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That's a Rap: TdF 2017

What I love about the Tour are the images and stories it leaves behind, these more important to me than who beat whom for what. Images such as Valverde’s terrible crash in Dusseldorf that destroyed Movistar’s Tour in the first five-minutes; France’s collective meltdown as young Lilian Calmejane was struck...




We’ve made it to the Champs-Élysées after three weeks of all sorts of drama and action, in a Tour decided by seconds. Of course, as we all know, there’s a “gentleman’s agreement” to ride today’s race in a state of truce, a celebratory ride into Paris before the final show...

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So Close

I found it to be extraordinary spectacle yesterday, when the top three on the General Classification, after almost three-weeks of racing culminating in a mountain-top finish, fought out the stage bonifications like they were Kittel and Greipel going for Green. The fact that young Bardet, whose AG2R La Mondial team...

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Last Climb

One Tour image that has stayed with me happened a week (or two..happily, one loses track of time once in the Tour bubble) ago when Chris Froome had a mid-race bike change. What struck me was how calmly and carefully Froome took his Garmin head unit off the old machine...



France Awaits

The French cycling renaissance has created one of the most popular, in terms of spectator participation, Tours in recent history as the massive roadside crowds attest, and no rider has excited the French population more than young Roman Bardet. Second in Paris last year at a whopping 4’ 05” to...

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A Great Tour

I’ve never understood people who complain that “this Tour is boring”. The Tour is three-weeks long and it’s impossible to have non-stop action for that long of period, unless one wants to go back to the bad old days…there are of course ways to insure a livelier race but they’re...




Nairo is, despite a few flashes of his old brilliance, going backwards in this Tour, first time off the podium in four appearances, etc. But his issues are not solely those of fatigue from the Giro-Tour double. There are serious management questions affecting the popular Colombian’s career, ones that will...

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French Success

What a race the French are having! Arnaud Démare's won in Vittel and grabbed the Green Jersey, Lilain Camejane triumphed at Station de Rousses, Romain Bardet smashed them on the wall at Peryagudes, throwing the race completely open in the process, with yesterday’s marvelous win by “Wawa” Warren Barguil in...




The racers now believe and that’s the scariest thing for Team Sky. Coming into the Tour, the main GC contenders were confident…of a podium spot. They would of course race for the win, but in the back of their minds, and especially after seeing those ridiculously deep and fast Time...

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What a heartbreak yesterday for the brave Pole Maciej Bodnar swept up by the raging sprint just meters before the finish. While most of the flatland breaks like yesterdays are controlled to perfection by the combination of race radios, live TV feeds in the team cars and the current team...

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Knowledge and Tradition

I’ve been on vacation watching the French TV feed off of my computer and yesterday was my first day back so I watched the NBC live show. As a bit of background, I did eight Tour de France’s as a journalist with ESPN/ABC Sports and one with ASO as their...




I’m liking Rigoberto Uran. The Colombian was right there with Froome and Aru every time things got toasty on Sunday’s climbs when he won that emotional and machismo 53 x 11- from a slow start - sprint.

Uran’s no ordinary racing cyclist, he’s a complete racer – more on that...



A French Race

That was great racing yesterday, drama and excitement from start to finish. I was watching the French feed when young Lilian Calmejane, struck with cramps, came to a virtual stop with five- kilometers to go, the French commentators went into complete meltdown. It was like the Hindenburg, “Oh the humanity…”...

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A Big Weekend

The long, hot stages of this Tour, an old school design, are having their effect and the peloton is beginning to fatigue. This was apparent yesterday during the sprint run-in to Nuits-Saint-Georges and the poor, possibly fatal to his ambitions for the Green Jersey, performance of Arnoud Démare. French Champion...

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Community Helps Kids Go From Training Wheels to Two Wheels

The first kids started arriving in the parking lot of Doylestown’s Chapman Park a few minutes before 5pm. Parents unloaded bikes from the backs of cars and you could feel a slight nervous energy radiating from both ends of the age bracket as four dozen children got ready to shed...

World Champion Track Cyclist to Help Kids Learn to Ride

If you ask the team that organizes the pro race every year what they like best about it, you’d probably expect to hear replies like “The speed!” “The crowds!” “The excitement!” And you would.

What they might not tell you is they get just as excited about the series...

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Roundup: Media coverage

Below is a quick roundup of media stories that highlighted the race:

A rookie and a three-peater win the Doylestown criteriums - The Intelligencer

Marcotte Wins Again At Thompson Bucks County Classic - PezCyclingNews

Cyclists Compete in Thompson Classic - Bucks County Herald

Big Weekend In Doylestown: Arts Fest, Bucks County Classic Bike Race -...



Official Results: Pro Men, Pro Women, Amateur

A spectacular finish to a spectacular criterium. In the men's pro race, Eric Marcotte nabbed his third win at the Thompson Bucks County Classic, followed at the line by Robin Carpenter and Edwin Avila. The women's pro race saw Skylar Schneider cross the line for the win ahead of Gretchen Stumhoffer and her...

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A Community Collaboration: One Teen’s Perspective

Local teen and aspiring journalist, Trevor D'Arcy, spent race day roaming the criterium and arts festival. He was accompanied by fellow teen and aspiring action sports photographer, Thomas Nees.

The Thompson Bucks County Classic bike race was the grand finale that wrapped up one of the biggest weekends of the year...

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Racer Q&A: 2014 Bucks Classic Winner Amy Cutler

We played 10 questions with professional career juggler and pro cyclist Amy Cutler. Amy returns to the streets of Doylestown on Sunday to go for her second win on the tough criterium course. 

Team: Fearless Femme RacingTwitter/Instagram: @alynncutler / @alynncutlerPalmares of Note:2014 Doylestown ChampionWinner of over 50 races, while balancing a 50-80hr/wk...

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Racer Q&A: Catching up with Team Bissel ABG Giant

Catching up with Team Bissell ABG Giant in our series of Q&As with racers hitting the streets of Doylestown this Sunday.

Brad NeagosTwitter: @bdneags4th USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals Road Race4th Northstar Grand Prix Best Amateur 2nd Bannock Street Crit 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate National Champion D2 Omnium

What was your first...

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Cyclosportif: The Day a World Champion Met the Son of the First 4-minute Miler

Three years ago, retired Army Colonel and world champion paratriathlete, Patty Solimene Collins, ceremoniously led out the Thompson Bucks County Classic Cyclosportif. We tried to get her to lead us out again. Unfortunately, she had other plans -- representing the United States this Sunday in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games...

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Teams Announced For Reading 120 and Thompson Bucks County Classic

More than two dozen men's professional cycling teams and at least a dozen women's teams will roll into Pennsylvania for this weekend's Reading 120 and Thompson Bucks County Classic races.

A mix of professional continental, national, regional and club-level squads are competing in the two days of racing on the...

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Racer Q&A: Edward Greene

Let's get to know some more about Team rider Edward Greene, a young rider who is building up a nice set of palmares. Make sure to check out his YouTube page, Life X Bike.

Twitter: EdwardMGreene

Palmares of Note:1) National Student Champion 20112) 8th GP Saguenay Stage 2 (2015)3) 13th...

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For AWeber, Sponsorship is About Community...and the Socks

We caught up with new sponsor AWeber CMO, Erik Harbison, who talked to us about the email marketing leader's support for the Thompson Bucks County Classic. The company's involvement with the Philadelphia-area bike community starts with AWeber's founder, Tom Kulzer, and his passion for cycling.  He raced competitive for a time near the inception of...

Racer Q&A: Cameron McPhaden

Get to know Cameron McPhaden and cheer him on this Sunday.

Twitter: @camcphaden

What was your first bike?Specialized Allez Sport 2005

What inspired you to become a professional bike racer?As unfortunate as it may be: Watching Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France each year.

Describe the best thing about being a...

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Racer Q&A: Evan Huffman

Next up in our racer profiles is Rally Cycling's Evan Huffman, who is having a banner 2016 coming into the Doylestown criterium.

Twitter/Instagram: @evanhuffman/@evan.huffman

Palmares of Note:2016 Tour of California KOM2016 NorthStar Grand Prix GC2016 Chico Stage Race GC

What was your first bike?Red BMX bike

What inspired you to...

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Racer Q&A: Jessica Mundy

We asked some of Sunday's racers a few questions to help you get to know them better. First to clip in is Fearless Femme Racing's Jessica Mundy.

Twitter: @JessicaMundy2Instagram: Jessica_Mundy25

What was your first bike?

My first bike was a bright pink Barbie bike with tassels and of course a...

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Get a Glimpse Into the Future of Cycling

It's not just the hardened pros who hit the streets of Doylestown this Sunday. Thompson Toyota and Toyota USA are sponsoring one of the Classic's most highly-anticipated races: the Toyota Children's Races! Get a glimpse into the future of cycling as local young riders get the thrill of a lifetime sprinting up to the pro...

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Making a Difference in Doylestown

We caught up with Laura Thompson Barnes, Vice President of The Thompson Organization, to get her thoughts on the import role the Classic plays in the local community, as well as the Thompson Organization’s tremendous support for the race.

Why is the race special to Thompson as an organization?


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Women's Pro Road Tour Brings Top Talent To Doylestown

Some of the top competitors on USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour will be on the start line of the Thompson Bucks County Classic professional women's criterium sponsored by Doylestown Health on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Much like the Olympic Games last month, a significant amount of attention will be on the...

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Fast Racers, Fast Car

The spotlight may be on our international cyclists as they tackle the challenging course, but it'll be hard to ignore our vibrant orange pace car. The all-new 2016 Lexus GS-F is designed to connect you to the road like never before and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding...

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Tour de France Veterans Headline Thompson Bucks County Classic

Spectators at the Thompson Bucks County Classic, a stop on the prestigious USA Cycling Pro Road Tour,  will have the chance to see veterans of professional cycling's greatest race, the Tour de France, up close and personal on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Past Tour de France riders Chris Horner and Danny...

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Interview: 11-time National Champion Samantha Schneider

The Thompson Bucks County Classic takes place in one of America's best small towns. And it draws some of the world's best bike racers.

This year the Doylestown Health Professional Women’s race brings with it a new national status and a deeper and stronger field to Doylestown -- with the racers fighting for an...

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Interview: 3-time Olympian Bobby Lea

Race director John Eustice recently sat down for a video chat with 3-time Olympian, 4-time Pan American Champion and 30-time National Champion, Bobby Lea while Bobby was in Rio for this year's Olympics.

The former and current pros discussed the current state of American cycling, Bobby's future racing plans, his work to bring more people...

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Community and Cycling: Better Together

Resorts and Lodges recently spoke with Alicia Hughes, Marketing Manager for the Thompson Organization, about what makes the Thompson Bucks County Classic and its hometown, Doylestown, so special.

Read the full interview here.

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What does a Tour de France racer think of our criterium?

We asked 7-time Tour de France racer and Grand Tour champion Chris Horner what he thought about the Thompson Bucks County Classic criterium course.

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7x Tour de France Racer Chris Horner on Training and Age

Race director John Eustice sat down with 7x Tour de France racer, Tour of Spain winner and Thompson Bucks County Classic competitor Chris Horner for a wide ranging conversation recently. In this clip, the two pros talk about what it's like training as a cyclist gets older.



Be Part of the Biggest Weekend in Bucks County

It’s arguably the biggest weekend in Bucks County every year. Tens of thousands descend on Doylestown to enjoy its renowned Arts Festival and experience professional cyclists racing shoulder to shoulder at ludicrous speed in the annual Thompson Bucks County Classic.

And we couldn't make it the success it is without the...

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Doylestown Cyclist Shatters 147 Year Old Record

On May 18, 1869, R.L. Cope, Esq., set the Doylestown velocipede record covering the distance from Cowell House to the cemetery on East Court Street and back in a time of "five minutes and some seconds." This afternoon, Dan Turner shattered Cope’s 147 year old mark in a blistering time of...

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Teaching Tomorrow's Bucks Classic Winners How to Ride

Every great cyclist throughout history had that first wobbly turn of the pedal. For more than 30 brand new bike riders, that first turn happened tonight at our second Learn to Ride event.

We were able to get almost every rider off of training wheels and onto two wheels. And once...

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Brand New Bike Riders

A few sights and sounds from last night's Learn to Ride event where we took 15 kids from training wheels to riding a bicycle.  This is the first in a three-session series designed to give back to the Bucks County community that does so much for the Thompson Bucks County Classic...



The Bump

I had the opportunity to talk to professional cyclist Cullen Easter of Team Illuminate the other day. This September 11 will be Cullen's first time racing the Thompson Bucks County Classic. In this video, he talks about the infamous and feared Bump the racers will face at high speed after...

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30 Second Breakdown

The excitement of pro cycling returns to Doylestown on Sunday, September 11 with the Thompson Bucks County Classic; one of the final stops on the prestigious USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. Watch world-class men and women compete in one of America's fastest races in one of America's best small towns. Watch...

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Interview with Flavio de Luna

"It's going to be crazy fast." - Flavio de Luna

Talking with Flavio de Luna, member of Team Illuminate and the national time trial champion of Mexico, during a stopover in Doylestown, home of the Thompson Bucks County Classic criterium. Watch the video now.

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American Bicycle Racing

The Amgen Tour of California took place this past week, heralded as the latest in a series of stage races (or multi-day – think Tour de France) that have all tried to claim the moniker of “major American stage race.” This quest began with the Tour de Trump – yes...

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Are You Ready?

America's best pro criterium returns to one of America's best small towns on September 11, 2016. This year's race will feature 6 distinct races including pro men, pro women, amateur men, children's races, highwheel cyclists, and of course the ever-popular cyclosportif.