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Nature Valley Grand Prix adds pro opportunity for amateurs

Riders Get Chance to Earn A Spot on The Nature Valley Cycling Team and Compete in The 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix

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Riders Get Chance to Earn A Spot on The Nature Valley Cycling Team and Compete in The 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix

A newly announced program, the Nature Valley Pro Ride, will give amateur riders across North America the chance to earn their way onto the Nature Valley Cycling Team to compete in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the top race on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The Nature Valley Grand Prix, which begins June 11 in St. Paul, Minn., is the only race among the USA Grand Tours to admit amateurs and serves as an amateur’s chance to have a full professional racing experience.

Three regional qualifiers have been selected from among the top amateur events across the United States:

East Coast: Tour of Ephrata, Lancaster, Pa, April 26 – 27
West Coast: Wente Vineyards Road Race, Livermore, Calif., April 26
Midwest: Tour of Winghaven, O’Fallon, Mo., June 8

Each qualifying race will select two men and two women who will travel to Minnesota to race as part of the Nature Valley Cycling Team at the Nature Valley Grand Prix on June 11 – 15. Each rider will receive a travel stipend, free entry, housing accommodations, and full team support. They will make public appearances, get pre-race introductions, participate in autograph sessions, and race in front of crowds in excess of 50,000 during this five-day stage race that is part of the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival. This program provides riders with a full professional experience and is only available to the Nature Valley Pro Ride winners.

At the Nature Valley Grand Prix, Category 1 men and Category 2 women will be pursuing the coveted Nature Valley Top Amateur jersey. This special competition recognizes the accomplishments of “everyday athletes” as they compete against many of the best cyclists in the country, including international riders, and Olympic and World Champions. This is also a unique opportunity for amateurs to showcase their talents in front of the professional team managers. Since the program was started in 2004, every Top Amateur winner at the Nature Valley Grand Prix has received a pro team contract the following season.

Visit www.NatureValleyProRide.com for more information.