Team Type 1 - SANOFI at the Univest Grand Prix

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 16, 2011

Team Type 1-SANOFI at the Univest Grand Prix

Atlanta - Team Type 1 returns to Pennsylvania this weekend at the Univest Grand Prix 2011, fielding a fast squad for two days of classic American racing.

On Saturday the Univest Grand Prix runs 160km over a circuit in the Pennsylvania towns of Souderton, Franconia and Telford, with 12 laps on a 10.4km opening loop and five finishing loops of 7km.

Sprinters who can withstand the rolling changes of a hilly course typically fare well at the Univest Grand Prix, and Team Type 1-SANOFI is bringing riders best suited to the course.

“We have Aleksei Shmidt, who is an Olympic track rider for Russia in the Madison, an event that combines hard sprints and big endurance. We also have Will Dugan, who has had a strong season this year in hilly stage races,” said Team Type 1-SANOFI General Manager Vassili Davidenko.

On Sunday the racing shifts to a classic American criterium, with 35 laps on a 1.4 mile circuit in Doylestown.

“These races are very specific in the kinds of rider who can do well. Ben King and Scott Stewart are very experienced in criteriums, and Alex Bowden has just returned from the US national Criterium Championships and is looking to continue with his form,” Davidenko said.

Univest Grand Prix Team Type 1 - SANOFI roster
Alex Bowden* - USA
Will Dugan - USA
Ben King - AUS
Aleksei Shmidt - RUS
Scott Stewart - USA
* - athlete with type 1 diabetes

About Team Type 1-SANOFI

Based in Atlanta, Team Type 1-SANOFI is the men's professional squad of Team Type 1, a non-profit organization of more than 120 athletes on seven teams, professional and amateur, all affected by diabetes and sharing a message of hope for others. Five of the 22 riders on the men's professional team have type 1 diabetes, and all are committed to showing that with the proper technology, good control, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, those with the disease can live normal, even exceptional lives.

For more information, visit or contact Chris Baldwin, Team Type 1-SANOFI at

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

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

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