Race Director John Eustice became a good bicycle racer in large part because he fell in love with the roads of Bucks County.
“I felt so lucky, growing up in Ivyland as I did, that this network of some of the most beautiful cycling roads in the world were right at my doorstep,” says Eustice. “I used to leave school at 3:00, jump on my bike and not come home until way after dark, completely enthralled with the constant challenge and magnificent scenery offered by Bucks County.”
The Cyclosportif rides, designed by Eustice, allow entrants to experience the roads and training rides that made him a professional racer and lifelong cyclist. The rides are by no means easy: they are constantly challenging with steep hills, fast descents onto covered bridges, and even more hills. However, they are absolutely beautiful and represent a worthwhile and memorable experience and accomplishment for any rider.
The Bucks County Cyclosportif ride began in 2012 as a thank you ride for the course marshals and other volunteers who had helped to support the UCI road race held on the previous day. It has grown into a public event, with riders coming from as far away as New York and Washington DC.
A large part of its attraction is the sharing of the pro racing atmosphere, with escort motorcycles and expert riders taking part in the ride. It really is a full day of immersion in the pro racing world.
The challenging ride begins on the start/finish line of the Thompson Bucks County Classic professional race, and finishes at the Cyclo Hospitality Tent located on the final turn of the racecourse. There, the finishers can enjoy a post-ride meal and watch the thrilling action of the pros racing, all from a beautiful vantage point.
The organizers note that the Cyclosportif is not a race. It is a spirited ride among friends, a collective challenge where traffic rules are respected and participants are expected to ride with the same calm and safety that pro riders use when out on a training ride. Whether choosing the 30- or 60-mile ride, a great time will be had and the enjoyment of finishing in the middle of the best professional criterium in the USA gives this ride a character like no other.
The Cyclosportif non-competitive recreational ride offers two choices, 30- or 60-mile routes that take the participants through Upper Bucks County and some of the most beautiful cycling roads that exist. Sag and mechanical support, escort motorcycles and feed zones add to the attraction of the ride.