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Bucks County Classic Caps UCI Cycling Tour

The 103-mile road race through Central Bucks County on Saturday concluded the 2012 UCI America Tour.

 

The Bucks County Classic crown went to a kiwi Saturday but the overall tour crown went to an Aussie.

Patrick Bevin, of New Zealand, won the inaugural Thompson Bucks County Classic, racing for Bissell Pro Cycling. Bevin finished the strenuous 103-mile course in 4 hours, 12 minutes, 31.4 seconds.

But the race through the rolling hills of beautiful Bucks also capped the 2012 UCI America Tour, a series of races held from Canada to Argentina.

Maximiliano Richeze (Team Nippo) led the individual standings heading into the Bucks County race with 166 points, reported VeloNews. Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) was in second with 158.8 points, and 2011 America Tour champion Miguel Ubeto (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) was third with 150 points.

On Saturday, Sutherland rode away with the tour crown.

The race began in New Hope, then headed toward Carversville for six laps on a 14.6-mile loop through rolling countryside. The loop took cyclists through Solebury, Buckingham, Plumstead and Bedminster, before shooting them toward the finish in downtown Doylestown.

The weekend's racing action continues Sunday with the ninth-annual Thompson Doylestown Criterium. The 50-mile sprint on a 1.4-mile loop around downtown Doylestown begins at 1 p.m.

CivicRepublican September 16, 2012 at 03:12 PM
For those of us who tried to go about our normal Saturday lives, the traffic re-routes were appalling. This is not (!) to fault the overburdened police. The burden should have been on race sponsored signage & volunteers placed strategically throughout the race route & "environs" to provide critical detour information. Get it right next time . . . or be gone!
Russell September 16, 2012 at 07:54 PM
this is a great event for the buck county area.I know of 5 people who stayed in our hotels and ate in our restaurants.This is how our beautiful town servives. Just know by doing your part our town shines to the people who visit .
Ted Inoue September 20, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Races on the open roads can definitely be a logistical challenge for organizers and local traffic. As a racer and local resident, I rode the course as a spectator, observing conditions around the course and found that they generally did a pretty good job marshaling traffic. They used a "rolling enclosure" where the main group of racers is led and followed by a caravan to keep the racers safe. Typically this results in about a 5 minute delay at intersections. Some areas were undoubtedly more inconvenient to drivers, like the few mile stretch along river road from Point Pleasant to Lumberville. There's unfortunately few good detours for traffic flowing opposite to the direction of the race. Adding additional signage is a great idea. The Thompson Bucks County Classic, was for cycling like the final game of the World Series. Having it held in our back yard was a great honor that many residents of Bucks County would love to see repeated. Kudos to Thompson and the race organizers for making this such a success!
Joel Skyzer September 20, 2012 at 08:33 PM
First, huge thanks to The Thompson Organization for their hard work and financial support for this event. Great job! Also want to thank local law enforcement. Great job officers. Really appreciate your time and effort. I pedaled through most of the course, stopping for chow at Carversviile General, Lumberville General, and Applejacks. Great food and lots of happy people. I also had a chance to talk with some of the racers during training rides in the days prior to race day and after the race and they really like the event and enjoy the course. To those unhappy about automobile traffic routing- thanks for your patience. This is a special event and an honor to have here in our neighborhood. You might consider jumping on a bicycle on race day and pedaling as a spectator. That's the best way to get around a bike race. Thanks also to all the Marshalls and volunteers and county workers who busted hump with barriers, signage etc. Great job! Cant wait till next year.

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