The Univest Grand Prix, the premier amateur-only event in the United States, was officially canceled a week after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. The event organizers had originally announced that the Pennsylvania race had been postponed until October, but the event was finally called off on September 19.
“The Univest Grand Prix is above all an international event. We feel it unwise to expose our athletes to risk in these uncertain times,” said John Eustice of Sparta Cycling, the race organizer. “After a period of reflection, we will resume our work and build the 2002 Univest Grand Prix.”
While the 105-mile race will not take place this year, the organizers were going ahead with a non-competitive Cyclo-sportif 100km recreational event on October 6. Olympic champion Marty Nothstein and former amateur Giro d’Italia winner Davide Frattini were scheduled to ride in the 100K, which would raise money for the New York City Firemen’s Relief Fund as well as its original charity, the Indian Creek Foundation.