With some strong additions to the squad, the GrandStay cycling team is excited to get the show on the road. The team gathers for a spring training camp in Mankato, MN from March 22-25 and will be staying at, where else, the Mankato GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel. Thanks to the Mankato GrandStay management for making a home base available to the team right in the middle of some of the best riding roads in the region. For a look at the team’s 2007 racing schedule, see below.

GrandStay Road Race Schedule
**All races in bold hosted by the GrandStay Cycling Team**

4/14. Oxbow Classic Road Race. Rochester, MN
4/17. Opus Criterium Series begins. Minnetonka, MN
4/21. Durand Road Race. Durand, WI
4/28. Ken Woods Memorial Road Race, Sogn Valley, MN

5/2. Black Dog Time Trial Series begins. Burnsville, MN
5/5. Gluek Road Race. Marty, MN
5/6. Charity Time Trial. Burnsville, MN
5/12. Bike Club Time Trial Challenge. Withrow, MN
5/13. Excelsior Criterium. Excelsior, MN
5/26. Lake Superior Time Trial. Duluth, MN
5/27. South Shore Classic Road Race. South Shore, WI
5/28. Cloquet Criterium. Cloquet, MN

6/2. State Time Trial Championships. Saint Peter, MN
6/3. State Criterium Championships. State Capitol Grounds, Saint Paul, MN
6/10. Hutchinson Criterium. Hutchinson, MN
6/12. Summit Criterium Series begins. Rosemount, MN
6/20-24. Nature Valley Grand Prix Stage Race. Twin Cities area
6/20. Saint Paul Time Trial. Saint Paul, MN
6/23. Mankato Criterium. Mankato, MN
6/24. Stillwater Criterium. Stillwater, MN

7/4. Northfield Criterium. Northfield, MN
7/5-10. Masters Road Nationals. Champion, PA
7/8. Hopkins Criterium. Hopkins, MN
7/10. Hollywood Circuit Race Series begins. Rosemount, MN
7/11-16. Elite Road Nationals. Champion, PA
7/14-29. SuperWeek Racing Series. WI and IL
7/15. Hamel Time Trial. Hamel, MN
7/21. Saint Cloud Omnium–Time Trial and Road Race. Saint Cloud, MN
7/22. GrandStay Criterium. Saint Cloud, MN

8/4. Firehouse 50 Time Trial. Grandview, WI
8/5. Campus Criterium. Minneapolis, MN
8/11. Birchwood Road Race. TBD
8/12. Town Hall Team Time Trial. Stillwater, MN
8/25. State Road Race Championships. Avon, MN

9/8. Henderson Time Trial. Henderson, MN

For further details go to www.mcf.net where you can view the Minnesota road racing calendar.

GrandStay Hotels racer Dan Swanson overcame mechanical difficulties to place 4th in the Hudson Riverfront CX race. The course was technically demanding and muddy–right up Swanson’s alley.


GrandStay Hotels racers Dan and Doug Swanson jumped to an immediate lead in the Orono CX race and stayed there, working together for a convincing 1-2 finish, with Dan getting the win when brother Doug insisted youth before beauty. Due to race time rain, the course was a mud bath. Difficult conditions seemed to bring out the best in GrandStay’s riders. Micah Moran, Daniel Casper and Matt Williams managed 5th, 6th and 7th respectively, giving the team 5 of the top 7 places.

Against a large, impressive field, GrandStay Hotels racers Matt Williams and Micah Moran rode well, staying in contention for the podium all race and finishing 4th and 6th respectively.