International Cycling Action Returns to Pennsylvania This Weekend with the Thompson Bucks County Classic

International Cycling Action Returns to Pennsylvania This Weekend with the Thompson Bucks County Classic

September 13th, 2012

The weekend includes two pro cycling races, the Cyclosportif 100K recreational ride, children’s races, community events and viewing parties with enthusiastic local businesses

Doylestown, PA – September 13, 2012 – The excitement of international cycling returns to the Pennsylvania this weekend as top professionals race through bucolic Bucks County at the Thompson Bucks County Classic, September 15-16. Sponsored by the Thompson Organization, the weekend includes two professional cycling races, the Cyclosportif 100K recreational ride, children’s races, community events and dozens of viewing parties along the course. The event is held in conjunction with the Doylestown Arts Festival, also presented by the Thompson Organization.

“Thanks to the Thompson Organization, the entire Bucks County community is ecstatic for the return of international cycling action at this weekend’s Thompson Bucks County Classic,” said Bucks County native and Race Director John Eustice, “One of the goals of the race is to bring attention to the region, it’s history and beautiful scenery all of which make Bucks County so very special. From the numerous local establishments hosting viewing parties to the hundreds of local volunteers, our community has made this a world-class event.”

“We’re extremely excited to host a race of international standing right here in the heart of Doylestown,” said Jack Thompson, President of the Thompson Organization. “This will be a great weekend for the region and we invite everyone to come out to celebrate and enjoy Bucks County.”

The weekend kicks off with the inaugural New Hope to Doylestown road race, one of only three American races for men to hold both UCI (International Cycling Union) and NRC (USA Cycling National Racing Calendar) sanctions. The 103-mile race will begin at 10:30am in New Hope, Pa., on Saturday, September 15, and race to Carversville for six grueling laps of a 14.6-mile circuit that includes two covered bridges and spans Solebury, Buckingham, Plumstead and Bedminster Townships. The peloton will then race to the finish in Doylestown.

“The same steep twisting climbs and technical descents that make this course so beautiful also serve to create an authentic European-style road race course here in North America,” added Eustice.  “Top pro teams from around the world will descend upon Bucks County this weekend to battle this Classic course and each other.”

Saturday Race Party Zones

The best place for spectators to catch the action on Saturday is along the Carversville circuit between 11:00 am -2:00 pm. This circuit features two scenic covered bridges, climbing action, viewing parties along the course and race parties at in Point Pleasant and Lumberville.

Carversville’s iconic hill is where the peloton will battle for the Teva Respiratory Best Climber Award, a race within the race where points are scored for the first rider to the top each lap. On the Delaware River side of the circuit, the sprinters will battle for the Doylestown Hospital Best Sprinter Award at the Lumberville Country Store Pig Roast.

Cyclosportif 100K

The second day of the festival begins with the Cyclosportif 100K, a 63-mile recreational ride throughout Upper Bucks County. The ride, with its pro racing atmosphere, is aimed at enthusiast cyclists and based on the rapidly growing gran fondo-style of event, one that draws riders from across the country and globe.

The always-popular children’s races take place Sunday with medals and pro rider autographs waiting for the young competitors at the end of their long sprint up to the pro finish line.

9th annual Thompson Criterium of Doylestown

The grand finale of the weekend will be the 9th annual Thompson Criterium of Doylestown, a spectacular race that encircles the Doylestown Arts Festival lined with packed house parties and thousands of spectators. It is the very definition of high-speed, action cycling, and has never failed to provide an afternoon of excitement and free entertainment for fans and residents.

In addition to the Thompson Organization, other key sponsors making this weekend possible are Doylestown Hospital, Teva Respiratory and Eastburn and Gray.

For more information, visit www.BucksCountyClassic.com.

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About The Thompson Organization

In business since 1969, The Thompson Organization includes Thompson Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and BMW and Thompson Rent A Car, located at Routes 313 and 611 in Doylestown, as well as the Thompson Detail Center located on N. Broad Street in Doylestown, the Thompson Collision Center located on Route 611 in Plumsteadville, and Thompson Volkswagen, Porsche of Bucks County and Audi Warrington, located on Route 611 in Warrington. For more information on the Thompson family of automotive dealerships, please visit www.1800Thompson.com.

About Sparta Cycling

Sparta Cycling provides race promotion services to deliver world-class events that meet the needs of sponsors, teams and riders, spectators and supporting communities. For more information, please visit www.spartacycling.com.