadelphia Fire Department and walk over the rumble that is left after a building collapsed.

Three die and more then a dozen are injured as result of a building collapse in center city Philadelphia.

Clothing and other merchandize is seen hanging on racks in the window of the Salvation Army Thrift Store on the corner of 22nd & Market St in Philadelphia.

See all 26 photos from this reportage here: basslabbers.photoshelter.com/gallery/Building-Collapse-in…