How often is it that women and men get a free ride to test their skills in a pro race against riders they’ve often read about but maybe not yet raced against? I’ve never heard of it happening here in Europe, and leave it to US race organizers of the Nature Valley Grand Prix to dynamize the peloton and give an opportunity to racers who dream of making it big.
The organizers have setup a program called the “Pro Ride”, where results from select races around the country give amateurs a chance to earn their way onto the Nature Valley Cycling Team alongside the professional teams in the Nature Valley Grand Prix.
My role in this will be as director sportif of the Pro Ride men’s team. I’ll be directing what looks so far to be a group of very determined and strong men of varying ages, but certainly all the same grit, drive, and determination. Honestly, all of this couldn’t come at a better time as I haven’t been on ‘the US scene’ for years, and I get to discover new stomping grounds as well! I’ve never been to the cities that Nature Valley will be racing in which is another bonus! So, USA here I come - I can’t wait!!!
Thanks for reading,