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The Minnesota Qualifier Series

June 4, 2009

The Minnesota Qualifier Series wrapped up on June 2nd. This is different from the Nature Valley Pro Ride, which selected amateurs at events around the country for trips to ride on a Nature Valley composite team.

The results can be found here.

Since the men’s race fills with top riders (pro and amateurs) from across the country, we ensured that local elites would have a chance to participate by reserving twelve spots for riders from Minnesota. The race organizers then challenged the teams to come up with their own selection system. They picked four local races, awarding points for the placings in each race. The top two clubs won the right to send teams of four riders each. The other four spots went to individuals who scored well, but were not members of these two top teams. These individuals will form a composite team although, since three of them are from the same club, they’ll probably recruit the fourth rider to rider under their club colors for this one race.

In some ways, it’s similar to the Nature Valley Pro Ride to the extent that amateurs receive invitations to enter the Nature Valley Grand Prix, but it’s only for Minnesota riders, the teams themselves organized the Series and they have to pay their own way (but then they already live here).

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