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Rising Star, Emily Georgeson, Talks about 2013 NVGP

May 16, 2013

Sports radio 1400 interviews Emily Georgeson. Emily is a young upcoming racer from Wisconsin. She qualified to race in the Nature Valley Grand Prix through the Nature Valley Pro Chase amateur qualifier series. Emily talks about what it will be like to race in front of the home crowd. Also what inspired her to enter racing and her goals as a racer.

 

Want to hear more Sports Radio 1400?  Check out  the Water Cooler with Jimmie Kaska here! http://www.sportsradio1400.com/pages/Watercooler.html

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First Four Qualifiers Announced for Nature Valley Pro Ride

April 19, 2010

The first four of the 12 riders on the Nature Valley Pro Ride men’s and women’s teams have been selected, with the next two to be determined in Oregon this weekend.


Women’s qualifiers are Kristen Meshberg of Lyons, Ill., from the Hillsboro-Roubaix Road Race near St. Louis and Monroe, Ga., resident Nancy Jones, from the Rock Hill Spring Bicycle Classic in South Carolina.

Jones, riding for Subaru Gary Fisher Road Cycling Team, is a past Georgia state time trial champion who finished third in that discipline at last year’s USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships. Meshberg rides for the Flatlandia Cycling Team and said she is “super excited” to be part of the Nature Valley Pro Ride.

“What a cool race and what a cool program” Meshberg said. “I also am very appreciative for the opportunities that the Nature Valley Grand Prix provides for women’s cycling. Having a filled women’s field is fantastic.”

Men’s qualifiers are Zach Garrett of Sumter, S.C. and Lawrence, Kan., resident Joseph Schmalz of the Mercy Cycling Team. Garrett races for U.S. Military Cycling. To accept the Nature Valley Pro Ride invitation, he first had to receive permission for time off from his commanders at Shaw Air Force Base.

“Once I told them how prestigious the Nature Valley Grand Prix is, they were all ears and really happy for me,” Garrett said. “I’m really excited about the opportunity. It’s just incredible to allow a composite team to be formed and give amateurs the opportunity to race against the pros.”


Nature Valley Pro Riders who are invited to compete in the Nature Valley Grand Prix earn free entry to the race, generous travel stipends, team clothing, housing, ground transportation, and staff support for their composite teams. They also receive pro-level recognition before, during and after the events, including pre-race call-ups and participation in promotional and media appearances.

This weekend marks the next stop on the Nature Valley Pro Ride national tour. The Cherry Blossom Classic presented by Waters Edge Health and Wellness Center takes place Friday through Sunday in the Portland, Ore., area. Qualifiers will be based on the final overall standings in the three-day event that includes a road race, circuit race, time trial and criterium.

The other remaining Nature Valley Pro Ride events are: Barrio Logan Grand Prix/Mark Reynolds San Luis Rey Cycling Classic (May 1-2) in California, Bear Mountain Spring Classic (May 16) in New York and Mt. Hamilton Classic Road Race/Memorial Day Criterium (May 30-31) in California.

For more information, visit www.NatureValleyProRide.com.

About the Nature Valley Grand Prix

The Nature Valley Grand Prix, which takes place in Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, is the premier stage race on the 2010 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The 2010 race will include stops in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie, and Stillwater. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is a volunteer-run event, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the festival’s benefiting charity. More information can be found at: www.NatureValleyGrandPrix.com.

About Nature Valley

Nature Valley, the brand that created the granola bar category in 1975, brings variety to healthy, active consumers looking for wholesome and great-tasting snacks. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Nature Valley is part of General Mills, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products. For more information, visit www.NatureValley.com.

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Nature Valley Pro Ride Is Amateur Cyclists’ Chance of A Lifetime

January 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Minneapolis (Jan. 12, 2010) – Six races sprinkled throughout the United States will comprise the 2010 Nature Valley Pro Ride, the qualifying events for amateurs to earn a trip to compete against the country’s top men and women professional bicycle racers at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

The Nature Valley Pro Ride will select the top amateur men and women to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 12th annual edition of the premier stage race on the 2010 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The 2010 edition of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, held in East Central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, runs June 16-20.

Rider invitations will be issued following the six stops on this national tour: Hillsboro-Roubaix Road Race (April 10) in Illinois, Rock Hill Spring Bicycle Classic (April 10-11) in South Carolina, Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic (April 23-25) in Oregon, Barrio Logan Grand Prix/Mark Reynolds San Luis Rey Road Cycling Classic (May 1-2) in California, Bear Mountain Spring Classic (May 15) in New York and Mt. Hamilton Road Race/Criterium (May 30-31) in California.

Nature Valley Pro Riders who are invited to compete in the Nature Valley Grand Prix earn free entries to the race, generous travel stipends, team clothing, housing, ground transportation, and staff support for their composite teams. They will also receive pro-level recognition before, during and after the events, including pre-race call-ups and participation in promotional and media appearances.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an amateur to receive a ‘battlefield promotion’ to compete with the top professionals,” Nature Valley Grand Prix Executive Director David LaPorte said. ”Since its inception 11 years ago, the Nature Valley Grand Prix has emerged as the top women’s bike racing event and one of the top men’s races in the U.S.. The Nature Valley Pro Ride gives top U.S. amateurs a chance race in front of huge crowds, to be noticed by pro team managers and potentially to receive a pro contract.”

The Rock Hill Spring Bicycle Races, Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic, Barrio Logan Grand Prix and Mt. Hamilton Road Race/Memorial Day Criterium are all new to the Nature Valley Pro Ride for 2010.

Hillsboro-Roubaix and the Bear Mountain Spring Classic return from the 2009 Nature Valley Pro Ride calendar, as does the San Luis Rey Road Race, which is partnering with the Barrio Logan Grand Prix to add a qualifying criterium this year.

Rock Hill Spring Races Promoter Kim Deacon said becoming part of the Nature Valley Pro Ride marks a high point in his 30 years of organizing the event.

“The prestige of being invited to affiliate with such a prominent event as the Nature Valley Grand Prix enhances not only our racer draw and participation, but also the recognition and importance of our race in the Southeastern U.S. racing calendar and in our local community,” Deacon said. “We have always prided ourselves for putting on a first-class and tough bicycle race. The recognition we are receiving from the Nature Valley Pro Ride is a nice confirmation of our work.”

More details on the qualifying process can be found at:

http://www.NatureValleyProRide.com

Snapshot glances of each event:

Hillsboro-Roubaix Road Race (April 10), Illinois: This challenging road race (87 miles for men, 58 miles for women) rumbles through the brick streets and rural roads about an hour’s drive northeast of St. Louis.

Rock Hill Spring Bicycle Races (April 10-11), South Carolina: The omnium format event combines the Old Town Criterium with the Patriots Trail Road Race (67 miles for men, 30 miles for women) that is run around historic Brattonsville, a “Living History” village near Charlotte, N.C.

Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic (May 15), Oregon:
A multi-stage race (four races in three days) set in the Portland area, the Nature Valley Pro Ride invitation will be based on the final overall standings.

Bear Mountain Spring Classic (May 15), New York:
Set in Harriman State Park, the second largest state park in New York, this 110-mile road race for men and 48-mile race for women is promoted by the Century Road Club Association, one of the oldest bicycle racing clubs in the nation.

Barrio Logan Grand Prix/Mark Reynolds San Luis Rey Road Cycling Classic (May 1-2), California: The two days of racing in the San Diego area include a 75 minute criterium for the men and a 50 minute criterium for the women, followed by an 88-mile road race for men and a 59-mile road race for women.

Mt. Hamilton Road Race/Memorial Day Criterium (May 30-31), California:
One of the longest running bike races in San Jose, Calif., the road race (55 miles for men, 36 miles for women) climbs 4,500 feet in 20 miles over Mt. Hamilton, the highest peak in the Bay area, on a course that is part of the 2010 Tour of California. The criterium is run over a one-mile course in the Morgan Hill Business Park. This will be the amateurs’ last chance to qualify for the 2010 Nature Valley Pro Ride.

About the Nature Valley Grand Prix

The Nature Valley Grand Prix, which takes place in Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, is the premier stage race on the 2010 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The 2010 race will include stops in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie, and Stillwater. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is a volunteer-run event, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the festival’s benefiting charity. More information can be found at: www.NatureValleyGrandPrix.com.

About Nature Valley

Nature Valley, the brand that created the granola bar category in 1975, brings variety to healthy, active consumers looking for wholesome and great-tasting snacks. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Nature Valley is part of General Mills, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products. For more information, visit www.NatureValley.com.

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Races Sought For 2010 Nature Valley Pro Ride Calendar

October 20, 2009

Minneapolis (Oct. 19, 2009) – A national program is offering race promoters the opportunity to send their top amateurs to the 2010 edition of the Nature Valley Grand Prix (Minnesota & Western Wisconsin, June 16-20) to compete against the country’s top men and women professional bicycle racers.

Entering its third year, the “Nature Valley Pro Ride” will select amateur men and women at regional races around the United States to become part of a pair of Nature Valley composite teams for the 12th annual edition of the five-day stage race that begins June 16.

The Nature Valley Grand Prix is the top ranked event on the 2010 USA Cycling National Race Calendar (NRC), attracting tens of thousands of cycling enthusiasts, pro athletes and avid recreational riders to Minnesota.

Nature Valley Pro Riders line up for the Saint Paul Criterium. Members of the Nature Valley Cycling Team were selected at qualifier events held around the country. Team members won trips to the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the top ranked race on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. Photo Credit: Stephanie Williams

“This is a chance for a race promoter to raise the participation and visibility of their event at no extra cost,” Nature Valley Grand Prix Race Director David LaPorte said. “As for the riders who are selected, they can look forward to racing in front of huge crowds and being treated like a rock star at our event.”

“I made the commitment to drive the 13 hrs to St. Louis for the Hillsboro-Roubaix road race”, wrote 2009 Nature Valley Pro Rider Chris Winn of Lakewood, Colorado, in his blog. “Long way to go for a bunch of Coloradans for a weekend suffer-fest. The race was the second qualifier event for the Nature Valley Pro Ride, a chance for amateurs to get the complete pro package treatment in a composite team for the Nature Valley [Grand Prix] Stage Race in June.”

Amateur racers (Category I men and Category 1,2 women) who qualify at a Nature Valley Pro Ride event receive a “battlefield promotion” that earns them free entry to the race, travel stipends, team clothing, housing, ground transportation, and staff support for their composite team.

Races that become part of the Nature Valley Pro Ride schedule can expect an aggressive marketing and media relations campaign, as well as on-site sampling of Nature Valley Granola Bars and complimentary staffing of the booth by company representatives.

“We’re looking for the top regional races who want to take their game to a higher level,” LaPorte said. “We’ll consider road races, criteriums and stage races, as long as they get strong fields. And our promotional programs will make those fields even stronger.”

To be considered for the 2010 Nature Valley Pro Ride, a race must be permitted through USA Cycling and take place no later than June 13. Preference will be given to races that take place between March and mid-May.

Interested promoters must submit their application by Dec. 15. More details and a downloadable application can be found at www.naturevalleyproride.com.

The 2009 Nature Valley Pro Ride schedule will be announced Jan. 4, 2010.

About the Nature Valley Grand Prix

The Nature Valley Grand Prix began as a one-day criterium in Saint Paul in 1999. Its schedule and prestige have grown steadily until now, in its 12th year, it is ranked at the top of the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix schedule includes a unique mix of three criteriums (short circuit races), two road races and a time trial as the stages of the race move from downtown Saint Paul, to Cannon Falls, to Minneapolis, to Menomonie, and, finally culminates in Stillwater. For more information visit: www.NatureValleyGrandPrix.com

About Nature Valley

Nature Valley, the brand that created the granola bar category in 1975, brings variety to healthy, active consumers looking for wholesome and great-tasting snacks. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Nature Valley is part of General Mills, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products.

About the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar

Entering its 14th season in 2010, the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) is an all-inclusive road cycling series sanctioned by USA Cycling. It is designed to provide a ranking system for all elite-level cyclists, both amateur and professional, through participation in the nation’s premier cycling events. For more information on the NRC, visit www.usacycling.org/nrc/ or contact Micah Rice at (719) 434-4283 or mrice@usacycling.org.

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What a long, strange trip it’s been.

May 14, 2009

Chris Winn is one of the elite few who have raced their way onto the Nature Valley Pro Ride team. His excellent performance at Hillsboro-Roubaix earned him a spot on the NVPR team for the upcoming Nature Valley Grand Prix. From now until the race ends, Winny will be writing a few entries on how he got where he is today and where he hopes to be in the future.

I guess I was one of the lucky ones. Hold on…scratch that. I’m not a big believer in luck; I’m one of those guys who believe you make your own luck. So sitting in a Subaru for 13 hours from Denver, CO to Hillsboro, IL for one of the Nature Valley Pro Ride selection races (Hillsboro-Roubaix – Ed.) took some dedication. But in the end it all worked out, I qualified and here I am, deep into the final month’s preparation for the race. Making the “Pro-Ride” team was a nice little goal to set as an amateur trying to make the transition into the professional ranks, with the reward of the exposure it brings and the level of support we receive for the week.

As this is my first entry, I am keen to share a little background on how an Aussie from a tiny mountain town east of Melbourne ended up living in Colorado. Competitive cycling is, of course, the easy and straight forward answer, but my first foray on these foreign shores was actually spent with two wheels on the dirt, not on the tarmac. My main focus ever since I began competitive cycling was as a cross-country mountain biker.


Courtesy of Chris Winn

In fact, 2009 is only my second season full time on the road. So first time racing here was in 2007, chasing mountain bike races with my brother living out of an R.V. Each year since then, my commitment has grown, to the point where now I am living and working for a professional cycling coaching business….and still chasing the dream of a professional cycling contract.

I’ll fast forward to the present: my training has resumed this week after taking a short break the week before. Recovery was much needed after racing the Tour of the Gila down in New Mexico at the end of April. With Lance, Levi and Horner (plus pretty much every pro US team in attendance), it was a tough week that’s for sure, but an important one to get in the legs before the big one in June.


Courtesy of Ben Raby

In recent days I have managed to meet up with Ryan Parnes, a fellow member on the Pro Ride team, spending a nice 4.5hr today up in the mountains. This is his first time training out this way, and today was a rough introduction doing intervals up at 8000ft! Nonetheless, the sun has finally decided to come out to play here, and days like today were near perfect.

Stay tuned for more updates to come, and an inside perspective during the race.

Cheers,

Winny.

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