‘Battle of the Presidents’ to Take Place at West Chester’s Swingin’ Summer Thursday on July 12

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, a group of local corporate presidents will put the pedal to their mettle in the ‘Battle of the Presidents’ Trike Race during West Chester’s popular Swingin’ Summer Thursday at 6:30 PM on Walnut Street between Gay and Chestnut Streets (next to the Post Office).

This exhibition race will provide the public a fun introduction to the ever-popular Tolsdorf Trike Challenge, a series of adult relay races on oversized tricycles that requires skill, stamina, and teamwork.

It has become one of the most anticipated events in the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, which will be returning to West Chester on Saturday, August 11.

CEOs include:

  • Mark Yoder, President of Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
  • David LaSala, President and CEO of Benchmark Federal Credit Union
  • Chris Tolsdorf, President of Tolsdorf Oil Lube Express
  • Kevin Finn, President of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
  • Eric Fort, President of West Chester Dental Arts
  • Steven Kelly, President of Kelly’s Sports

Since its inception in 2014, the Tolsdorf Trike Challenge has become legendary for its mix of good-natured trash talk and take-no-prisoners competitiveness among local businesses, groups and organizations that face off against each other.

Each team must consist of five riders with at least one person of the opposite sex. “For this year, the field will be limited to 16 teams,” said Mark Yoder, President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic of which the trike race is a part. “There are just a few slots still available, so businesses that think they are up to the task should sign up as soon as possible.”

After the presidents get their turn behind the handle bars, the public is also invited to try their skills on these oversized trikes. “It’s an opportuning to see if they have what it takes to trike and hopefully be inspired to form their own team and compete where it really counts – in the Tolsdorf Trike Challenge at this year’s Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic,” commented Yoder.

This will be the second Swingin’ Summer Thursday scheduled for this year. Visitors will enjoy live music, tasty local eats and the handiwork of artisans lining the streets of historic West Chester. Clowns, magicians, jugglers and other street entertainment will add to the festive nature of the event that runs until 9:00 P.M.

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BTCC_Logo_400pxWideBenchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, sponsored by Benchmark Federal Credit Union is a day of fun and excitement for the entire family beginning at 3:30pm with the West Chester Dental Arts Kids’ Race. Sign up your children to participate in a series of age-determined sprints for children between 3 to 10. At 4:00pm the Kids’ Zone and Community Festival open with a great choice of family-friendly activities. Next up, 4:30pm finds adult-sized tricycles taking over Gay Street for the Tolsdorf Trike Challenge, a double-elimination adult tag-team tricycle relay race. The excitement continues to build, first with the Rothman Institute Amateur Criterium at 5:45pm (Trials at 8:00am at Bayard Rustin High School), followed by the Brumbaugh Wealth Management Pro Women’s Criterium at 6:45pm, culminating at 8pm with the Iron Hill Pro Men’s Criterium. #WCBikeRace

About Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, located in the heart of Chester County, PA is a membership based not-for-profit organization providing resources, advocacy and educational opportunities to help local businesses and entrepreneurs build relationships, promote their business, grow their network, address their most serious business challenges and become an integral part of the community. www.GreaterWestChester.com