Canadian Ryan Roth Claims Univest Grand Prix Victory In Three-Man Sprint

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 17, 2011

Canadian Ryan Roth Claims Univest Grand Prix Victory In Three-Man Sprint

Challenging New Course Wins Raves From Racers and Fans

Souderton, Pa. -- Canadian Ryan Roth claimed a breakaway win Saturday in the 2011 Univest Grand Prix marked by a seemingly endless series of short, steep climbs and a pair of long-lasting, aggressive attacks turned the Univest Grand Prix into a race of attrition Saturday before Team SpiderTech presented by C10 CSM rider took a three-man sprint for the victory.

Roth, who attacked with three laps left in the 17-lap race through the streets of Souderton, Telford and Franconia Township, beat out Frank Pipp of Bissell Pro Cycling and a late charge from Tom Zeibel of Jamis Sutter-Home, who caught the two-man breakaway in the final lap of the nation’s only dual-sanctioned UCI and USA Cycling National Racing Calender competition.

Brief Results
1. Ryan Roth, Team SpiderTech p/b by C10
2. Frank Pipp, Bissell Pro Cycling
3. Tom Zirbel, Jamis-Sutter Home

Full Results

Celia Cole photo (more photos)

The 100-mile (160 km) race on a tight, technical course allowed no chance for recovery as riders wove their way through a 17-lap challenge that included 12 laps of a 7.5-mile outer circuit, 5 laps of a 4.5 mile finishing circuit and 34 climbs up the steep Wile Avenue and N. Second Street hills in Souderton.

Roth, who won the Univest overall prize in 2007 thanks to his strong finish in the road race and Sunday’s Univest Criterium of Doylestown, claimed the outright victory Saturday in 3:52:27 to win the sprint finish against Pipp and Zirbel, who caught up to the leaders in the final lap. Ryan said he knew Pipp would be tough at the end.

“I knew he would be very fast but my teammates did a great job the whole race and I was able to conserve and conserve,” he said afterward. “There were only six of us and we did a great job of sharing the workload.

Pipp, who match Roth’s attack in the final three laps, acknowledged that the constant hills and aggressive speed of the race played a role in the finish.

“You have two climbs per lap for 17 laps, then you get to the last five and you have no chance for recovery,” Pipp said of the hills. “Ryan beat me clearly. I thought I could hang on but he is a really powerful rider.”

The redesigned course was a winner with spectators who gathered along Main and Broad streets in Souderton where they got to see the racers three times per lap as they made the turn onto Wile Avenue, Front Street and coming down the finishing straight.

Joseph Kolasinski of Bethlehem and his father, Tom Kolasinski of Phoenix, Az., spent a big portion of the race at the corner of Broad and Main to watch the race from multiple angles.

“I’m a big fan of the course change,” said Joseph Kolasinski of Bethlehem. “I like the fact that you can see so many facets of the race from just a short walk up the street – the hills, the sprints, the turns.”

His father, a former Souderton area resident who now lives in Phoenix, said he likes the way race mirrors many of the multi-stage races held in other parts of the country. “There are differences but the similarities in the racing but the novelty of the geography of the different races is really fascinating,” said the elder Kolaskinski, who has made two trips to the Tour of California and one to the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico. “I’m also impressed by the turnout – and they are not just cycling fans, either. There are a lot of people here.”

Dave and Lynn Penman, who traveled from England to watch their son, Phil Penman, race with Champion System Racing, also praised the course from their position at the top of the Main Street finishing straight.

“It’s a very good course,” Lynn Penman said. “We love the whole area.”

Jackie Maurer of Souderton, who was watching the race with her husband, Rich Maurer, daughter-in-law Becky Krauss and granddaughter Jenna Krauss, spent part of the day poised along the fencing taking photographs of the pack as it flew past.

“I like the fact that you can see them so often as they go through,” she said.

SpiderTech’s Francois Parisien, whose early attack set the unrelenting pace for the race, won the King of the Mountain jersey and The Intelligencer Most Aggressive Rider award and Brett Tivers of Garneau Club Chassures-Norton Rose won the Leidy’s Pork Products Sprint Jersey. Together, Parisien and Tivers stayed away from the pack for almost 75 miles before they were finally caught.

Univest Grand Prix Promoter John Eustice said the race was exactly what he imagined. This was the 14th year for the event that was preceded by the Cyclosportif 100K , a fully-supported bicycle ride through four counties on many of the same roads used in the race.

“This race satisfied all my hopes and aspirations,” Eustice said. “It was hard-fought, it was dramatic, it enthralled the public and united the town. It showed how strong the North American racing class is, and what a great performance we’re capable of putting on.”

Racing continues Sunday at the Univest Grand Prix Criterium of Doylestown, a 50-mile, 35-lap race on a 1.4-mile circuit around the perimeter of the Doylestown Arts Festival. Racing starts at 11 a.m.

Brief Results

1. Ryan Roth, Team SpiderTech p/b by C10
2. Frank Pipp, Bissell Pro Cycling
3. Tom Zirbel, Jamis-Sutter Home

Full Results

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Kim Detwiler
VP, Director of Corporate Communications
Univest Corporation


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Local Media Director
Univest Grand Prix

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On-Site Cycling Press Officer
Univest Grand Prix

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Communications Specialist
Trailhead Marketing

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