On February 1st, the Stillwater City Council gave organizers the go ahead and the Nature Valley Grand Prix will return to Stillwater on June 19th. This is a really fun and exciting event and we are so glad to hear that it will be taking place here in Stillwater again this year! Last year, our guests loved cheering on the bicyclists on the challenging short-course located just a few blocks away from the Inn.
Here is what the St. Croix Valley Press has to say about the event:
STILLWATER — Five-day pro cycling event The Nature Valley Grand Prix will return to Stillwater June 19.
The Stillwater City Council gave organizers the green light at its Feb. 1 meeting, pending final review from the Downtown Parking Commission.
The Grand Prix is part of the National Racing Calendar, USA Cycling’s listing of the top professional races in the country. The six-day bike race, held mostly in the Twin Cities and Menomonie, Wis., will conclude with a race in Stillwater, said Lee Stylos of the Stillwater Bicycle Criterium.
The 2011 Stillwater Criterium (a criterium is a short-course bike race often run on closed-off city streets) will include three divisions: pro/elite men, pro/elite women and advanced amateurs. In addition to adult races, organizers have planned a two-blocks-long kids’ race.
“I think it’s a fabulous event for Stillwater and showcases the city in a unique way,” said Mayor Ken Harycki. “We’re just here to work out minor issues like expenditures the city has for the event, and what is fair policy.” Read more…
Learn more about this exciting event on the Nature Valley Bicyle Festival website!