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June 27, 2017

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Please consider joining our 2017 Strong Future Fundraiser

We did it, New Jersey, we put New Jersey on the NICA map with a BANG! A huge thank you to the amazing NJ Core Staff, our rock-star coaches and volunteers, and our inaugural season sponsors - without all of you we wouldn't have been able to make this magic happen! And of course a big hurrah to you, our awesome student-athletes - you have made us proud through your athleticism, perseverance and sportsmanship, and have definitely made it all worthwhile!

Please take a few minutes to check out this newsletter, which is chock full of good stuff: race reports, pics, season survey, a cool t-shirt, a NJ NICA Gran Fondo team, and more!

As I hand off the League Director hat to Ken Seebeck, I want to thank all of you for your support in making this league a success, and look forward to my continued involvement as Board President. See you on the trails and at the races!

Best,
Tom Kruse

PS. Be sure to check out the blurb below about our Strong Future fundraising campaign, and more info on how to get a hold of your very own 'Me Made History Together" t-shirt.

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We saw it all, this season - excessive rains, cold temps and now stifling heat, but we managed to complete all five races as originally planned! And what a memorable inaugural season it was!

Six Mile Run proved to be an amazing venue, and our racers lived up to the occasion with some blistering performances. Our last race was greeted by a beautiful sunny day. It was hot out there with temps easily touching 90 degrees, but our field of over 140 student-athletes played the heat like seasoned pros and impressed all in attendance with their tenacity and endurance. Race #5 Results | Final Overall Standings | Final Team Standings

High School

What an exciting day of racing, with a number of season overall winners being determined by the outcome of Race #5. Click HERE for the High School results, final overall standings, season awards and the usual cool pics.

Middle School

Our Middle School racers have definitely exceeded our expectations, allowing us to transition to a two lap format for the final three races of the season. Roughly 50% of our student-athletes hail from middle school, which bodes well for the future of interscholastic mountain bike racing in the Garden State. Better watch out, High Schoolers, these young guns are right on your heels. Check out the Middle School race report and pics HERE.

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We are pretty darn proud of what we accomplished with our first season, but one of the ways we got there was to always be open to constructive criticism, and asking ourselves "what can we do to make this even better?" Along those lines, please take a few minutes to provide us with your feedback from the past season by completing this survey.

PLEASE complete by July 3, 2017

I have 5 minutes and am ready to take the survey

Too many surveys? We know you already received a survey from the national office, but we felt strongly about getting your input specific to your experience in New Jersey, hence this additional survey. We are working with national to combine these multiple surveys into one survey for future seasons.

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Crazy, right? But the crew at NJICL HQ is busy planning for our second season (OK, maybe we're also getting in some epic riding and catching up on yardwork). Here are some important dates:
* September 16-17: Leaders' Summit (for new and returning coaches)
* October 15: Start of the 2018 pre-season, keep an eye out for try-it-out rides in your neck of the woods to help recruit your friends for next season

Race Venues

We've started surveying potential new race venues for 2018 - if you have any suggestions, please reach out to League Director Ken Seebeck.

New Teams

Now is the time to start thinking about starting a team in your community. You don't have to be an expert mountain biker to become a coach - as long as you bring enthusiasm and commitment to the table, we will take care of the rest. To find our more, contact League Director Ken Seebeck.

Sponsorships

We are always looking for new organizations that would be willing to step up as league sponsors. We provide our sponsors with premium exposure to New Jersey's active youths and their families, and our sponsors love to help us introduce today's youth to an active lifestyle, and the lifelong sport of cycling. To find out more, please contact our VP of Development, David Kahl.

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Please join us to build a Strong Future.

Help us build a strong future for NICA in New Jersey by donating to our 'Strong Future' campaign. For all donations of $35 or more, completed by the end of August, receive this awesome 'Me Made History Together' t-shirt (super soft, high quality cotton, just like you saw the league staff wear at the races) - the image to the right will appear on the back of the t-shirt, the front will feature our league logo. Click HERE to donate now, help us build a strong future and reserve your t-shirt.

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Join the NJICL Gran Fondo Team!

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Don't miss out on a fun day on your bike, register now!

Gran Fondo NJ has recently come on board as a league sponsor, and we are forming a NJICL Gran Fondo team to celebrate this partnership, AND as an opportunity to get together friends of the NJICL for a fun and rewarding day on the bike. THE GFNJ offers routes ranging from 18 to 107 miles. We are not looking to make this into a hammer-fest, our goal is to challenge ourselves, have some fun with other members of the NJICL community, and raise awareness about NICA in New Jersey. We will offer team members the opportunity to make this into a NICA fundraiser, just like the many other charity rides out there. Click HERE to register for the NJICL team at our discounted rate - don't delay, rates go up after June 30th.

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