Univest Cyclosportif 100K Returns and Offers Cycling Enthusiasts a Pro Experience

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 15, 2011

Univest Cyclosportif 100K Returns and Offers Cycling Enthusiasts a Pro Experience

Souderton, Penn. – This year’s Univest Cyclosportif 100K will capture the spirit of the classic Univest Grand Prix road course by taking cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities through the picturesque countryside of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 17.

Past participants of the traditional Univest Cyclosportif, which traverses much of the original racecourse established in 1998 for the race, are eager for the return of the challenging route and professional ride experience. Each participant receives support including technical support and feed zones. A chip timing system will record two challenging sections of the course, for a combined ranking. Afterwards, trackside seating gives each “Cyclo” participant great views of the famed Univest Grand Prix.

“We want people of all ages and abilities to experience the atmosphere of a professional road race while riding at their own pace,” said Cyclosportif promoter John Eustice, director and president of Sparta Cycling, Inc. “It’s been a real treat to have founded one of the great European cycling traditions in the U.S. and run it in conjunction with our long-standing pro races.”

This year’s Cyclosportif 100K will be sponsored by the regional accounting firm of Detweiler, Hershey & Associates, PC. Managing Partner H. Bruce Detweiler calls it the perfect partnership.

“The Univest Grand Prix is a premier community event and our firm appreciates all the support we have received from this community over the past 65 years,” Detweiler said. “Sponsoring the Cyclosportif is an exciting opportunity for us to ensure that the finest Gran Fondo style ride in the region remains an integral part of this cycling weekend.“

The Univest Grand Prix has been reformatted into what is arguably the most spectator-friendly road race in North America. It spans an entire weekend, beginning with the Cyclosportif 100K Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 a.m., followed by the professional road race at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 is the Univest Criterium of Doylestown with an 11:00 a.m. start.

Pre-registration for the Univest Cyclosportif 100K 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 at a special reserved area at Main and Broad streets in Souderton.

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 comprehensive behavioral healthcare to persons in need of hope, healing, and compassion.

“This event is one of the highlights of the year for our region,” Penn Foundation President & CEO Wayne Mugrauer said. “The money raised through the Cyclosportif brings hope and healing to those we serve. It’s an honor for us to once again be a beneficiary of this fine event that matches our message and outreach and promotes health and fitness.“

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

 

John Eustice
President
Sparta Cycling
917-699-4566
jde@spartacycling.com
www.spartacycling.com

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.