The Reading 120

The Reading 120, Thompson Bucks County Classic and Univest Grand Prix were professional bicycle road races founded in 1998 by former professional cyclist and two time US National Champion John Eustice, and sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – the world governing body of competitive cycling. The races took place in Southeast Pennsylvania beginning with The Univest Grand Prix in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States from 1999 to 2011, Thompson Bucks County Classic in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States 2012 to 2014 and Reading 120 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States 2015 and 2016.

Reading 120
DateSeptember
RegionUnited States
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI America Tour
TypeSingle day race
Web sitereading120.com Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1999 (1999)
Editions17
Final edition2016 (2016)
First winner Alexandre Lavallée (CAN)
Final winner Oscar Clark (USA)

The races are noteworthy not just for their sanctioning by the UCI (one of only 13 such events held for men in the United States in 2008), but also for their courses. In addition to the 160 km road races the event expanded in 2004 to include a non-competitive 100 km recreational ride and a criterium of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

In 2017, the road race portion of the event was cancelled. The criterium in Doylestown continues under the Thompson Bucks County Classic name and now includes a professional women's field and amateur men's and women's fields. The race came under new direction in 2019 after the retirement of John Eustice.


Name of the raceEdit

  • 1999-2011 : Univest Grand Prix
  • 2012-2014 : Thompson Bucks County Classic
  • 2015-2016 : Reading 120

Past road race winnersEdit

 
Some international and domestic professional cyclists coming through the Start/Finish for another lap of the finishing circuit in the Univest Grand Prix
Year Country Rider Team
1999   Canada Alexandre Lavallée Kissena Cycling Team
2000   Belgium Bert De Waele Colorado Altitude Training Systems
2001[1] No race
2002   United States Todd Herriott CRCA-Think Racing
2003   United States Ted Huang Webcor Cycling Team
2004   France Stéphane Bonsergent Alderfer's Auction Company
2005   Dominican Republic Melito Heredia GS Gotham-Toga
2006   United States Shawn Milne Navigators Cycling Team
2007   United States William Frischkorn Slipstream–Chipotle
2008   United States Lucas Euser Garmin-Chipotle
2009   Ukraine Volodymyr Starchyk Amore & Vita-McDonald's
2010   Sweden Jonas Ahlstrand Team Cykelcity
2011   Canada Ryan Roth SpiderTech–C10
2012   New Zealand Patrick Bevin Bissell
2013   United States Kiel Reijnen UnitedHealthcare
2014   Canada Zach Bell Team SmartStop
2015   United States Daniel Summerhill UnitedHealthcare
2016   United States Oscar Clark Holowesko Citadel Racing Team

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The race was not disputed due to the September 11 attacks

External linksEdit