Cyclosportif riders will be able to ride part of the Pennsylvania course ridden by the pros in the Univest Grand Prix on September 9, Univest GP organisers announced yesterday. The event begins three hours before the start of the pro men's race. Riders can choose between a 40 or a 60-mile course.
Cyclosportif is a European term for the recreational cyclist who enjoys the challenge of riding a road racing course. Popular cyclosportif events include 'L'Etape du Tour', which runs on a Tour de France stage three days before the Tour stage.
This year's Univest Grand Prix Cyclosportif participants can expect the same type experience as the Etape. Riders will receive official finishing times, on-course technical support provided by SRAM, a post-ride meal, post ride VIP seating to watch the finish of the pro race and can win over US$5000 in prizes from Bianchi, SRAM and Festina watches.