This year's Univest GP will return to Souderton, PA on September 9, with the Univest Criterium in Doylestown to be held on the following day. Moving up a week from its traditional date on the National Race Calendar, USA Cycling has chosen the Pennsylvania race weekend to fill the spot left vacant by the San Francisco Grand Prix.
One of only six UCI sanctioned races in the United States, the Univest GP is now the final stop on this year's UCI American Tour, and for 2006 Univest Corporation will retain title sponsorship of the race. "After the success of last year's race, we're delighted that Univest Corporation has increased their commitment to bringing one of the most anticipated events on the North American cycling calendar back to the communities of Montgomery and Bucks counties," said race organiser, John Eustice. "The Univest weekend continues to be one of the crown jewels in North American cycling. We're confident that the new date will enhance the already established reputation of the Souderton road race as the defining one day classic of the U.S. while also showcasing the popularity of the Univest Criterium of Doylestown."
The Univest Cyclosportif 100k, a 62-mile timed recreational ride held on the challenging pro race course will once again highlight the weekend of community activities and benefit the Indian Creek Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled. Participation in the "Cyclo", is expected to increase as the ride no longer conflicts with the MS150 ride from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. More details on the 2006 event, including an expanded race route, will follow in the coming months. For more information visit www.univestgrandprix.com.