Fahlin Wins, Small In Control At NVGP

The Menomonie Road Race, the fifth stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, might as well have been a criterium. After winding more than seventy miles across hilly rural roads in Dunn County, Wis., past dairy farms and corn and soybean fields, the peloton entered downtown Menomonie as tight as could be. The race wasn’t…

Huff Wins NVGP Stage 4

Coincidence? A few hours after joining the twitterverse, Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) pulled out the win in a chaotic finale at  the  Uptown Minneapolis Criterium, stage 4 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. “This is all because of Jeremy Powers, I wouldn’t be able to be here without him and forcing me to do it…

Cliff-Ryan Makes It Two At NVGP

Team TIBCO took it to the streets at the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium where they launched attack after attack to try and disrupt Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ control of the field. Unfortunately, it was also a battle to avoid the numerous crashes that peppered the 28-lap race including one that forced a short neutralization. In…

Severe Weather Cancels NVGP Stage 3

Minutes after the Nature Valley Grand Prix stage 3 was canceled due to severe weather, the interwebs were abuzz with photos and videos showing why the decision was a good one. Teams driving back to Minneapolis/St-Paul were forced to the side of the road with white out conditions caused by the rain and wind. (See…

Murphy Takes Over Yellow, Alzate Wins Stage At NVGP

What threatened to be a straightforward stage ended with a shakeup in the GC at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.  John Murphy (Kenda/5hr Energy p/b Geargrinder) won one intermediate sprint to take over the general classification lead from Tom Zirbel (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) by just one second, the result of winning just…

Cliff-Ryan Sprints To Win NVGP Stage 2

Riders from Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies did the hardest work in Wednesday night’s St. Paul Criterium, the second stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. They chased down Loren Rowney of Specialized-lululemon on a late-race breakout and protected the overall yellow jersey for teammate Carmen Small, winner of Wednesday morning’s time trial. The only…

Higgins, Marvulli Win at Fixed Gear Classic

Franco Marvulli (SUI) and Cari Higgins (USA) added to their MN Fixed Gear Classic medal counts on Saturday.  Marvulli took his second consecutive Endurance Omnium win and Higgins earned her third in convincing fashion.  Tela Crane (USA) and Jonathan Fraley (USA) took top honors in the Men’s and Women’s Sprint Omnium competitions. 2012 Fixed Gear…

Longer TT Course for Nature Valley Grand Prix

Street construction is forcing a change in the opening time trial for the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The five-day stage race, one of the top races on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, has often been decided by seconds, and team directors expect this new time trial course will have a huge effect on the…

Anthony Prevails; Sutherland Takes Stage Win At NVGP

Finally. After losing the overall on the final day of Nature Valley Grand Prix last year, the Kelly Benefit Strategies-Optumhealth team prevailed this year with Jesse Anthony winning the overall. Anthony was protected by his teammates who covered all the dangerous attacks by the Jamis/Sutter Home team until the final laps, and then it time…