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Pennsylvania’s Univest Grand Prix is experiencing a late-season growth spurt.
The UCI 2.2 race is adding a team time trial on Friday, Sept. 11. The 7.6-mile TTT and Saturday’s 100 mile road race will make up a 2-day stage race. The Univest weekend will continue with Sunday’s Univest Grand Prix Doylestown Criterium, which is not part of the Friday-Saturday stage race.
The stage race is part of the USA Cycling Pro Tour.
The new TTT stage will be held in Allenstown and will include two laps of a technical 3.8-mile circuit.
Saturday’s Univest Grand Prix road race starts and finishes in Souderton, Pennsylvania. The race includes 6,000 feet of climbing, with a 60-mile opening loop through Montgomery County’s rolling hills followed by 10 laps of a Souderton finishing circuit.
“The UCI and USA Cycling really worked with us to make this late-season expansion happen,” said race promoter John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling.
The races will be broadcast live on WFMZ Channel 69 and Universal Sports, Eustice said. The Allentown and Souderton races will feature a jumbo television at the finish line to allow spectators to follow the action throughout the course.
“The Univest Grand Prix has traditionally served as a gateway to the highest levels of the professional racing world,” Eustice said. Univest graduates include Tom Boonen, was was second as an amateur in 1999, and Will Frishkorn, who scored his first pro win at Univest.