Nature Valley Grand Prix Route Announced

Grand Prix 2011

It is still January right?  We have already had a busy week of Cycling news for the Twin Cities this but the organizers of the Nature Valley Grand Prix decided to join in last night.  They have announced the route for the 2011 Nature Valley Grand Prix over at VeloNews.

This is the closest to full-blown pro racing here in the Cities and I can’t wait.  This is generally paired with lots of other events as part of the larger Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, which last year included the Fixed Gear Classic, and events for kids.  If we want to keep this event coming back every year, it needs to be well attended, so mark your calendars now!

From VeloNews:

Organizers of Minnesota’s Nature Valley Bicycle Festival have announced details of the stages of the festival’s stage race, the Nature Valley Grand Prix, June 15 to 19.

The organizers also announced that the festival’s track event, the Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic, will be held once again. The track races are being held June 10-12 at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, Minnesota.

Stage details

June 16, stage 1 and 2: The National Racing Calendar stage race opens in Saint Paul with both a 6.1-mile morning time trial near Harriet Island Regional Park and an evening criterium  held downtown, a block from the Mississippi River. Women race 28 laps and men race 40.

June 17, stage 3: On Thursday, the race moves south to Cannon Falls for  road race showcasing the wide open spaces of Minnesota’s heartland and ending with a finish circuit in downtown Cannon Falls. Men and women each race 65 miles, including four finish circuits.

June 18, stage 4: Friday features the evening criterium held in Uptown Minneapolis, a new edition to the race last year. Women do 30 laps and men do 40 laps on the short, hilly course.

June 19, stage 5: The fifth stage brought the NVGP outside Minnesota for the first time in its history last year. A hilly road race will finish with four circuits in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Men race 95 miles and women race 76 miles.

June 20, stage 6: The final stage, the Stillwater Criterium, features a tough climb and descent of Chilkoot Hill every lap. Women do 13 laps and men do 20.

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