2009 UNIVEST GRAND PRIX
LETTER FROM THE PROMOTER The Univest Grand Prix was born in 1998 out of a desire by Univest to find an event that would unite the communities they serve in a day of fellowship and cooperation. I remember meeting with the Indian Valley community leaders in late 1997. Somehow I talked them into a televised international bicycle race, inspired by Philadelphia’s US Professional Championship, but focused on amateurs. When the idea of creating a great race in the European tradition was proposed, the town fathers didn’t blink an eye. They wanted a great bike race, and we delivered. It had both local and national television from the start, live radio, engaging print media, and unrelenting fan support. The race immediately became the unofficial amateur championship of North America with teams from Canada, Mexico and the US fighting tooth and nail for victory with our European imports. The race is especially geared towards spectators, and represents my personal vision of how European cycling needs to be transformed for a USA audience. The Univest GP 2009 will offer a tight Team Time Trial, short finishing laps for the road race, and a longer criterium, one that has space to allow real team tactics to come into play. We have successfully married the beauty of long European road racing with the high-octane, spectator friendly criterium racing that America is known for. We are now up to 18 townships in three counties. Our TV coverage is second to none in North America and our children’s programs are expanding, we have persevered through economic hardship due to our tremendous fan base and generous sponsors. The Univest Grand Prix is a terrific weekend, one that opens the racecourse to families, whether through the Cyclosportif or the children’s races, and gives the most intimate access to a professional race that you will find. Jumbotrons, local food and, above all, great racing nestled in a warm, community feeling. That is the Univest Grand Prix that I present to you in this guide. Hope to see you there,-
Not only is the Univest Grand Prix a UCI 2.2 Stage Race for professionals, it is an opportunity for all cyclists to experience the thrill of pro racing by entering the 2009 Univest Cyclosportif. The Cyclosportif is held at 8:00am on Saturday, September 12th prior to the start of the Stage 2: Souderton Road Race. A true ‘Cyclo’ such as the Univest Grand Prix amplifies the experience and gets you closer than you can possibly imagine to living the life of a professional cyclist. Fly by the sponsor banners within the barricades on the same professional racecourse as the famed Univest Grand Prix. Hear the spectators scream just louder than your racing heart beat at the end of your 60k or 100k chip timed, fully supported ride. You will ride over the climbs and rolling flats of Souderton until you see the “1-K To Go” red kite, 200m to go and under the finish banner before climbing off your bike to enjoy the fruits of your professional racing experience; course side VIP seating with TV’s for the pro race, and a meal fit for a pro rider. You’ll get the physical sensations in your legs as you watch the professional peloton surge up the same climbs you rode just hours prior, it is guaranteed to be an incredible day.
All Cyclosportif riders will be entered into the drawings for a chance to win a Storck C1.1 Frameset and a set of wheels from Revolution Wheelworks! Worth $2,500 and $800 respectively.
To register go to BikeReg.com and search for, “Univest Grand Prix Cyclosportif”
2009 UNIVEST GRAND PRIX
1 STAGE 1: TEAM TIME TRIAL 3.8 miles/6.2K per lap (2 Laps) Allentown, Lehigh County, PA Friday, September 11, 2009 Start/Finish Hamilton St. & 9th St. Rider Staging: 10:45pm First Team: 11:00am Last Team: 1:46pm
2 STAGE 2: SOUDERTON ROAD RACE 99.5 miles/160K Souderton, Montgomery County, PA Saturday, September 12, 2009 Start/Finish: Main Street, Souderton, PA Rider Sign-In: 9:45 am Call to Start: 10:35 am Start Time: 10:50 am Peloton returns to Souderton/Telford: 1:15pm Classification: UCI America Tour, USA Cycling Pro Tour
For the first time ever, the Univest Grand Prix is a UCI 2.2 Stage Race, joining America’s true road classic in Souderton, PA with a grueling 7.6 Mile Team Time Trial in Allentown, PA. Rounding out American’s toughest three days of racing will be the always-popular Doylestown Criterium, held on September 13th. Held in three counties (Montgomery, Bucks and Lehigh) over three days with the Team Time Trial and Road Race comprising the UCI Stage Race, the 2009 Univest Grand Prix is sure to thrill. Here is an insider’s glimpse at the race:
3 DOYLESTOWN CRITERIUM 50 miles/80 Kilometers Doylestown, Bucks County, PA Sunday, September 13, 2009 Start/Finish: Main St. & Court St., Doylestown, PA Kid’s Race: 10:00 am Call to Start: 10:35 am Start Time: 11:00 am Finish Time: Est. 12:50 pm
Around the world the team time trial is regarded as an art, and now the Lehigh Valley will experience the event first hand. This race is a perfect mesh of precision, strength, team unity and aerodynamic efficiency. Teams of six riders will work together to achieve the lowest possible time as they cover two laps of a 3.8-mile course, with the first rider across the line on the fastest team wearing the first Univest Grand Prix yellow leader’s jersey. Teams will start in 2-minute intervals with three teams on the course at any given time.
With a newly crowned leader from the team time trial, riders will take to the roads of Souderton to play their remaining cards during the second stage of the Univest Grand Prix. Will the jersey switch shoulders over the 99.5-mile course? Strong riders and motivated local pros will be sure to attack repeatedly to shake the stronghold of the peloton, fighting for their own chance at victory.
3 Rounding out three intense days of European-style racing is the Doylestown Criterium on September, 13th. Riders will gear up for a short course criterium on the streets of Doylestown, racing for victory on the penultimate day of the Univest Grand Prix. Riders will complete 36 laps of a 1.4-mile circuit with the Start/Finish at the intersection of Main Street and Court Street, approaching speeds of almost 40mph just inches away from the spectator barricades.
2009 UNIVEST GRAND PRIX
2009 UNIVEST GRAND PRIX JERSEY DESIGNATIONS
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Cycling and Community Expo Friday, Sept. 11th in Allentown: 10:30am – 3:00pm Saturday, Sept. 12th in Souderton: 10:30am – 3:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13th in Doylestown: 10:00am – 2:00pm Be sure to check out the race expo each day for the latest and greatest products and services that the health and fitness industry has to offer. There is absolutely no charge of entry and many new cycling products will be on display. The expo is a great event that brings both community businesses and groups together with the cycling industry for a fun filled gathering. You won’t want to miss it!
Kid’s Races Saturday, Sept. 12th in Souderton: 11:00am Saturday, Sept. 12th in Landsdale: 12:00pm Sunday, Sept. 13th in Doylestown: 10:00am Whether your child has big wheels or training wheels, the Kid’s Races happening all weekend will be a blast. Kid’s races will be held in Souderton, Lansdale and Doylestown, and are open to any child Age 3-13 with a helmet and a working bicycle. The children will race down the finishing straight and under the finish banner while the entire crowd cheers them on as if they were real pro riders!
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Cyclosportif Saturday, Sept. 12th in Souderton: 8:00am Every year hundreds of amateur cyclists take to the roads of Souderton just hours before the professional race to ride the course as a part of the Univest Grand Prix Cyclosportif. This is America’s only true Cyclosportif, modeled after the famous L’Etape Du Tour in France and Ghent-Wevelgem Cyclosportif in Belgium. If you’re an amateur cyclist, no matter your ability, you need to ride the Cyclosportif this year. For more information go to BikeReg.com and search for “Univest Grand Prix” or follow us on Twitter at, www.twitter.com/UnivestGP.
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