Blustery Conditions No Match for Amore & Vita/Detweiler Hershey & Associates at Univest Grand Prix Team Time Trial

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 11, 2009

Blustery Conditions No Match for Amore & Vita/Detweiler Hershey & Associates at Univest Grand Prix Team Time Trial

Italian Team Blows Away the Competition, Takes Leader Jerseys into Saturday Road Race

Allentown, Pa -- Blustery conditions from a strong low pressure system were no match for the high pressure brought to bear by the Amore & Vita Detweiler Hershey & Associates team, which took first place Friday in the inaugural Univest Grand Prix team time trial in Allentown.

The Italian team finished with a clear margin on a wind- and rain-swept course and their time of 16:21:89 was 11:94  seconds better than second-place Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U23. Team Cyckelcity/Klehr Harrison took third spot with a time of 16:34:74.

“Today was short but very hard,” said Amore & Vita’s Philip Mamos, who will wear the Univest Leader’s Jersey going into Saturday’s classic road race, the second stage of the UCI 2.2 Pro/Am event. Mamos noted that the conditions were the same for all teams, and while it didn’t make the course any easier, the win motivates Amore & Vita for a strong showing on Saturday.

“We came from Europe. We’re used to these kinds of conditions,” said Amore & Vita Director Sportif Roberto Gaggioli. “We came here to win and we trained for this race.”

The race began at 11 a.m. EDT and the rain eased shortly after that, but high winds persisted throughout the day as riders made their way around two laps of a 3.8 mile course that featured several turns and a technical section near the end that included a short, steep climb. Wet roads made racing treacherous for the early teams but increasing wind speeds equalized conditions for the later teams as the front made its way through the Lehigh Valley.

“The course was very hard but it was a very cool course,” said Caleb Fairly of Felt-Holwesko, who took the Landis Supermarkets Best U23 Rider jersey and the Bergey’s First USA Rider. “I think we are looking good for tomorrow. We’re eight seconds out of the lead and we have some very good climbers.”

Amore & Vita rider and Ukrainian National Road Champion Volodymyr Starchyk took the Leidy’s Premium Pork Products Best Sprinter Jersey and his teammate, Vladislav Borislov, took the VisitPa.com King of the Mountains jersey.

Saturday’s 100-mile road course features 60 miles of riding on the roller-coaster roads of Eastern Pennsylvania followed by 40 miles on a 3-mile circuit around Souderton. On Sunday the teams move to Doylestown for the Univest Grand Prix Criterium.

The Univest Grand Prix expanded this year into Allentown to add the team time trial and a new type of event for North America’s most important and prestigious UCI Pro/Am event. Mayor Ed Pawlowski welcomed the event and said that, despite the weather, the city was delighted with the results and the top-caliber international competition.

Race organizer John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling, thanked the mayor and city officials for their cooperation and assistance in staging the new race.

“We had a great day of racing, the course was great and the competition was as good as we have come to expect for the Univest Grand Prix,” Eustice said. “It really sets things up for an exciting finish tomorrow in Souderton.”

During the professional race on Saturday, spectators in Souderton can enjoy a Family Fun Zone from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Univest Plaza, which includes children’s activities, photo opportunities with the Berenstain Bears, community displays, giveaways, regional foods and more. Children’s sprints will also be part of the schedule while the pro cyclists are racing out in the countryside. Spectators in Lansdale will be treated to children’s sprints on Main Street at 10:00 a.m. and a community festival hosted by the North Penn Boys and Girls Club from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Lansdale activities will take place at Main Street and Susquehanna Avenue in the municipal lot adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club.

The community events continue on Sunday in Doylestown with children’s races at 10:30 a.m. followed by the start of the professional race at 11:00 a.m. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Univest Doylestown Criterium, which provides a third day of fast-paced, circuit-style racing, a much different event than Friday’s team time trial and the classic road race on Saturday. In addition to the professional race, the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance will once again hold the Doylestown Arts Festival in conjunction with the Univest Grand Prix.  The race route will showcase the festival by providing spectators and attendees an opportunity to watch the race while enjoying the work of local artists.

Full Results

Stage 1 Allentown Team Time Trial Team Results
Stage 1 Allentown Team Time Trial Individual Results
Video at UniversalSports.com

For More Information

Kim Detwiler
VP, Director of Corporate Communications
Univest Corporation
215-721-8396
detwilerk@univest.net
www.univest.net

Joe McDermott
Media Director
Univest Grand Prix
484-860-2289
jysmcd@ptd.net
www.spartacycling.com

About the Univest Grand Prix

Patterned after the great classic races of Europe, the Univest Grand Prix showcases the beauty of 18 municipalities. From its inception, the cycling event was developed to provide opportunities for young athletes to advance, while also uniting the towns throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties for a community celebration. The pro event is presented by: Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania, Leidy s Premium Pork Products, WFMZ-69, Comcast Sportsnet and Doylestown Hospital.

About Univest Corporation

Headquartered in Souderton, Pa., Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries serve the financial needs of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Lehigh counties. Univest National Bank and Trust Co., member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers customers 32 financial service centers, 12 retirement financial services centers, and 38 ATM locations throughout the region, and is the parent company of Univest Capital, Inc., a small ticket commercial finance business; Univest Insurance, Inc., an independent insurance agency headquartered in Lansdale, Pa., which serves commercial and personal customers; and Univest Investments, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC, a full-service broker-dealer and investment advisory firm.

About Sparta Cycling

Sparta Cycling provides race promotion services to deliver world class events that meet the needs of sponsors, teams and riders, spectators and supporting communities.

About the USA Cycling Professional Tour

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross. Created in 2006 to support the growth of professional cycling in the United States, the USA Cycling Professional Tour is a men's-only, season-long calendar that determines the best professional rider and team on American soil. With ten races on the 2009 edition, the USA Cycling Professional Tour attracts the best pro cyclists and teams from around the world to compete in internationally-sanctioned events from coast to coast. The calendar is comprised of seven UCI-sanctioned races and three USA Cycling Professional National Championships (criterium, time trial and road race). At the end of the season, the overall Pro Tour standings determine an individual and a team champion who are considered the best and most consistent performers in international-caliber race in the United States.