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Nature Valley Grand Prix

8th - 12th June 2005 

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By Rick Fuentes

Gina Grain is absolutely, swear-on-a-stack-of-bibles-on-her-mother’s-grave certain. She got hit by lightning.

“Ok, you can never be sure,” the Victory Brewing rider said laughing, "but this, big, huge thing of lightning came down and my fingers on my right hand were on the shifters – the metal part – and then I felt this buzzing all the way up to my elbow.”

Whether it struck her or not, it was enough to put a scare into race officials, who stopped the race 60 miles in for about 20 minutes. Riders were told to take shelter, and most went to a nearby farmer’s barn.

“It was a first-time experience for me,” Grain said. “I never could have imagined having a coffee break in a barn during a race. It was the safest thing to do, a good call on the officials.”

Once the storms passed and racing resumed, it was Quark Cycling Team’s Tina Pic who provided the sparks as she had done most of the day, taking the win in 4 hours, 42 minutes ahead of T-Mobile’s Kori Seehafer and Annette Beutler, also of Quark. With bonus time on the win and two of the sprint primes she took on the day, Pic moved into second overall, 26 seconds behind leader Christine Thorburn who finished in the pack in fifth place.

Racing started as soon as mile 21. Pic and Monex’s Lynn Gaggioli went 1-2 in the first couple of sprints, then Grain took a flyer off the front. Webcor set tempo and covered all the attacks.

“It was a pretty aggressive race,” Thorburn said. “My team did a good job. Erinne (Willock) was a superstar.”

“Grace (Fleury) from Quark was off,” Willock said. “She was motoring. We had to catch her, and then Christine was off with her.”   

“Webcor was chasing everybody from one side of the road because of the wind,” Pic said, "so you ended up being in the gutter all the time.”

The group hit a gravel road and that stretched out the entire peloton. Teams tried to take the front ahead of skittish riders, but the rain delay reunited the group. After the delay, Quark’s Fleury and Webcor’s Cat Malone got 53 seconds on the group, but they were reeled in as the group entered the Red Wing finishing circuit.

“We were trying to save ourselves for the finishing circuit,” Seehafer said. “We were in the threat of losing podium places because Quark had time bonuses. I instigated a break on lap two, bringing four riders with me. Then me and Erinne Willock were working.”

“Laura (Van Gilder) and I were so close in the standings,” Pic said. “We wanted to get one of us the win. It was nice to get on when T-Mobile took the front.”

Seehafer drove the breakaway group for three laps trying to pop the sprinters. She ended up towing Pic, Beutler, Gaggioli, and Thorburn, and that’s how they finished. Pic won the stage and 25 seconds in time bonuses. Seehafer scored second place and 11 seconds.

Along with leading Pic, Thorburn is ahead of Seehafer by 34 seconds back, with Baldwin 44 seconds behind. Beutler still holds the best climber’s jersey. Pic has a 16-point lead in the Freewheel Bike points competition, and Willock has regained the best young rider’s jersey.

“It was a hard, tough race,” Victory’s Grain said. “It’s a lot different with the hills this year. It’s good hard training. And this year because of the course changes, it’s not so much of a race just for the sprinters.”

Racers will have to recuperate quickly. The last stage in the hilly, tourist town of Stillwater, Minn., is the last chance to gain any time on Thorburn, but riders will have to fight the fatigue of climbing Stillwater’s Chilakoot Hill. The grade is 20 percent, and the winding course makes it easy for the group to lose sight of a breakaway.

 

Results - Day 4 

Position

 Rider

Team

Time Gap Bonuses Penalty
1.   Tina Pic Quark Cycling Team 4.42'40"      25"     
2.   Kori Seehafer T-Mobile 4.42'40"      11"     
3.   Annette Beutler Quark Cycling Team 4.42'40"      6"     
4.   Lynn Gaggioli Monex 4.42'40"      9"   20"  
5.   Christine Thorburn Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 4.42'40"           
6.   Patricia Schwager TDS-Schwalbe 4.42'40"           
7.   Kim Anderson Colavita/Cooking Light 4.42'40"           
8.   Kimberly Baldwin T-Mobile 4.42'40"           
9.   Erinne Willock Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 4.42'40"           
10.   Teresa Moriarty Flanders/MBRC 4.43'39"   59"        
11.   Laura Van Gilder Quark Cycling Team 4.43'55"   1'15"   1"     
12.   Kathleen Billington Diet Cheerwine 4.43'55"   1'15"        
13.   Amy Moore Victory Brewing Cycling Team 4.43'55"   1'15"        
14.   Kelly Benjamin The Bicycle Store 4.43'55"   1'15"        
15.   Audrey Lemieux Quark Cycling Team 4.43'55"   1'15"        
16.   Kristen LaSasso Team Lipton 4.43'55"   1'15"        
17.   Catherine Walberg Team Kenda Tire 4.43'55"   1'15"        
18.   Catherine Powers TDS-Schwalbe 4.43'55"   1'15"        
19.   Amber Rais Palo Alto Bicycles Women 4.43'55"   1'15"        
20.   Megan Elliott Bianchi/Grand Performance 4.43'55"   1'15"        
21.   Helen Kelly Quark Cycling Team 4.43'55"   1'15"        
22.   Shelia Orem Team Kenda Tire 4.43'55"   1'15"        
23.   Alisha Lion Ford-Basis 4.43'55"   1'15"        
24.   Kate Sherwin Victory Brewing Cycling Team 4.43'55"   1'15"        
25.   Lisa Vetterlein Team Kenda Tire 4.43'55"   1'15"        
26.   Chrissy Ruiter Ford-Basis 4.43'55"   1'15"        
27.   Brooke Ourada T-Mobile 4.43'55"   1'15"        
28.   Ina Yoko Teutenberg T-Mobile 4.43'55"   1'15"        
29.   Katheryn Curi Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 4.43'55"   1'15"        
30.   Nicole Freedman Ford-Basis 4.44'48"   2'08"        
31.   Katie Mactier T-Mobile 4.44'58"   2'18"        
32.   Lara Kroepsch T-Mobile 4.44'58"   2'18"   5"     
33.   Sarah Uhl Quark Cycling Team 4.44'58"   2'18"        
34.   Kele Hulser Ford-Basis 4.45'25"   2'45"        
35.   Katherine Carroll Ford-Basis 4.45'54"   3'14"        
36.   Stephanie Bourbeau Team Biovail 4.47'24"   4'44"        
37.   Teresa Holmgren Saturn of Toledo 4.47'24"   4'44"        
38.   Gina Grain Victory Brewing Cycling Team 4.47'24"   4'44"        
39.   Liza Rachetto Team Lipton 4.47'24"   4'44"        
40.   Felicia Greer Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 4.47'24"   4'44"        
41.   Jennifer Stephenson Team Biovail 4.47'24"   4'44"        
42.   Hiroko Shimada Velo Bella 4.47'24"   4'44"        
43.   Stefanie Graeter Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 4.47'24"   4'44"        
44.   Magen Long The Bicycle Store 4.47'24"   4'44"        
45.   Pam Hinton Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 4.47'24"   4'44"        
46.   Zoe Owers Team Lipton 4.47'24"   4'44"        
47.   Jane Ziegler Velo Bella 4.47'24"   4'44"        
48.   Rebecca Much T-Mobile 4.47'24"   4'44"        
49.   Erin Mirabella Bicycle John's Serious Cycling 4.47'24"   4'44"        
50.   Christina Peick Colavita/Cooking Light 4.47'24"   4'44"        
51.   Nichole Wangsgard Subway 4.47'24"   4'44"        
52.   Karen Dodge Heartstrings/Ogden One 4.47'24"   4'44"        
53.   Moriah MacGregor Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 4.48'32"   5'52"        
54.   Cat Malone Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 4.48'41"   6'01"        
55.   Megan Hottman High Gear 4.48'53"   6'13"        
56.   Starr FALK LGBRC/Easton/Specialized 4.48'53"   6'13"        
57.   Allison Beall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 4.48'53"   6'13"        
58.   Rochelle Gilmore Victory Brewing Cycling Team 4.48'53"   6'13"   1"     
59.   Anna Milkowski Team Lipton 4.49'57"   7'17"        
60.   Shawn Heidgen TDS-Schwalbe 4.49'57"   7'17"        
61.   Katherine Lambden Team Lipton 4.49'57"   7'17"        
62.   Jennifer Purcell Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 4.50'29"   7'49"        
63.   Mindi Martin Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 4.50'58"   8'18"        
64.   Melissa Sanborn Subway 4.51'02"   8'22"        
65.   Sherri Stedje The Bicycle Store 4.51'13"   8'33"        
66.   Meredith Miller Victory Brewing Cycling Team 4.51'23"   8'43"        
67.   Tamyra Barnard Team Terry 4.51'39"   8'59"        
68.   Michelle Beltran Colavita/Cooking Light 4.52'35"   9'55"        
69.   May Britt Hartwell Diet Cheerwine 4.52'35"   9'55"        
70.   Tara Ross Diet Cheerwine 4.53'47"   11'07"        
71.   Grace Fleury Quark Cycling Team 4.54'28"   11'48"        
72.   Candice Blickem Quark Cycling Team 4.54'28"   11'48"        
73.   Paula Plant! Birchwood/GIS 4.54'37"   11'57"        
74.   Allison Carter Team Kenda Tire 4.54'37"   11'57"        
75.   Elisa Gagnon Team Lipton 4.58'55"   16'15"        
76.   Laura Downey Americas Dairyland 4.59'19"   16'39"        
77.   Megan Esmonde Colavita/Cooking Light 4.59'25"   16'45"        
78.   Jennifer Reither Colavita/Cooking Light 5.02'24"   19'44"        
79.   Kirsten Robbins Victory Brewing Cycling Team 5.30'40"   48'00"        
80.   Julie Belanger Diet Cheerwine 5.30'40"   48'00"        
81.   Mary Downing Team Kenda Tire 5.30'40"   48'00"        
82.   Trudy van der Straaten Team Kenda Tire 5.30'40"   48'00"        
83.   Tia Bartos Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 5.30'40"   48'00"        
84.   Laurel Green Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 5.30'40"   48'00"        
85.   Mindy Ziffren-Hall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 5.30'40"   48'00"        
86.   Patricia Palme Americas Dairyland 5.30'40"   48'00"        
87.   Ellen Hall Team Terry 5.30'40"   48'00"        

Riders dropping out
   Rhonda Stickle Diet Cheerwine            
   Julie Tatar Americas Dairyland            
   Rachel Eichers Americas Dairyland            
   Melissa Cover Team Terry            
   Alexandra Kendall Sports Garage/Titus            
   SyRae Weikle Sports Garage/Titus            

 

 

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General Classification

 

Position Rider Team Time Gap
1.   Christine Thorburn Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 9.17'32"     
2.   Tina Pic Quark Cycling Team 9.17'58"   26"  
3.   Kori Seehafer T-Mobile 9.18'06"   34"  
4.   Kimberly Baldwin T-Mobile 9.18'16"   44"  
5.   Annette Beutler Quark Cycling Team 9.18'36"   1'04"  
6.   Lynn Gaggioli Monex 9.18'45"   1'13"  
7.   Laura Van Gilder Quark Cycling Team 9.19'23"   1'51"  
8.   Chrissy Ruiter Ford-Basis 9.19'51"   2'19"  
9.   Erinne Willock Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 9.20'07"   2'35"  
10.   Helen Kelly Quark Cycling Team 9.20'07"   2'35"  
11.   Kim Anderson Colavita/Cooking Light 9.20'17"   2'45"  
12.   Audrey Lemieux Quark Cycling Team 9.20'18"   2'46"  
13.   Alisha Lion Ford-Basis 9.20'19"   2'47"  
14.   Amy Moore Victory Brewing Cycling Team 9.20'32"   3'00"  
15.   Brooke Ourada T-Mobile 9.20'47"   3'15"  
16.   Kristen LaSasso Team Lipton 9.20'49"   3'17"  
17.   Teresa Moriarty Flanders/MBRC 9.20'49"   3'17"  
18.   Nicole Freedman Ford-Basis 9.20'49"   3'17"  
19.   Kathleen Billington Diet Cheerwine 9.20'50"   3'18"  
20.   Amber Rais Palo Alto Bicycles Women 9.20'55"   3'23"  
21.   Katheryn Curi Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 9.21'18"   3'46"  
22.   Kelly Benjamin The Bicycle Store 9.22'03"   4'31"  
23.   Catherine Powers TDS-Schwalbe 9.22'18"   4'46"  
24.   Patricia Schwager TDS-Schwalbe 9.22'26"   4'54"  
25.   Shelia Orem Team Kenda Tire 9.22'36"   5'04"  
26.   Catherine Walberg Team Kenda Tire 9.23'21"   5'49"  
27.   Kele Hulser Ford-Basis 9.23'36"   6'04"  
28.   Katherine Carroll Ford-Basis 9.23'37"   6'05"  
29.   Lara Kroepsch T-Mobile 9.23'37"   6'05"  
30.   Sarah Uhl Quark Cycling Team 9.23'40"   6'08"  
31.   Erin Mirabella Bicycle John's Serious Cycling 9.23'57"   6'25"  
32.   Liza Rachetto Team Lipton 9.24'02"   6'30"  
33.   Magen Long The Bicycle Store 9.24'11"   6'39"  
34.   Kate Sherwin Victory Brewing Cycling Team 9.24'13"   6'41"  
35.   Megan Elliott Bianchi/Grand Performance 9.24'14"   6'42"  
36.   Katie Mactier T-Mobile 9.24'30"   6'58"  
37.   Rebecca Much T-Mobile 9.24'32"   7'00"  
38.   Zoe Owers Team Lipton 9.24'37"   7'05"  
39.   Felicia Greer Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 9.25'45"   8'13"  
40.   Karen Dodge Heartstrings/Ogden One 9.25'57"   8'25"  
41.   Stephanie Bourbeau Team Biovail 9.26'08"   8'36"  
42.   Teresa Holmgren Saturn of Toledo 9.26'22"   8'50"  
43.   Christina Peick Colavita/Cooking Light 9.26'39"   9'07"  
44.   Gina Grain Victory Brewing Cycling Team 9.27'36"   10'04"  
45.   Moriah MacGregor Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 9.27'39"   10'07"  
46.   Starr FALK LGBRC/Easton/Specialized 9.27'48"   10'16"  
47.   Meredith Miller Victory Brewing Cycling Team 9.28'09"   10'37"  
48.   Stefanie Graeter Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 9.28'23"   10'51"  
49.   Rochelle Gilmore Victory Brewing Cycling Team 9.29'04"   11'32"  
50.   Michelle Beltran Colavita/Cooking Light 9.29'16"   11'44"  
51.   Hiroko Shimada Velo Bella 9.29'35"   12'03"  
52.   Katherine Lambden Team Lipton 9.29'37"   12'05"  
53.   Sherri Stedje The Bicycle Store 9.29'49"   12'17"  
54.   Anna Milkowski Team Lipton 9.30'03"   12'31"  
55.   Shawn Heidgen TDS-Schwalbe 9.30'14"   12'42"  
56.   Grace Fleury Quark Cycling Team 9.30'20"   12'48"  
57.   Allison Beall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 9.30'41"   13'09"  
58.   Mindi Martin Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 9.31'00"   13'28"  
59.   Lisa Vetterlein Team Kenda Tire 9.31'02"   13'30"  
60.   Tara Ross Diet Cheerwine 9.32'34"   15'02"  
61.   Ina Yoko Teutenberg T-Mobile 9.32'43"   15'11"  
62.   Nichole Wangsgard Subway 9.32'51"   15'19"  
63.   Jane Ziegler Velo Bella 9.33'03"   15'31"  
64.   Melissa Sanborn Subway 9.33'10"   15'38"  
65.   Cat Malone Webcor Builder's Women's Cycling Team 9.33'26"   15'54"  
66.   Candice Blickem Quark Cycling Team 9.34'25"   16'53"  
67.   Tamyra Barnard Team Terry 9.34'48"   17'16"  
68.   Megan Hottman High Gear 9.35'08"   17'36"  
69.   Elisa Gagnon Team Lipton 9.38'00"   20'28"  
70.   Jennifer Purcell Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 9.40'06"   22'34"  
71.   Megan Esmonde Colavita/Cooking Light 9.40'42"   23'10"  
72.   Paula Plant Birchwood/GIS 9.42'34"   25'02"  
73.   Laura Downey Americas Dairyland 9.43'47"   26'15"  
74.   May Britt Hartwell Diet Cheerwine 9.44'43"   27'11"  
75.   Jennifer Reither Colavita/Cooking Light 9.44'57"   27'25"  
76.   Jennifer Stephenson Team Biovail 9.46'42"   29'10"  
77.   Pam Hinton Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 9.48'13"   30'41"  
78.   Allison Carter Team Kenda Tire 9.56'52"   39'20"  
79.   Julie Belanger Diet Cheerwine 10.09'55"   52'23"  
80.   Kirsten Robbins Victory Brewing Cycling Team 10.12'38"   55'06"  
81.   Mary Downing Team Kenda Tire 10.14'50"   57'18"  
82.   Tia Bartos Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 10.15'31"   57'59"  
83.   Mindy Ziffren-Hall Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 10.16'54"   59'22"  
84.   Laurel Green Velo Girls Pro Cycling Team 10.31'32"   1.14'00"  
85.   Ellen Hall Team Terry 10.35'11"   1.17'39"  
86.   Trudy van der Straaten Team Kenda Tire 10.35'12"   1.17'40"  
87.   Patricia Palmer Americas Dairyland 10.36'44"   1.19'12"  

 

 

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