Univest Grand Prix Rolls Into 14th Year With New Features

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- August 17, 2011

Univest Grand Prix Rolls Into 14th Year With New Features

Souderton, Penn. -- The Univest Grand Prix returns in September for its 14th year with a new professional cycling classification, a revamped road race course and the same Pennsylvania community pride and support that makes it one of the most spectator-friendly cycling weekends in North America.

The road race in Souderton on Saturday, Sept. 17, features dual UCI (1.2) and NRC (1.HC) status for the first time and will be preceded by the Cyclosportif 100K, a fully-supported bicycle ride through three counties on many of the same roads traditionally used for the professional race. Sunday, Sept. 18 is the Univest Criterium, held in the heart of Doylestown in conjunction with its annual Arts Festival. Both days feature a family festival, expo, and kid’s races.

“Above all, this is a community event,” promoter John Eustice, director and president of Sparta Cycling, Inc., said. “Local families house the competitors, volunteer to make the races safe for them, ride the Cyclosportif 100K, and come out and cheer for their favorites. What's more – almost all of our sponsors are from the community. There is a strong sense of pride in what we've all built by working so well together.”

A new 100-mile (160 kilometer) course for the Univest Grand Prix includes 12 laps of a 6.5-mile (10.4 km) circuit, followed by five laps of a 4.5-mile (7 km) finishing loop. The change to a challenging, three-leaf clover circuit means spectators will see the field more than 50 times. The race, which is the final stop on the 2011 UCI America Tour calendar, will also be televised locally and streamed worldwide.

“I feel this race really represents the future of North American professional road racing,” Eustice said. “We continue to offer a unique showcase for the best young talent in cycling in a hybrid format between NRC and UCI races. It's exciting, American-style racing on a spectator-friendly course, but with the prestige and presentation of an UCI race.”

Past notables at the Univest Grand Prix previously include Tom Boonen (runner-up as an amateur in 1999), Team SpiderTech's Lucas Euser (winner in 2008), 2007 champion Will Frishkorn and Under 23 Swedish national road champion Jonas Ahlstrand, winner of last year's race.

“Our emphasis has always been on young pros or top amateurs,” Eustice said. “We want this to be a gateway race for amateurs to compete against professionals. We're not trying to turn this into a World Cup or ProTour race. We want to keep it right as it is – the most prestigious open race in the country.”

The Univest Cyclosportif 100K returns to its challenging roots that capture the spirit of the race by taking cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities through the picturesque countryside of Montgomery County, Penn. Sponsored by the regional accounting firm of Detweiler, Hershey & Associates, PC., participants will enjoy pro-level technical support and a chip timing system will record two challenging sections of the course, for a combined ranking. Afterwards, trackside seating will each “Cyclo” participant great views of the famed Univest Grand Prix.

Eustice said his own participation this year in London-Paris 2011, a professional cycling event for amateur cyclists, gave him many ideas for this year's Cyclosportif. “I learned a lot from London-Paris, which is as as close an amateur rider can get to a Tour de France experience,” he said. “Like their event, we want to offer a terrific riding experience that features rigorous attention to safety and logistics.“

Pre-registration takes place online at www.bikereg.com through Friday, Sept. 9. Pre-registered riders receive an official Univest Cyclosportif 100K T-shirt while every participant is invited to a post-ride meal. Proceeds from the $65 entry fee ($75 on the day of the event) benefit the Penn Foundation, a Sellersville, Pennsylvania-based non-profit organization that provides behavioral healthcare to 10,000 individuals each year.

Kim Detwiler
VP, Director of Corporate Communications
Univest Corporation
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detwilerk@univest.net
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Sean Weide
Trailhead Marketing/Sparta Cycling
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sean@trailheadmarketing.com
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About the Univest Grand Prix

From its inception, the Univest Grand Prix has united the towns throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties for a weekend of community celebration while offering a unique showcase for the best young talent in cycling. For more information visit www.univestgrandprix.com.

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 Bank and Trust Co., member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers customers 32 financial service centers, 12 retirement financial services centers, and 39 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. For more information on Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries, please visit www.univest.net.

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. For more information, please visit www.spartacycling.com.

About the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar

Currently in its 15th season, the National Racing Calendar (NRC) is the premier season-long domestic road cycling series sanctioned and owned by USA Cycling. With an overall ranking system that determines the best individual male and female cyclists, as well as the best teams in the U.S., the NRC features the nationís top Pro-Am road race events, boasts a total prize purse of more than one million dollars, and is open to both professional and amateur cyclists. For more information on the NRC, visit www.usacycling.org/nrc. 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.

About the UCI

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) (in English, the International Cycling Union) is the world governing body for cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events. The UCI is based in Aigle, Switzerland. The UCI manages the classification of races and the points ranking system in various cycling disciplines including mountain biking, road and track cycling, for both men and women, amateur and professional. It also oversees the World Championships. For more information on the UCI, visit www.uci.ch.