Univest Grand Prix Brings Exciting International Competition Right To The Front Yard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 9, 2011

Univest Grand Prix Brings Exciting International Competition Right To The Front Yard

Residents Along The 2011 Racecourse Encouraged To Host Parties On Race Day

Souderton, Pa -- Residents along the 2011 Univest Grand Prix route have a front row seat to a top-grade international sports competition -- and a great reason to party!

Race organizers and borough officials encourage residents to invite family and friends to watch the best young racers in the world on Saturday, Sept. 17 as they compete along the challenging, three-leaf clover racecourse that gives spectators the opportunity to see the field more than 50 times during the 100-mile race.

The pros will tackle 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 the hills on Wile Avenue and Second Street 34 times as the fight for the win.

The Saturday race, which is both the top ranked USA Cycling National Calendar race and the final stop on the international 2011 UCI Americas Tour calendar, will also be televised locally by WFMZ Channel 69 News and streamed worldwide on www.wfmz.com so fans can watch the race on television as they complete each loop and mass outside to see them go past.

“Our revised route for 2011 was designed with the spectators in mind,” said race organizer John Eustice, director and president of Sparta Cycling, Inc. “It’s exciting, American-style bike racing on a spectator-friendly course. It’s a unique showcase for the best young talent in cycling in a hybrid format between NRC and UCI races.”

Souderton Mayor John Reynolds, who has held a traditional post-race party at his home where he hosts many of the volunteers involved with the event, said there were several parties along the route last year and he expects more this year.

In addition, Generations of Indian Valley is hosting a “Bring A Bike Lawn Party & Open House” for fans who will enjoy watching the racers compete for the King of the Mountain award as they pass the senior citizens activity center at N. Second and Fairview streets. Fans will get to mix with participants in the Univest Cyclosportif 100K, enjoy a pasta lunch and participate in a poster contest, said Program Director Amy Stover.

Those attending the Generations event are encouraged to donate “gently used” bikes that will be repaired by the Lansdale Lions Club and distributed to needy families in the region, Stover said.

The Feed Zone at the top of the Wile Avenue hill is another great location to see the cyclists as they work with their own support teams to grab food bags and thirst-quenchers throughout the race, Eustice said.

Souderton Police Chief James P. Leary said his department welcomes the private parties but cautions visitors to remember that traffic patterns will be disrupted during the race.

“Arrive as early as possible before the race starts and plan to stay until after the race ends. Be patient. There will be some delays but they will not be significant,” Leary said.

“If you live along Wile Avenue, Second Street, Fourth Street, E. Reliance Road or E. Summit, you are right on the finishing course where the real competition will play out as the fatigue sets in and the strongest racers emerge from the pack,” said Eustice. “But don’t forget that if you live on Penn Avenue, Cherry Lane, Leidy or Cowpath Road or W. Broad Street you also have a front-row seat to the long part of the course where the riders will be using strength and strategy to gain an upper hand on the rest of the field.”

The Souderton-Telford Main Street program will host an “on-line” party for anyone who wants to keep abreast of race action through their “Media Central” web links.

“We will hijack our own site and create a media central location for audio, video, Facebook and texting. We want people to open up their laptops and follow along at their parties,” said Main Streets Manager Pam Coleman. “We are using our texting service to create a community dialogue.”

Kim Detwiler
VP, Director of Corporate Communications
Univest Corporation


Joe McDermott
Local Media Director
Univest Grand Prix

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.