Photo Essay | North Star Grand Prix | Stage 3 | Cannon Falls to Cannon Falls

Stage three of the North Star Grand Prix offered the peloton a glimpse at southern Minnesota’s expansive farm country. Beginning and ending in the small town of Cannon Falls, the 95 mile loop was a singular one – rolling hills, farmland, and mostly perfect pavement was all the peloton would see once they left town. In years past, the weather has been disastrous, with numerous cancelled races thanks to horrific thunderstorms and high winds. This year couldn’t have been any more perfect. Temperatures and wind conditions were ideal, and the rain was nowhere to be found. Photos and words by Sam Wiebe

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Some of Tom Zirbel’s family came up from Iowa to watch him race, including his mom, pictured in the orange shades. Apparently, Tom got his monstrous frame from some other branch of the family tree.

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Team mechanic Evan Mumford and guest soigneur John Cribari were enjoying the ideal conditions from the feed zone. John is a huge Kris Kross fan.

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The race finished with closing circuits in Cannon Falls. This little up-and-down, with the finish line in the foreground, was its defining feature and helped make a race winning solo attack possible by Stefano Barberi.

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Stefano Barberi celebrates his win, with the rest of the podium finishers, including Ryan Anderson, bearing down a few meters behind.

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