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The 11th edition of the Minnesota Bicycle Festival and Nature Valley Grand Prix ended today in Stillwater, Minn. Under clear skies (thankfully) and warm temperatures, thousands of spectators lined the now infamous Chilkoot Hill to watch the pro men and women battle in their respective races.

For the women, Kristin Armstrong hung on to a 12-second lead coming into the final stage to win both the final stage and the overall general classification in her last pro race in America.

The men’s race proved to be even closer, with Aussie, Rory Sutherland taken the overall but just a couple seconds in a final lap sprint to beat Tom Zirbel who wore the yellow jersey in all previous stages of the race. Phillip Mamos of Amore e Vita p/b Life Time Fitness-Velo Vie, won the Stillwater Criterium stage – also on the final lap.

Phillip Mamos pumps both fists as he crosses the finish line to win stage 6 of the 2009 Nature Valley Grand Prix. Photo by Steve Pottenger

Phillip Mamos pumps both fists as he crosses the finish line to win stage 6 of the 2009 Nature Valley Grand Prix. Photo by Steve Pottenger

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Jessica Lange may no longer want to live there, but Stillwater, Minnesota has become quite the little town for attractions. A little more than a month ago, I was there managing media relations for the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Last night, I returned to Stillwater for the one, the only…Lumberjack Days.

Story has it that past Lumberjack Day concerts, including one featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, ended up with cars tipped over and many drunk and disorderly arrests by the Stillwater PD.  Perhaps that’s why organizers now book bands like the yuppified BoDeans to headline the evening.

I’m way past my car-tipping-over-seems-like-a-good-idea-because-I’ve-had-too-much-to-drink-days. So the BoDeans seemed just right on a beautiful July night in Stillwater.

In this video, the band schleps its newest CD, “Still,” at a Best Buy store.

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