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April 10/09 9:21 am - Applications Open for Nature Valley Grand Prix: Women’s race joins men’s as an invitational

Posted by Editoress on 04/10/09

The Nature Valley Grand Prix women's race is joining the men's as an invitational in 2009.  Both races filled in 2008, with teams being turned away.  The men's race had filled for the past five years, but this was a first for the women.

"The popularity of our women's race has grown steadily", said Nature Valley Grand Prix promoter David LaPorte.  "We're the third of four stops on the Women's Prestige Cycling Series, a program that we coordinate.  We're also the destination event for two national women's programs.  The Women's Collegiate All Stars will be selected at the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships, held May 8 - 10 in Fort Collins, CO.  And the Nature Valley Pro Ride is selecting the men's and women's Nature Valley Cycling Teams at regional events around the county."

"Colavita Sutter Home definitely has been planning to do the Nature Valley Grand Prix, invitation notwithstanding!", said Iona Wynter Parks, the women's team's director.  "I think it is a good idea to invite, it is an event that seems to have no trouble getting entrants/ numbers."

Applications are now open and can be found on the event web site under NVGP > Racer Technical Info.  The application deadline is May 1st and invitations will be issued by May 8.  The Nature Valley Grand Prix will be held June 10 - 14.

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