Alumni Outlook Magazine



On June 19, Menomonie and the UW-Stout campus will be the focal point of a major stage of the Midwest Bicycle Festival’s Nature Valley Grand Prix. All Stout alumni bicyclists are welcome back on campus to view this prestigious bicycle race and join a special Stout Alumni Association ride.

The Nature Valley Grand Prix selected Menomonie for the fourth of its five-stage race. Professional racers, some of whom may compete in the legendary Tour de France, will stream into Menomonie to compete in an 80-mile road race around Dunn County, ending with a criterium around the UW-Stout campus.

Bicycle officials note that this is a premier national race and one used by professionals to prepare for races such as the Tour of California and even the Tour de France. There will be approximately 150 professional men racing on the Dunn County course and about 125 women racing a 60-mile course. All races start and finish in downtown Menomonie.

“This is a golden opportunity for Stout alumni who love bicycling to return to campus for some of the finest bike racing in the country,” noted Dave Williams, Stout’s vice chancellor for advancement and marketing.  “And we’ll host a reception for our alumni and friends at the Louis Smith Tainter House during the Grand Prix and offer a guided ride on scenic Dunn County roads the following morning.  The Nature Valley Grand Prix chose Menomonie and Dunn County because we have some of the finest bicycling terrain in the upper Midwest.”

There’s no charge for the alumni reception and bike ride, but interested alumni are asked to register so we know how many riders to expect. Go to to sign up for the event. To see the schedule of races on the Nature Valley Grand Prix, go to To find local information go to