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New Road Race for 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix

August 13, 2009

Switch in Host Communities Add Hills of Wisconsin to Stage 5 Road Race

Minneapolis (Aug. 13, 2009) – In 2010, the Minnesota Bicycle Festival will become the Midwest Bicycle Festival when it adds a Saturday event in the Wisconsin City of Menomonie. Menomonie will host the Stage 5 road race of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the top ranked stage race on the 2009 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. Menomonie, in mostly-rural Dunn County, is just across the Wisconsin border, 60 miles East of Saint Paul.

Although geographically close, it’s a world apart when it comes to terrain. Dunn County is known for its bicycle-friendly roads, with rolling hills and long climbs that will change the math of the entire Nature Valley Grand Prix. The Menomonie Road Race replaces the Mankato Road Race, which had 80 miles of flat, open terrain before finishing with four laps of a final circuit that included the brutal Main Street Hill. The rural route in Mankato was only selective when it was windy, but it’s been calm for the past two years. The move to Menomonie guarantees that the Saturday road race will be selective under any weather conditions.

“The Menomonie Road Race will favor climbers and strong all-arounders”, said Midwest Bicycle Festival executive director David LaPorte. “The teams have been asking for more climbing, and we’ve moved across the border to grant them their wish. This will be a course where significant blocks of time can be made up or lost and will set the stage for the final showdown the next day in Stillwater.”

“This is an excellent move for the Nature Valley Grand Prix”, said Team Type 1 General Manager Tom Schuler, a native of Wisconsin. “I know Menomonie well. It’s the perfect location for a classic road race.”

Dunn County is home to many cycling enthusiasts and has made great strides in developing itself as a destination for bicycle tourism. The Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in that county-wide effort and is the driving force behind the Menomonie Road Race.

“We’re thrilled that the Nature Valley Grand Prix is coming to Menomonie,” said Mark Lewis, avid cyclist and past president of the Chamber of Commerce, who’s heading the local steering committee. “Many Menomonie area residents have been attending the Nature Valley Grand Prix for years and hosting a stage in our home town had been a dream that has finally come true.”

The top women’s stage race in the United States and one of the top men’s races, the Nature Valley Grand Prix’s six stages will include a time trial; three criteriums in the downtowns of Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Stillwater; and road races in Cannon Falls and now, Menomonie.

About the Midwest Bicycle Festival and Nature Valley Grand Prix

The Midwest Bicycle Festival takes place each June, drawing cycling enthusiasts from around the country. Having just completed its 11th annual event on June 10 – 14, 2009, it is one of the nation’s top celebrations of bicycle culture in the country. Its featured event, the Nature Valley Grand Prix, was the premier stage race on the 2009 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix schedule will include stops in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie, and Stillwater. The Midwest Bicycle Festival is a volunteer-run event, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the festival’s benefiting charity. More info at www.MinnBikeFestival.com

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Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Finale Shakes Up Standings

August 6, 2009

Team classification takes unexpected twist and the Sprints tie is broken

(Minneapolis, August 4, 2009) The season long see saw battle between Team TIBCO and Webcor Builders ended in TIBCO’s favor at the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series grand finale at the Cascade Cycling Classic. Although Webcor’s guest rider Evelyn Stevens won the stage race, she wasn’t eligible for the Series. TIBCO finished with a wide margin and Webcor dropped to third, behind Team Type 1.

1 – 1319 – Team TIBCO
2 – 819 – Team Type 1
3 – 786 – Webcor Builders Cycling Team
4 – 677 – ValueAct Capital Cycling Team
5 – 437 – Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light

Sprint Classification – The most dramatic fight for the jerseys was in the Sprint classification, where Tina Pic (Colavita Sutter Home) had been tied on points with Alison Powers (Team Type 1), with the edge going to Powers because of the tie breakers. By the end of the Cascade Classic, Pic had it all sown up in the Series Sprint competition and Powers had slipped to fourth.

Tina Pic (Colavita Sutter Homes) wears the sprinters jersey for the Cascade Cycling Classic. Pic was tied on points for the Series sprint classification with Alison Powers after the Nature Valley Grand Prix,
although Power received the jersey on the tie breaker. However, Pic broke the tie in convincing fashion at Cascade and went on to win the Sprint classification for the 2009 WPCS. Photo credit: Jonathan Devich

1 – 429 – Tina Pic, Colavita Sutter Home
2 – 286 – Joanne Kiesanowski, Team TIBCO
3 – 275 – Gina Grain, Webcor Builders Cycling Team
4 – 250 – Alison Powers, Team Type 1
5 – 165 – Kirsty Broun, Lip Smackers

Individual – In contrast, there were no surprises in the individual classification. Powers seeming insurmountable lead going into Cascade just got wider and the top three positions were unchanged.



Alison Powers (Team Type 1) wears the orange WPCS leader’s jersey in the Cascade Cycling Classic. Powers led wire-to-wire throughout the Series. Photo credit: Jonathan Devich

1 – 616 – Alison Powers, Team Type 1
2 – 388 – Katharine Carroll, Team TIBCO
3 – 285 – Katheryn Mattis, Webcor Builders Cycling Team
4 – 246 – Joanne Kiesanowski, Team TIBCO
5 – 231 – Christina Ruiter, Value Act Capital

Young Rider – Webcor’s Rebecca Much maintained her lead in the Series Best Young Rider classification, despite losing ground to TIBCO’s Julie Beveridge. Alexis Rhodes (Webcor Builders) fell from second to third because she didn’t attend Cascade.



Alison Powers (Team Type 1) wears the orange WPCS leader’s jersey in the Cascade Cycling Classic. Powers led wire-to-wire throughout the Series. Photo credit: Jonathan Devich

1 – 649 – Rebecca Much, Webcor Builders Cycling Team
2 – 528 – Julie Beveridge, Team TIBCO
3 – 429 – Alexis Rhodes, Webcor Builders Cycling Team
4 – 352 – Amanda Miller, Lip Smackers
5 – 264 – Tiffany Cromwell, Colavita Sutter Home

About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

The 2009 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series began at the Redlands Bicycle Classic (March 26 – 29), followed by the Joe Martin Stage race (May 7 – 10) and then the Nature Valley Grand Prix (June 10 – 14 before concluding at the Cascade Cycling Classic (July 21 – 26).

The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series began in 2004 with the goal of highlighting women’s racing by giving them a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the men. Organized by the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the Series grew out of meetings that began in Minnesota in 2003 at the first Women’s Cycling Summit Conference hosted by that event.

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