As bikers tackle Manayunk Wall, longtime booster helps them ‘pump it up’

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    Melvin Moore has lived in Manayunk for 55 years and takes great pride in the neighborhood's annual bike race. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

    Melvin Moore has lived in Manayunk for 55 years and takes great pride in the neighborhood's annual bike race. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

    On Sunday, nearly 300 cyclists from across the globe will pedal through Philly during the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. And as he’s done for three decades, Melvin Moore will lead the charge in Manayunk.

    On Sunday, nearly 300 pro cyclists from across the globe will pedal through Philadelphia during the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. It’s Manayunk, though, that will take center stage. Hundreds line Lyceum Avenue each year to cheer on cyclists climbing the impossibly steep hill known as the Manayunk Wall that’s now the site of the start/finish line.

    Longtime resident Melvin Moore will be leading the charge as he’s done every race day for three decades. Moore, 59, has earned a reputation and recognition for the shot of energy he and his band of volunteers provide competitors, often via his go-to phrase: “Pump it up.”  For Moore, time out on the course is always one of the highlights of the year.

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