Philadelphia’s New International Cycling Team

The Philly Lightning is a dynamic men’s and women’s team of elite road and track cyclists from around the world. Owned by the World Cycling League, the Lightning will carry the message around the country that there is a new World Cycling League of bicycle racing on the horizon and that its global headquarters will be in the Philadelphia area.

The team’s 2020/21 goals: dominate the American Criterium and Velodrome circuit, prepare for the launch of the WCL’s first TeamTrak season at the new National Velodrome and show the world that the Philadelphia region is a dynamic market that promotes lifetime fitness, family recreation and a healthy environment through cycling.

Riders

Led by team founders and co-captains, Stephen Hall, Michael Chauner and Anita Yvonne Stenberg, the Lightning is recruiting up to ten top elite male and female athletes from the U.S. and abroad for its inaugural 2020 season.

Stephen Hall Philly Lightning - Philadelphia's New International Cycling Team
Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall, the Thunder from Down Under, is an Australian super star who has won some 200 road and track races in Asia, Europe and the United States. In recent seasons he has dominated Eastern U.S. criteriums and has been twice Rider of the Year at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s world class velodrome in Trexlertown, PA. As captain of the team, Hall is a tough, all round competitor who focuses on one thing: Lightning Victory.

Michael Chauner Philly Lightning - Philadelphia's New International Cycling Team
Michael Chauner

Mike Chauner, a Philadelphia area native, has enjoyed an 18 year career as an all-round track and road talent that includes the Junior National Team and pro racing gigs in Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands. Chauner and Hall were first teammates in the Lightning’s overall victory at World Cycling’s League’s TeamTrak pilot event. In the upcoming season, Chauner’s one-two punch will be as an aggressive team member and managing partner of the Lightning.

Anita Yvonne Stenberg Philly Lightning - Philadelphia's New International Cycling Team
Anita Yvonne Stenberg

Anita Yvonne Stenberg is Norway’s top female track cyclist with over 50 national championship titles to her credit. She is the veteran of international track racing campaigns that have taken her to Eastern and Western Europe and the United States where she was the Most Valuable Woman Rider and helped the Lightning capture the first World Cycling League overall title. Stenberg will lead the Lightning women’s team in 2020 as she prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.

Media Partner

The Philly Lightning has joined forces with Entercom Communications, a media and entertainment powerhouse that reaches and engages over 170 million people each month through its premier collection of highly rated, award-winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events, and as the nation’s unrivaled leader in sports radio. Entercom offers monthly, season long promotional inventory and special events participation for the Lightning and its sponsors.

Entercom Communications - Philly Lightning

Schedule

In its first full season from March to October 2020, the Philly Lightning will be out to dominate the men’s and women’s criterium and track circuit of selected regional and national races that feature big purses and good media visibility.

But the Lightning is more than a top notch racing team. Backed by the new World Cycling League, Entercom Communications and key corporate sponsors, Lightning team members will appear at charity events, sponsor outings and home games of Philadelphia’s pro sports teams. Plus the Lightning will always be promoting the development of the National Velodrome Sports, Entertainment and Conference Center, WCL’s global headquarters and the Lightning’s future home velodrome.

Legacy

Philadelphia’s tradition of elite international cycling dates back to the wooden velodrome in Willow Grove of the 1890’s and the CoreStates Championship international road race which, as the USPRO National Championship and one of the top pro races in the world, captivated the City from 1985 to 2015.

The passion for cycling has again taken root, this time in the form of the Philly Lightning, a new team of fearless, determined competitors and the drive to build a permanent home for them. In the spirit of Philadelphia’s sports teams…the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, Sixers, Soul, Union and Wings…the Lightning is determined to promote cycling as a hot new spectator sport and highlight its surging popularity for recreation, fitness and competition.

Follow us as we carry forward Philadelphia’s cycling tradition and prepare for our inaugural 2020 season!

Willow Grove Velodrome and USPRO National Championship
Philadelphia elite cycling then and now: Willow Grove Velodrome in the 1890's and the Philadelphia International Championships 1985-2015.

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