NATURE VALLEY GRAND PRIX ADDS PRO OPPORTUNITY FOR TOP AMATEUR CYCLISTS
Riders Get Chance to Earn A Spot on The Nature Valley Cycling Team and Compete in The 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix
MINNEAPOLIS – April 23, 2008 – The Wente Vineyards Road Race, held in Livermore, Calif., on April 26, 2008, has been selected to participate in a prestigious national program, the 2008 Nature Valley Pro Ride. This new program will select the country’s best amateur riders to participate in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the top bicycle stage race on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The Wente Vineyards Road Race is one of just three events in the country to receive the honor to participate in this national program.
“The Wente Vineyards Road Race was selected from more than 2,000 USA Cycling races based on its excellent reputation as a top regional event,” said Nature Valley Pro Ride director David LaPorte of Minneapolis, Minn. “We solicited nominations from leaders in the national cycling community and this event was named repeatedly. It’s a “must do” for West Coast bicycle racers. Since it already attracts the top talent, it was a perfect fit as one of our qualifier races.”
The Wente Vineyards Road Race will select two men and two women to travel to Minnesota’s prestigious Nature Valley Grand Prix, a five-day, six-stage race held June 11 – 15. Here selected riders will race as members of the Nature Valley Cycling Team where they will experience the thrills of professional racing at the nation’s top event. They will also receive a travel stipend, free entry, team uniforms, and be taken care of throughout the five-day race by a professional team staff.
The Wente Vineyards Road Race is one of the most popular bicycle races in Northern California. Attracting more than 800 participants of all abilities, it is a standout event on the Northern California and Nevada Cycling Association. Only the Category 1 men and Category 1,2 women, the elite racers in this event, will be eligible for the Nature Valley Pro Ride.
The other two Nature Valley Pro Ride selection races are the Tour de Ephrata in Ephrata, Pa., April 26 and 27; and the Tour de Winghaven in St. Louis, June 8.
For more information visit: http://www.NatureValleyProRide.com
About the Nature Valley Grand Prix
The Nature Valley Grand Prix, began as a one-day criterium in Saint Paul in 1999. Ranked as the premier stage race on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, the 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix schedule includes stops in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Mankato and Stillwater, June 11 – 15. For more information, visit: www.minnbikefestival.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.NatureValleyGrandPrix.com.
and, Wente is also part of the Bay Area Women’s Cycling Series.
very cool weekend, coming up.
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