Did you know that the Twin Cities is home to a Professional Cycling Team? It’s true, Kelly Benefit Strategies Optum Health Pro Cycling is based in Golden Valley, just outside of North Minneapolis. On Tuesday, Optum Health hosted a kick-off party for the team and let us people, who drool over nice bikes a sneak peek at what we will be seeing the rest of the week at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. An event mostly for employees at the Optum Health headquarters, gave us an up close look at what it takes to support a professional cycling team, in short, a whole lot of bikes!
The riders on hand for the event seemed pretty laid back and are no doubt preparing for the start of the five-day stage race set to kick off tomorrow morning with time trials in Saint Paul. One member of the team is even a local, Colton Barrett, of North Saint Paul.
Hopefully the rain will finish up before all of the racing starts this evening, be sure to check out the schedule of events:
4:00 PM – Expo opens
6:15 PM – Women’s Pro/Elite Race: 28 laps
7:15 PM – Shimano Kids Fun Race
7:45 PM – Men’s Pro/Elite Race: 40 laps
9:00 PM – Expo closes