“We’re extremely excited to have a race of international standing right here in the heart of Bucks County” said Jack Thompson, President of the Thompson Organization. He continues, “It’s a great sense of pride to know that we had a major part in keeping this race in Doylestown.”
The event is held in conjunction with the 21st Annual Doylestown Arts Festival, also presented by The Thompson Organization and hosted by the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance (DBCA). The outdoor event is held both days from 10 am to 5 pm. The Festival attracts thousands of people each September and takes place on numerous downtown streets– State, Main, Hamilton and West Oakland Streets are closed to accommodate over 150 artisans. The two day festival is a juried show, assuring genuine hand-crafted products. Selections are varied and include paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing, furniture, pottery and more.
Live music and entertainment will be presented at various locations throughout the downtown area. A wide range of dining options is available at the Festival’s Food Court, including healthy selections of salads and fruits. Doylestown’
The Thompson Organization and the DBCA work together throughout the year to ensure the success of this wonderful community event. Thompson has been the major sponsor of the Festival since its inception in 1991. Additional sponsors for this year’s festival include The Intelligencer – phillyburbs.com, Doylestown Hospital, Univest, Fulton Bank, ING Financial Partners, First Savings and Firstrust Bank.
The race weekend will kick off on Saturday, September 15 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. 150 professional cyclists will head to Carversville for six grueling laps of a 13.8-mile circuit that includes two covered bridges, passes The Black Bass Hotel and spans Solebury, Buckingham, Plumstead and Bedminster Townships. Those that complete the circuit will then race to the finish in Doylestown.
“These are the magnificent twisting roads that inspired me to become a professional racer,” said Bucks County native and Race Director John Eustice, “and the course design will give fans a ringside seat to one of the hardest races imaginable, one that will deliver the cycling equivalent of knockout punches.”
On Sunday, the festival begins with Doylestown Hospital’s Cyclosportif 100K, a 62-mile recreational ride throughout Central and Upper Bucks Counties. The ride, with its pro-racing atmosphere, is aimed at serious cycling enthusiasts. The ever-popular children’s races return, with registration beginning at 11:00am. Medals and other goodies will be awarded to all young competitors at the end of their long sprint up to the pro finish line.
The grand finale of the weekend will be the 9th annual Thompson Criterium of Doylestown, a spectacular race that encircles the Arts Festival, and draws 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.
For more information on The Thompson Bucks County Classic, visit http://www.buckscountyclassic.com
For more information about the Doylestown Arts Festival, visit www.doylestownartsfestival.com or call 215-340-9988.