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‘Bucks County Classic’ Organizer Gears Up For September Race

(2011 UNIVEST GRAND PRIX; Credit: Laurence Kelly)

(2011 UNIVEST GRAND PRIX; Credit: Laurence Kelly)

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By Steve Tawa,

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – A former professional cyclist from the area is organizing a two-day race in mid-September, The Bucks County Classic, the same weekend as the annual Doylestown Arts Fest.

Race organizer John Eustice knows the roads between New Hope and Doylestown, where he mapped out the hilly 14-mile circuit, because he grew up in nearby Ivyland.

“It’ll be a 98-mile race, and extremely difficult, [a] challenging race. Only a true strongman can win this one,” explains Eustice.

But unlike the well known Philadelphia pro race, this one is for climbers.

“It’s lots and lots of Manayunk walls, without the long flat stretches in between. It’s up and down past the river, past beautiful colonial homes,” Eustice says.

The next day, Sunday, Septemer 16th, there will be a shorter, turn-filled criterium-a 50-mile race on a 1.4 mile circuit-around downtown Doylestown:

“It encircles the Doylestown arts fair. So you can walk around the course, through the art fest, to various angles,” says Eustice.

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