Caroline Moakley Introduction Video

June 7, 2013

NVGP Anna Grace Christiansen Introduction

June 4, 2013

Tour de Moore and Sterling Road Race Select Latest Nature Valley Pro Chase Qualifiers

May 30, 2013

Caroline Moakley, Marcos Lazzarotto, Luciano Pavan, and Kerrin Strevell to Compete with Pros at Nature Valley Grand Prix June 12-16

Minneapolis-Saint Paul – Caroline Moakley and Marcos Lazzarotto both earned spots in the Nature Valley Pro Chase Program after performing well in the Tour de Moore while Luciano Pavan and Kerrin Strevell were both selected from the Sterling Road Race field. All four racers will compete among professionals at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota and Wisconsin June 12-16, 2013.

For former college athletes Moakley and Strevell, cycling provided a means of cross training, quickly becoming their sport of choice. While Lazzarotto was inspired after joining his college’s team, Pavan held up the family racing tradition watching his grandfather and father race. Despite demanding work and school schedules, all four racers make time to stick to their training plans and spend hours in the saddle.

Because of the opportunity to race against the pros, all of these athletes had their sights set on the Nature Valley Grand Prix when entering the qualifying races. “Going into it, I knew I had a shot at winning the Tour de Moore, but I’m honestly still in disbelief about the Nature Valley Grand Prix,” Moakley said. Lazzarotto expresses similar feelings in noting, “I’ve read about how people who make the team end up getting a contract and since that is my biggest goal, I am very excited.” In representing his team and family Pavan reflects, “This is such an important race. To be able to race against the best in the nation is an honor that I am really excited to be a part of.” Similarly, Strevell is no stranger to the renowned nature of this race. “I had heard of [this race] a couple years ago and watched clips of it on TV last year so it is awesome to qualify for it,” Strevell said. In discussing the opportunities that these cyclists will receive while training with the team, Executive Race Director David Laporte states, “The Nature Valley Pro Chase Program and the coaching that they get when they’re here, have played major roles in the careers of quite a number of riders who have professional contracts today.”

About the Pro Chase

The Nature Valley Pro Chase selects the top amateur man and woman at six races around the country to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 15th annual edition of the most prestigious event on the 2013 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.

Rider invitations are issued following each of the six stops on the Nature Valley Pro Chase national tour: Tour de Murrieta (March 9-11) near San Diego; Independence Valley Road Race (March 30) near Seattle; Jefferson Cup (April 7) near Charlottesville, Va.; Tour de Moore (April 27) near Raleigh, N.C.; Sterling Road Race (May 11) near Boston, MA; Quad Cities Criterium (May 27) in Rockford, IL.

 

About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is an 11-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is the most prestigious event on the USA Cycling Calendar, attracting top American racing teams and nearly 300 top riders from around the world. Races are free and open to the public. Proceeds from the Nature Valley Grand Prix are donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, a pediatric hospice project. For a detailed schedule visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com.

Nature Valley Bicycle Festival Announces Addition of Quad Cities Criterium to 2013 Pro Chase Schedule

May 20, 2013

Minneapolis, MN – The Nature Valley Bicycle Festival announced that the Quad Cities Criterium will be added to the Nature Valley Pro Chase Schedule. The Criterium, which takes place in Rock Island, IL on Memorial Day, May 27, will replace the Michigan Stage Race, which has been canceled. This will mark the second year that the Quad Cities Criterium will be part of the “Nature Valley Pro Chase” which selects the top amateur man and woman at six races around the country to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 15th annual edition of the most prestigious event on the 2013 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The amateur cyclists will earn a trip to the Nature Valley Grand Prix, where they will compete against the country’s top men and women professionals June 12-16, 2013.

”The goal of the Pro Chase program is to emotionally engage the entire cycling community by telling the stories of the participants,” Nature Valley Grand Prix Executive Director David LaPorte said. ”We’re excited to give top amateurs the opportunity to be noticed by pro team managers and potentially receive a pro contract.”

Rider invitations will be issued following each of the six stops on the Nature Valley Pro Chase national tour: Tour de Murrieta (March 9-11) near San Diego; Independence Valley Road Race (March 30) near Seattle; Jefferson Cup (April 7) near Charlottesville, Va.; Tour de Moore (April 27) near Raleigh, N.C.; Sterling Road Race (May 11) near Boston, MA; Quad Cities Criterium (May 27) near Rock Island, IL.

Nature Valley Pro Chase qualifiers will earn free entries to the Nature Valley Grand Prix, 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. Their entire journey can be followed through blogs and on-line videos on the Nature Valley Pro Chase website (www.naturevalleyprochase.com), the Nature Valley Grand Prix Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NatureValleyGrandPrix) and on Twitter (@NVBikeFest).

About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is an eleven-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Nature Valley Grand Prix has become the most prestigious event on the USA Cycling Racing Calendar, attracting top American racing teams and nearly 300 top riders from around the world. Races are free and open to the public. It is the only professional sporting event in Minnesota for which no admission ticket is required. Proceeds from the Nature Valley Grand Prix are donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, a pediatric hospice project. For a detailed schedule of events visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com.

Jefferson Cup Selects Latest Nature Valley Pro Chase Qualifiers

April 23, 2013

Scott Giles and Alexis Zink have both earned spots in the Nature Valley Pro Chase Program after performing well in the Jefferson Cup Road Race. Both racers will compete among professionals at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota and Wisconsin June 12-16, 2013.

The racers charted different paths to the top of the sport, with Zink rising from beginning racer to Category 1 in less than a year and Giles navigating a 10-year journey with the Navy on the way to his Category 1 elite amateur status.  Both riders’ maintain their commitment to training, despite rigorous work schedules.  Zink, the rowing coach at Washington, D.C.’s prestigious Sidwell Friends School, guides the futures of America’s next generation of leaders.  Giles trades the cockpit of a Navy Jet for time in the saddle as often as possible.

Giles follows his wife, 2011 Nature Valley Pro Chase alumna Kathleen Giles, and teammate, 2012 alum Pete Custer, to the Nature Valley Grand Prix.  “I am honored to follow in Kathleen and Pete’s footsteps.  I look forward to carrying on our team’s tradition.”  Zink, despite nerves at the Jefferson Cup qualifier notes, “It’s an awesome feeling to qualify for the Nature Valley Grand Prix.”  Both riders now turn their attention to the goal of standing out among top professionals. “The Nature Valley Pro Chase program, and the coaching that they get when they’re here, have played major roles in the careers of quite a number of riders who have professional contracts today,” Executive Race Director David LaPorte said.

About the Pro Chase

The Nature Valley Pro Chase selects the top amateur man and woman at six races around the country to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 15th annual edition of the most prestigious event on the 2013 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.

Rider invitations are issued following each of the six stops on the Nature Valley Pro Chase national tour: Tour de Murrieta (March 9-11) near San Diego; Independence Valley Road Race (March 30) near Seattle; Jefferson Cup (April 7) near Charlottesville, Va.; Tour de Moore (April 27) near Raleigh, N.C.; Sterling Road Race (May 11) near Boston, MA; Michigan Stage Race (May 17-19) near Grand Rapids, MI.

About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is an 11-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is the most prestigious event on the USA Cycling Calendar, attracting top American racing teams and nearly 300 top riders from around the world. Races are free and open to the public. Proceeds from the Nature Valley Grand Prix are donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, a pediatric hospice project. For a detailed schedule visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com.

Portland Amateur Cyclists Qualify for Nature Valley Pro Chase

April 11, 2013

Minneapolis-Saint Paul – Anna Christiansen and Stephen Bedford have both earned spots in the Nature Valley Pro Chase Program strong finishes in the Independence Valley Road Race. Both racers will compete among professionals at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota and Wisconsin June 12-16, 2013.

Although both riders started using bikes purely for transportation, the hobby grew into a passion that has fueled them through countless races and hours in the saddle. Racing for the Ironclad/Yakima team, Christiansen has numerous wins under her belt as well as a close teammate, Brianna Walle, whom she helped qualify for the Nature Valley Pro Chase last year. Bedford, racing on the HPChiro-RPM Mortgage team, has achieved a Category one ranking after only a few years of racing.

While Bedford has been focusing on improving his endurance and climbing, his past as an extreme skier makes him well suited for the criterium races of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. “Skiing definitely helps with the mental aspects of cycling. In skiing, there is no margin of error and if you don’t calculate your risks, there are consequences. This experience helps me perform well in criterium races because bumping into others or diving into corners doesn’t shake me,” Bedford said.

Christiansen is both looking forward to testing herself at the Nature Valley Grand Prix and racing in her home state. “The opportunity to race at that level is amazing. I’m really looking forward to racing in my home state.  It will be a thrill to race in front of my family and friends,” Christiansen said. Both riders have set high goals for themselves and hope to stand out among the nation’s top professionals. “The Nature Valley Pro Chase program, and the coaching that they get when they’re here, have played major roles in the careers of quite a number of riders who have professional contracts today,” Executive Race Director David LaPorte said.

About the Pro Chase

The Nature Valley Pro Chase selects the top amateur man and woman at six races around the country to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 15th annual edition of the most prestigious event on the 2013 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.

Rider invitations are issued following each of the six stops on the Nature Valley Pro Chase national tour: Tour de Murrieta (March 9-11) near San Diego; Independence Valley Road Race (March 30) near Seattle; Jefferson Cup (April 7) near Charlottesville, Va.; Tour de Moore (April 27) near Raleigh, N.C.; Sterling Road Race (May 11) near Boston, MA; Michigan Stage Race (May 17-19) near Grand Rapids, MI.

About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is an 11-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is the most prestigious event on the USA Cycling Calendar, attracting top American racing teams and nearly 300 top riders from around the world. Races are free and open to the public. Proceeds from the Nature Valley Grand Prix are donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, a pediatric hospice project. For a detailed schedule visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com.

First Qualifying Riders Selected for Nature Valley Pro Chase

March 25, 2013

Minneapolis-Saint Paul – Emily Georgeson and Ryan Schneider have both earned spots in the Nature Valley Pro Chase program after success in California’s Tour de Murrieta, March 9-11. Both racers will compete among top professionals at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota and Wisconsin June 12-16, 2013.

After winning his first road race, Schneider was hooked on cycling and jumped from a Category 5 to a Category 2 racer in just two years. Some of his biggest accomplishments to date are winning the Cat 2 race at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix and the Dana Point Grand Prix. Although Georgeson began her road racing career in January 2012, she quickly upgraded to Category 3 last April, Category 2 in September and has continued to perform well this season, winning the Tour de Murrieta.

While both cyclists balance a heavy training schedule on top of their busy jobs, success has been a common trend in their races so far. While most of Georgeson’s training is done alone, she is thankful for the support she gets from her team, Helen’s Cycles. “I never imagined I’d be doing this well when I started racing last year. I would look at my teammates and wonder if I’d ever be able to race that fast and now seeing all of my hard work come together is really rewarding,” Georgeson said. Riding for Bike Religion Sho-Air, has been an experience that provided Schneider with the necessary training and expertise to make him a stronger rider. “I was really surprised that I qualified for the Nature Valley Grand Prix, but I’m pretty happy about it. I had a teammate last year that qualified and it looked like a really cool experience,” Schneider said. Executive Race Director, David LaPorte is eager to see these riders and their teammates compete in Minnesota and Wisconsin together this summer. “Even though the riders and coaches are complete strangers at the start of the pre-race camp, by the last stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, they’ve become lifelong friends,” LaPorte said.  “It’s also very rewarding to give talented riders a shot at going pro.”

About the Pro Chase

The Nature Valley Pro Chase selects the top amateur man and woman at six races around the country to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 15th annual edition of the most prestigious event on the 2013 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.
Rider invitations will be issued following each of the six stops on the Nature Valley Pro Chase national tour: Tour de Murrieta (March 9-11) near San Diego; Independence Valley Road Race (March 30) near Seattle; Jefferson Cup (April 7) near Charlottesville, Va.; Tour de Moore (April 27) near Raleigh, N.C.; Sterling Road Race (May 11) near Boston, MA; Michigan Stage Race (May 17-19) near Grand Rapids, MI.

About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is an 11-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is the most prestigious event on the USA Cycling Calendar, attracting top American racing teams and nearly 300 top riders from around the world. Races are free and open to the public. Proceeds from the Nature Valley Grand Prix are donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, a pediatric hospice project. For a detailed schedule visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com.

2013 Nature Valley Pro Chase Qualifier Races Selected

February 21, 2013

Who’s Going Pro Next?

The Nature Valley Pro Chase, the only race series in the United States offering amateur cyclists trips to the Nature Valley Grand Prix where they will compete against the country’s top men and women professionals, adds new cities for 2013.

The “Nature Valley Pro Chase” will select the top amateur man and woman at six races to become part of a pair of composite Nature Valley Cycling Teams for the 15th annual edition of the premier stage race on the 2013 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.  The qualifying racers all share a common goal:  Earn a pro contract.

Three of the 2012 Nature Valley Pro Chase qualifying racers earned pro contracts following their performance in the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

Riders earning pro contracts for 2013:

  • Lindsay Bayer, Reston, VA:  Colavita/fine Cooking
  • Connor McCutcheon, Bend, OR:  Get Crackin’
  • Brianna Walle, Beaverton, OR:  Optum Pro Cycling

“I always enjoy watching the Nature Valley Cycling Team gel as a team.  Even though the riders and coaches are complete strangers at the start of the pre-race camp, by the last stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, they’ve become lifelong friends,” Nature Valley Grand Prix Executive Director David LaPorte said. “It’s also very rewarding to give talented riders a shot at going pro.  The Nature Valley Pro Chase program, and the coaching that they get when they’re here, have played major roles in the careers of quite a number of riders who have professional contracts today.”

Rider invitations will be issued following each of the six stops on the Nature Valley Pro Chase national tour: Tour de Murrieta (March 8-10) near San Diego; Independence Valley Road Race (March 30) near Seattle WA.; Jefferson Cup (April 7) near Charlottesville, VA.; Tour de Moore (April 27) near Raleigh, N.C.; Sterling Road Race (May 11) near Boston MA.; Western Michigan Stage Race (May 17-19).

In this year’s race series, the Independence Valley Road Race, Sterling Road Race and Western Michigan Stage Race were added to the lineup while the Tour de Murrieta, Jefferson Cup and Tour de Moore are all returners from last year.

Western Michigan Stage Race Director, Brian Bangma is looking forward to seeing his goal of getting this stage race into the Nature Valley Pro Chase come to fruition.

“I considered this a win for the West Michigan Stage Race as well as for racers across the Midwest.  Being a small part of one of the greatest races in the U.S. and knowing that my event will provide someone the opportunity to go head-to-head with the best in the country is truly an honor,” Bangma said.

The West Michigan Stage Race, now entering its third year, includes a time trial, cirterium, road race, and $10,000 prize list. In 2012 racers from all over the country came out for the event, and this year they are expecting an equally impressive turnout of 400.

Nature Valley Pro Chase qualifiers will earn free entries to the Nature Valley Grand Prix, 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. Their entire journey can be followed through blogs and on-line videos on the Nature Valley Pro Chase website, the Nature Valley Grand Prix Facebook page and on Twitter (@NVBikeFest).

Snapshot glances at the six Nature Valley Pro Chase events:

Tour de Murrieta (March 8-10), San Diego, Ca.: Three unique courses comprise a weekend of racing – Friday’s time trial features a 1.2-mile portion of unpaved/dirt road. Saturday’s criterium is run on a lightning-fast, one-mile course in historic Downtown Murrieta, while Sunday’s circuit race is run on a 3.5-mile course (56 miles for men, 46 miles for women).

Independence Valley Road Race (March 30), Seattle, Wa.: New to the Nature Valley Pro Chase calendar, and located midway between Seattle and Portland, this race takes place on a 19-mile loop that features 2 small hills each lap that are sure to sap the legs.

Jefferson Cup (April 7), Charlottesville, Va.: Nearly two dozen editions make this is the oldest continually run road race in the Mid-Atlantic region. The course for the one-day race winds through rolling countryside south of Charlottesville. The race is 70 miles for men and 50 miles for women.

Tour de Moore (April 27), Raleigh, N.C.: The oldest road race in the South (this is the 37th edition) has previously been used as both a Pan American games qualifier and a qualifier for the Quebec Provincial Team. Men will tackle four laps of a 27-mile rolling loop of the Fort Bragg Military Reservation (112 miles) while women do two laps for a 58-mile race.

Sterling Road Race (May 11), Boston, Ma.: Returning the Nature Valley Pro Chase calendar in it’s 19th year, the Sterling Classic Road Race features an 8-mile loop of rolling terrain with a punchy climb to the start/finish each lap.

West Michigan Stage Race(May 17-19): The other race new to our calendar this year, the West Michigan Stage Race is a three stage race with a 7.5 mile Time Trial, a Criterium, and a Road Race on a rolling 30 mile course.

About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is a ten-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Nature Valley Grand Prix has become the premier professional bike race in the U.S., attracting top American racing teams and nearly 300 top riders from around the world. Races are free and open to the public. It is the only professional sporting event in Minnesota for which no admission ticket is required. Proceeds from the Nature Valley Grand Prix are donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, a pediatric hospice project. For a detailed schedule of events visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.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.

Final Results for the Nature Valley Cycling Team

June 18, 2012

Here are the final results for the Nature Valley Cycling Team.

A huge congrats to Brianna Walle for winning the Nature Valley Top Cat 2 Jersey!!!

14. Lindsay Bayer     3’21″
17. Brianna Walle     4’42″
29. Erin Burton       15’13″
36. Briana Clark      17’12″
47. Joy Mcculloch     24’45″
62. Catherine Johnson 1.06’04″
Trina Jacobson did not finish in Menomonie

24. Connor McCutcheon 3’38″
57. Tyler Brandt      30’57″
65. Tony Olson        40’19″
80. James Stangeland  51’59″
Pete Custer and Evan Fader did not finish in Menomonie

 

The Store So Far

June 16, 2012

With one day to go here are the standings for the Nature Valley Cycling Team

Women:
15. Lindsay Bayer 1’49″
19. Brianna Walle 2’07″ (Leading the Nature Valley Top Amateur)
26. Briana Clark 4’11″
34. Erin BUrton 5’09″
51. Joy McCulloch 10’29″
68. Catherine Johnson 51’48″
and unfortunately Trina Jacobson did not finish today

Men:
29. Connor McCutcheon 2’07″
79. Tony Olson 24’48″
83. James Stangeland 28’13″
89. Tyler Brandt 29’34″
and unfortunately we Pete Custer and Evan Fader also did not finish today