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The clouds didn't keep spectators away from the 2016 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. (WPVI)

The clouds didn't keep spectators away from the 2016 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.

Throngs of spectators cheered on elite cyclists Sunday as they zoomed by, up the hill known as the Manayunk Wall.

"We don't care. We come. Actually the weather makes the race more interesting," said Gustavo Francisco of New York City.

A family from Doylestown hosted one of the American professional teams at their house, an experience they say they'll never forget.

"I got to ride with them a couple of times for a little while, and then we got to ask everything about cycling that we wanted," said Thomas Hoffman of Doylestown. "And they've been so nice. Unbelievable."

"Really fun!" said Blaise Hoffman of Doylestown when asked what's it been like having the elite cyclists stay at their home.

"My mom actually liked it a lot because they cleaned up after themselves," said Lina Hoffman of Doylestown, adding they're good house guests.

The men went first and then the women making loop after loop on the 12-mile circuit through the city.

For the competitors, some clouds and light rain isn't necessarily a bad thing. They say they'd rather deal with this weather then sun beating down on them while they're climbing the hill over and over again.

"Oh yeah, this is better. Much better for me. I like it when it's a little bit cooler than hot," said Jessica Uebelhart of Switzerland.

"I think they'll enjoy the cooler temperatures, and it may make it a little faster. The heat can sometimes be a big factor in the conditions, more than the cooler temperatures and a little bit of drizzle," said Event Director Alice Armstrong.

While the race is known for its party atmosphere, several organizations have been working to make it more family friendly.

"This year we organized a block party. We're bringing out the neighbors, we're bringing out the families," said James Calamia, Roxborough Development Corporation. "We also have a flag display here on Lyceum Avenue, and it's a welcome to the international community that's coming here to Roxborough."

Visit the race website for updates on road closures and parking restrictions.

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