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Women's Annual Cycling Summit 2008 - Updated
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Date: 6/2/2008
Women's Annual Cycling Summit 2008 - Updated

Women's Annual Cycling Summit
Annual Summit June 10: Keynote speaker USA Cycling's endurance coach Jim Miller. Ryan Collegiate All-Stars team announed for Nature Valley Grand Prix.

Rasmussen College Women’s Cycling Summit
Agenda Announced

Annual conference on women’s cycling includes the introduction of the Ryan Collegiate All-Star and Nature Valley teams to compete in the Nature Valley Grand Prix

On Tuesday, June 10, cyclists from across the country will gather at the Rasmussen College Women’s Cycling Summit from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the I-35W Holiday Inn in Bloomington to continue charting the future of women’s cycling. Part of the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival, the Summit is an opportunity for women to celebrate women’s cycling, learn about the latest initiatives in their sport and discuss issues of common concern.

The conference will begin with two team presentations. The Nature Valley Women’s Cycling Team will have been selected for the Nature Valley Grand Prix using qualifier races in California, Missouri and Pennsylvania, a first-of-its-kind program titled the Nature Valley Pro Ride.

The Ryan Collegiate All-Stars, a women’s team selected for the Nature Valley Grand Prix at the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships, is in its second year and this team will also be introduced.

Presentations and panel discussions at the 2008 Rasmussen College Women’s Cycling Summit include:

• Keynote address: The U.S. National Team program and the prospects for U.S. women at the Beijing Olympics. Jim Miller, head of endurance programs for USA Cycling.

• How riders move up each rung of the ladder, from local racing to the pro ranks. Panelists will include two leaders in the Minnesota women’s cycling community: Paula Plant, Verve Cycling and coordinator of the entry-level Midwest Women’s Cycling Made Real, and Paula Bohte, Minneapolis Bicycle Racing Club. They will be joined by Paul Forsythe, director of the nationally based Team Kenda Tire development program, and Nicola Cranmer, director of Proman Cycling, a professional team that includes both road and track cyclists. The panel will be moderated by USA Cycling’s Jim Miller.

• How teams can return value to their sponsors throughout the season. Panelists will include Dan Stangler, Wheaties brand manager; Stephanie Scott, events marketing manager from the Jelly Belly Candy Company; Ron Kadera, owner of County Cycles; and Katie Mattis, an account manager at RPM Connect, a national marketing agency based in Minneapolis with many major brands on its client list. Panel will be moderated by Valory Gilpin, marketing director for Rasmussen College.

A special feature of the 2008 Rasmussen College Women’s Cycling Summit is the invitation of area women racers who participated in a local criterium race earlier that evening. Following the State Fairgrounds Criterium, which will run from 5:15 – 5:55 PM, amateur racers will board the Freewheel Bike Party Bus and shuttle to the Summit.

The conference is free and open to the public. The Summit takes place from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the I-35 W Holiday Inn in Bloomington, Minn.

Note: Events ands schedules are subject to change.

Ryan Collegiate Women’s All-Stars Team Announced
Nation’s Top Women’s Collegiate Cycling Team Formed to Race in
Minnesota’s Nature Valley Grand Prix

The organizers of the Nature Valley Grand Prix have announced the selection of the second annual Ryan Collegiate Women’s All-Stars team, a composite team of women collegiate cyclists who will compete in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, June 11-15, 2008 as part of the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival.

The team was selected at the 2008 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, May 9-11, in Fort Collins, Colo. Selection was based on the final overall standings (omnium). The Ryan Collegiate All-Stars Team is composed of six riders, each from a different collegiate team, who are not members of teams already attending the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

Riders selected to the 2008
Ryan Collegiate All-Stars team include:

Chloe Forsman, University of Arizona
Devon Haskell, University of Chicago
Anna McLoon, Harvard University
Amanda Miller, Colorado State University
Jen Stebbins, Dartmouth College
Carla Swart, Lees-McRae College

“Each rider will race in her own collegiate club jersey presenting an opportunity for college and university clubs to gain excellent exposure,” said John Barron, Ryan All-Stars Team Manager. “It will also be a stellar opportunity for these gifted collegiate racers to gain experience and respect on a national level and for fans to cheer on their alma maters at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June.”

“Nature Valley is one of the biggest and most competitive races in America for women’s cycling. All the big pro teams are there. This [was] my first year bike racing so it was a pretty cool experience to be racing with the best”, returning Ryan Team member Devon Haskell told the University of Chicago Maroon after last year’s Nature Valley Grand Prix. “This [was] the first year that they put a collegiate all-star team together, and I think nobody really knew what to expect,” said Haskell. “I think we came out of the event feeling like the team was a success.”

“The Ryan Collegiate All Stars is a great way to build awareness of collegiate cycling and to help talented women move up the ladder in the sport”, said newly-elected USA Cycling board president Mark Abramson, who also serves on the board of the National Collegiate Cycling Association. “This program was created and driven by the Nature Valley Grand Prix and The Ryan Companies. At USA Cycling, we pride ourselves on being able to recognize and support excellent programs created by our members, so we got behind this one in a heartbeat.”

Three of the six members of the inaugural 2007 Ryan team were signed to pro contracts for the 2008 season: Penn State’s Erica Allar with Aarons Pro Cycling, Fort Lewis College’s Kristin McGrath with Colavita Cooking Light, and Lehigh University’s Andrea Luebbe with Verducci Breakaway Racing.

Along with the honor of selection to the team, each all-star cyclist receives free entry into the 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix plus a generous travel stipend, host housing, a support staff comprised of a team manager, mechanic and soigneur, an operating budget and team clothing.

The team will be introduced together for the first time at the Rasmussen College Women’s Cycling Summit on Tuesday, June 10 at the I-35W Holiday Inn in Bloomington. The Rasmussen College Women’s Cycling Summit begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Nature Valley Grand Prix, a five-day, six-stage race, begins on June 11 in St. Paul and continues June 12 in Cannon Falls, June 13 in both St. Paul (time trial) and Minneapolis, June 14 in Mankato, and June 15 in Stillwater.

About Ryan Companies US, Inc
Ryan Companies US Inc., a nationally recognized developer, design-builder and real estate manager, has specialized in fully integrated solutions for more than 70 years. In addition to its Minneapolis office, Ryan has offices in Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, Iowa. Ryan was named the 2007 National Developer of the Year by the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP).

About the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival and Nature Valley Grand Prix
The Great River Energy Bicycle Festival, now in its 10th year, is one of the nation’s top celebrations of the bicycle culture, with tens of thousands of cycling enthusiasts, pro athletes and avid recreational riders converging in Minnesota each June. The MN Fixed Gear Classic held at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, Minn., is a prelude to the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival. The Festival’s professional road racing event, the Nature Valley Grand Prix, began as a one-day criterium in Saint Paul in 1999. Ranked as the premier stage race on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, the 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix schedule includes stops in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Mankato, and Stillwater. The Great River Energy Bicycle Festival is a volunteer-run event, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the festival’s benefiting charity. For more information, visit:

About Rasmussen College: Rasmussen College, founded in 1900, is an institution of higher learning dedicated the growth and development of students, employees and the communities it serves. Rasmussen is a premier provider of educational experiences serving more than 7,500 students through its network of 15 Rasmussen College campuses in the Midwest and Southeast and 12 virtual campuses operated by its Deltak Edu division. Through these 27 campuses, Rasmussen offers students a broad range of quality programs ranging from certificates to Masters focused on the areas with the greatest occupation opportunities. To learn more about Rasmussen College, please visit

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