Reading cycle community laments Reading 120 cancellation

READING, Pa. - A grueling, world-renowned bike race is leaving Berks County behind. Officials say the Reading 120 won't happen this year, and possibly never again.

"It was the perfect sport for that region," said race organizer John Eustice. "It showcased that region, the magnificent beauty of that region. But no other sport in the world can, that's what cycling does."

Eustice says the decision was made in a meeting Wednesday, though it's unclear who pulled the plug. Earlier this year, county officials said they would not provide sheriff or emergency services for the race, putting the race in doubt. Some held out hope, but instead the latest news is sending shockwaves through the cycling community.

"It's an awesome race," said Jason Orth.

Orth runs the Reading Bike Hub, a community bike shop in the 700 block of Cherry Street. It gives back to the community by volunteering and selling affordable bikes. Orth says the race was great for the city.

"It brings different communities together," said Orth. "​You got your suburbs and you have your city."

The Bike Hub had been part of the Reading 120, donating time and having a presence at the finish line. He says the kids in the city will be impacted most.

"City kids don't see pros doing stuff. That's one thing that opened their eyes," said Orth. "They loved it because they see pros riding, doing Mount Penn in 2 minutes? They're like, 'woah.'"

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