Last year at this time Philly hosted the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWCPhilly13) at Belmont Plateau. This past weekend Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance (BPTA) celebrated their 5th year of cleaning up trash at the Plateau. More than 50 dedicated volunteers attended the event on a rather cold Sunday morning. Warming-up with coffee, donuts and thoughts of clean wooded trails to ride through.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department normally charges a security deposit for events held in the park. SSCXWCPhilly13′s was $2500, and Parks & Rec has refunded 100% back to Dave Pryor and other organizers of the race. This past weekend, they in turn passed the $2500 to BPTA, and in proper Cross fashion presented them with a ridiculously large check and a hand-up of local brew, raising a can ( and flask ) to “keeping Cross weird” forever. Speaking of keeping ‘cross weird, be sure to attend the 9th Annual Bilenky Junkyard Cross on December 21st.

Dave Pryor from SSCXWCPhilly13 , Mark Elsassar, Ed Bush and Walt XXX of BPTA, with Philadelphia Parks and Rec's XXX.

Dave Pryor from SSCXWCPhilly13 , Mark Elsassar, Ed Bush and Walt Sydnor of BPTA, with Philadelphia Parks and Rec’s Jason Mifflin.

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Photos Courtesy of Wojo Foto

More photos and BPTA Facebook page here.