Univest Grand Prix Rises in Prestige as it Returns for the 14th Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- August 19, 2011

Univest Grand Prix Rises in Prestige as it Returns for the 14th Year

Race Promoter Responds to Community Desire for Traditional Univest Cyclosportif That Once Again Showcases the Beauty of Montgomery County

Souderton, Penn. -- The Univest Grand Prix is bringing the excitement of professional cycling and a weekend community celebration back to the streets of Souderton and Doylestown on September 17 and 18. The race, now in its 14th year, has been newly awarded the highest national ranking by USA Cycling because of its challenging racecourse, technical excellence and strong media coverage.

This year’s event unveils a new racecourse on Saturday designed with challenging climbs for the cyclists and an improved spectator experience. The development of the racecourse and overall event has earned the Univest Grand Prix national recognition as the top men’s race (1.HC) on the National Racing Calendar (NRC). In addition to this top spot, the road race in Souderton is classified by the world bicycle racings governing body as a UCI 1.2 race. The Univest Grand Prix is the only men’s race to hold dual-classifications in the country.

“ 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 a true UCI race.”

The new 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. Only the strongest athlete will be in a position to cross the finish line as a champion after racing 100 miles (160 km) and climbing 34 hills. The change to a challenging, three-leaf clover circuit means finish line area spectators will see the field more than 50 times. The Saturday race, which is the final stop on the 2011 UCI Americas Tour calendar, will also be televised locally by WFMZ Channel 69 News and streamed worldwide.

The fast-paced racing will continue on Sunday, Sept. 18 as the racers take to the streets in the popular Univest Grand Prix Doylestown Criterium, held in conjunction with the annual Arts Festival. Both days, spectators can enjoy a family festival, expo, and kid’s races.

In addition to the professional race, the Univest Grand Prix was one of the first races in the United States to offer local cycling enthusiasts a ride which challenged weekend warriors to experience the same intense course as the pros. Today, Cyclosportifs or Gran Fondos are being widely promoted. After 2010’s experiment on a closed circuit, the race promoter has brought back the traditional idea of an open road ride.

In 2011, the Univest Cyclosportif will capture the spirit of the race by taking cycling enthusiasts of all ages through the picturesque countryside that has made the race one of most popular rides in the region. Sponsored by the regional accounting firm of Detweiler, Hershey & Associates, PC., participants will enjoy pro-level technical support and a chip timing system which will record two challenging sections of the course and give them a combined ranking. Afterwards, trackside seating at Generations on North Second Street will offer each “Cyclo” participant a great view of the new King of the Mountain competition.

Pre-registration for the ride is available online at www.bikereg.com through Friday, Sept. 9. Pre-registered riders receive an official Univest Cyclosportif T-shirt in addition to the post-ride meal available to all participants. 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.

” 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 local community. There is a strong sense of pride in what we've all built by working so well together.”

Kim Detwiler
VP, Director of Corporate Communications
Univest Corporation
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detwilerk@univest.net
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Joe McDermott
Local Media Director
Univest Grand Prix
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jysmcd@ptd.net
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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.