Nature Valley Pro Ride Team Is Complete

The rosters are set for the 13 elite amateur bicycle racers who won spots – “American Idol” style – on the Nature Valley Pro Ride teams, earning the opportunity to compete against professionals next week at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Jane Weakley of Kettering, Ohio, and Brandon Feehery of Homewood, Ill., were the final…

Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Star Team Loaded With Talent

Six riders with a combined seven podium finishes at the recent USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals make up the Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars team for this month’s Nature Valley Grand Prix. Elle Anderson (Dartmouth College) and Kimberley Turner (Seattle Pacific University) are repeat selections to the team while Robin Bauer (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Missy Erickson…

Final Nature Valley Pro Ride Qualifier This Weekend

Only two spots remain to be filled on the Nature Valley Pro Ride women’s and men’s teams for this year’s Nature Valley Grand Prix. Cycling’s version of “American Idol” wraps up with the Quad Cities Memorial Weekend Omnium, which consists of three long-standing criteriums in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The top amateur man and…

Two Nature Valley Pro Ride Races This Weekend

A big weekend lies ahead for the Nature Valley Pro Ride, cycling’s version of “American Idol.” The Sterling Road Race in Boston on Saturday and Sunday’s Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville, Va., present the opportunity for four riders to gain roster spots on special men’s and women’s teams for the Nature Valley Grand Prix. A staple…

Nature Valley Bicycle Festival Announces Donation

Organizers of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, which includes the Nature Valley Grand Prix professional bicycle race, have announced a record-setting donation of $38,000 to the Pediatric Hospice and Pain & Palliative Care Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, their benefiting charity since 2003. To date, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival has raised…

Engleman To Direct Nature Valley Pro Ride Teams

Michael Engleman, former professional racer and head of the U.S. Women’s Cycling Development Program, will serve as head coach for the Nature Valley Pro Ride teams in 2011. Engleman has worked with some of America’s most successful riders, including Kristin Armstrong, Mara Abbott, Amber Neben and Mari Holden. He raced 10 years as a professional…

Ride Of A Lifetime At Nature Valley

Every year,  a unique experience is provided to 12 amateur riders, 6 men and 6 women, to compete alongside against the country’s top men and women professional bicycle racers at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the premier race race on the 2010 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. “It’s been a great experience for me to…

Universal Sports Televising Nature Valley Grand Prix

One of the most exciting editions in the history of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the top-ranked race on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, will be broadcast on Universal Sports, sharing nationally what fans in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin enjoyed in person last month. The hour-long program will air on Universal Sports at…

King of the Hill Brad Huff

Meet the new King of the Hill, Brad Huff of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda. Yep sprinter Huff won the King of the Hill (KOH) competition at Nature Valley Grand Prix. While the climbs might not have been that long, he still had to contend with steep kickers and aggressive riding.

Northey Gets Most Aggressive

“A good accomplishment.” said Mike Northey of the Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation team. “We walked away with something and Taylor was up there in the young rider and amateur as well, it’s good.” Northey was awarded the Most Aggressive jersey and his teammate Taylor Gunman, in his first race in the US, finished…

Sutherland Threepeats at Nature Valley Grand Prix

Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis) did it again at the Stillwater Criterium, the nail-biting finish to the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Not only did the Australian overcome a 3-second deficit to leader Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefit Strategies) but he also pulled out the stage win to claim his third consecutive overall victory at the race.…