Manayunk Wall

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A section of the hill during the 2009 Philadelphia International Championship

The Manayunk Wall is a steep road in Northwest Philadelphia used by the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, in 1985, and every year subsequently. The road, a combination of Levering Street and Lyceum Avenue, was located by Jerry Casale and David Chauner and named by Chauner.[1] It begins at Main Street and Levering Street in Manayunk, proceeds on worn stone-paved Cresson Street under the railway, then back on to Levering Street. While most of the Wall is part of Levering Street, it becomes Lyceum Avenue[2] at Tower Street (at N40 01.631 W75 13.313). The steepest section, 17 per cent, starts after a slight left turn at the intersection with Tower Street (N40 01.652 W75 13.277), and ends at Fleming Street (N40 01.726 W75 13.226). It becomes less steep as it crosses Manayunk Avenue and enters Roxborough. It nearly flattens and ends at Pechin Street in Roxborough, where news crews broadcast the race. The right turn off Lyceum Avenue onto Pechin Street (N40 01.847 W75 13.069) begins The Fall from the Wall.

O'Brien's Water Hole, past Fleming Street, sprays cyclists with water.[3] It was criticised[by whom?] as a distraction and reduced.

On June 5, 2002, Manayunk named the climb Manayunk Wall.[1] Olympic gold medalist Marty Nothstein presented a plaque.


  1. ^ a b Pro Cycling Tour,
  2. ^ Woods, Jeanette (2 June 2011). "Just how hard is The Wall?". Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  3. ^ Beaudin, Matthew. "Manayunk Wall: The climb every American bike racer knew". Velo News. Retrieved 11 January 2013.

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Coordinates: 40°01′40″N 75°13′16″W / 40.02767°N 75.22122°W / 40.02767; -75.22122