Friedman returns to top form with Nature Valley Grand Prix victory

When Mike Friedman crossed the finish line of the Stillwater Criterium at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in second place, securing the overall win at the six-stage National Racing Calendar (NRC) event, it marked his first major victory since he won the general classification at the Tour of Korea in 2010. It also signaled a return to top form for the rider who has had to come back from two major health issues that temporarily stalled his career.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.