On behalf of the race organizers, thanks for racing the 2009 Marshall and Sterling Grand Prix in Saratoga Springs.
It was our first year for this event and we were glad to see so many regions represented as it was also the 2009
NYS Criterium Championship. Thank you to our title sponsor - Marshall & Sterling Insurance - for enabling the race
this year. Also, thanks to our major sponsors the Local Pub & Teahouse, Bonacio Construction, the Saratogian, the
Residence Inn by Marriot, Sigma Sports, the Breadbasket Bakery, and Blue Sky Bicycles. Finally, thanks to the City
of Saratoga Springs and the West Side Community for their very generous support for the event and our beneficiary
You may now know that we had a very tragic conclusion to the day during the Women's race. Natalia Hogan - who
had volunteered earlier in the day - collapsed during the last lap of her race. Despite the efforts of emergency
personnel she later died at Saratoga Hospital. I first met Natalia on Sunday morning and she was a very enthusiastic
volunteer and happy to have a race in her hometown. This is very sad for the City of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga
Springs City School District where she was a teacher, and for the West Side Community where the race was held and
where she was also a resident. This is, of course, tragic for her family and friends and our thoughts and prayers go to
them during this very difficult time. The race will be making a donation to her family.
Out of respect for Natalia and her family, we cancelled the Men's Pro/1/2/3 Race at the end of the day. Those riders
who paid an entry fee for this race will be refunded their money unless they indicate to me otherwise via e-mail - in
which case we will be adding this to the donation.
Farm Team Cycling