Race #1: BUCK HILL Race Weekend: Sat. Sept. 6 - Sun. Sept. 7, 2014 ▪ Race #1 Location Change▪ Race Registration Deadlines▪ Category Placements▪

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Race #1 is almost here | Get ready for Buck Hill in Burnsville, MN.

Race #1: BUCK HILL

Race Weekend:
Sat. Sept. 6 - Sun. Sept. 7, 2014

Race #1 Location Change
Race Registration Deadlines
Category Placements
AAA Team Numbers Pick Up
Pre-Ride Dates and Times
Call for Volunteers - It's Time!
Bike Raffle - Trailhead Cycle
CrankSisters Sat Pre-Ride
Wet Weather Policy
Photos and Videos - Share!
Team Spotlight
2014 Full Race Schedule

RACE WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE!

The summer is drawing to a close, which means that it is time to start mountain bike racing!

In this past month, the MN League has had to make adjustments to the 2014 race locations, largely due to our incredible growth over the summer! That is a good problem to have - thank you to all for your recruiting efforts - and bringing in well over a hundred new racers this year.

Take a look at the lineup for this year. MN League List of Teams

We look forward to seeing all the new faces and the familiar faces back for another season of fun...and mountain bike racing.

"Be sure to follow the MN League on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

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Buck Hill 2012 | Hopkins Ladies

RACE #1 LOCATION CHANGE

Due to construction at Salem Hills Elementary School, parking would not be available for the over 400 estimated racers and their families.

NEW LOCATION: BUCK HILL
We have moved the first race to Buck Hill on a new course that has similar technical features to Salem Hills but minimizes the sustained climbing.

Full Lap equals 2.8 miles.

FULL RACE DETAILS - RACE #1

We appreciate your patience.
Thank you.

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RACE #1 REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Racer registration on Pit Zone for Race #1 closes on Tues. Sept. 2, 2014 at Midnight.

Please log onto the Pit Zone and be sure you are RACE READY! Avoid the long lines and take care of your registration online before the race.

https://pitzone.nationalmtb.org/users/sign_in

If you have not received an invitation to the Pit Zone to register online, contact your Team Director or Coach.

Here is a Race Ready Checklist:

Pit Zone information entered.
MN League Fee and Race Fee paid.
Participation Waiver mailed, faxed or emailed (once per season)

Deadline to be fully registered online is Tues. Sept. 2 by Midnight. On-Site Registration will be available on Sat and Sun during Pre-Ride, but a late fee will be applied.

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Burnsville Racers | Whitetail 2012

CATEGORY PLACEMENTS

What exactly does this mean?

Categories are the different racing levels that a racer is assigned to based on their year in school and their racing history.

For the new racers this year, many of our riders were assigned to their categories (Freshman, Sophomore, JV, Varsity or Middle School) based on their year in school.

For experienced racers, their categories were determined based on their racing history in the MN League. Below are the category placements for racers who raced last year.

REVIEW CATEGORY PLACEMENTS

There was time for racers and coaches to petition a change to their category as outlined in prior newsletters. However, the time has passed and there will be no race day petitions accepted.

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Silver Sponsor AAA Minnesota - Thank you!

AAA PIZZA PARTY

Thurs. Sept. 4 - Team Numbers Pick up

That's right - We have another incentive to get racer registration done online!

AAA in St. Louis Park will be hosting a pizza party for teams who would like to stop by and munch on free pizza - and pick up their numbers for all registered riders!

Avoid the long lines at on-site registration just to pick up your numbers. Head on over to AAA St. Louis Park and get your team numbers and enjoy some pizza.

DATE: THURS. SEPT. 4
TIME: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
LOCATION: AAA ST. LOUIS PARK
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN 55416
DIRECTIONS

Please send Josh an email if your team plans to attend, so we can make sure to order enough pizza! joshua@minnesotamtb.org

NOTE: We will not be processing registrations at the pizza party, only handing out numbers to race ready riders.

RACE #1 PRE-RIDE DATES AND TIMES AT BUCK HILL

Registered coaches and high school and middle school racers are able to pre-ride the course. Only racers who have REGISTERED AND HAVE RACE NUMBERS DISPLAYED ON THEIR BIKE can pre-ride before the race.

Pre- Ride: Saturday Sept. 6
* Pre-Ride Opens 1:00PM
* No Riders allowed on Course after 3:15PM
* Pre-Ride Ends 4:00PM

Pre-Ride: Sunday Sept. 7
* Pre-Ride Opens 8:00AM
* No Riders allowed on Course after 8:15AM
* Pre-Ride Ends 8:45AM

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Volunteers Make the Races Happen! Thank you!

JOIN THE RACE CREW

Join the Race Crew and volunteer your time at a race this year. Helping with scoring, handing out water, course marshal and the popular "sweep" position - all are important and we need 60-80 people to make these races work.

Suggestion: If your son or daughter is racing, volunteer to help when your child is not racing. Be a part of the excitement and still be able to watch your son or daughter race!

How to Sign Up:
1. Go to the Volunteer Page on the minnesotamtb.org site.
2. Review the positions available.
3. Click on the VolunteerSpot Image.
4. You will be taken to a different website where you can sign up to volunteer!

Thank you - we appreciate your support!

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BIKE RAFFLE FROM TRAILHEAD CYCLE

Thank you to Trailhead Cycle, a new Bronze Sponsor of the MN League.

Reminder, Trailhead Cycle is holding a bike raffle at their bike shop in Champlin and at their events. Purchase a $5 ticket and be entered to win a Giant Tempt 4 mountain bike! All proceeds from the raffle will go to the MN League. Winner will be drawn and announced at the Sept.7 race at Buck Hill.

Stop by their shop today!
Trailhead Cycling and Fitness
11350 Aquila Drive South.
Champlin, MN
763-712-0312
http://www.trailheadcycling.com/

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CALLING ALL CRANKSISTERS!

The Washburn and MPLS Southside girls would like to invite their fellow middle and high school female racers to an event on September 6, 2014 at Buck Hill.

The purpose of the event is to get to know each other a little better before the first race and to build camaraderie, especially for the riders that don't have many girls on their team.

Meet one hour before Pre-Ride opens on Sat. Sept. 6. Pre-Ride opens at 1:00PM, ladies (coaches, riders and volunteers) meet at Noon on Sat. Sept. 6, 2014.

If there are other women in the league that would like to help with the event, contact Tonja Sahaydak at tonjasahaydak@gmail.com.

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Get Race Weekend Weather Updates from 2WheelWeather!

WET WEATHER POLICY

Please take a minute and review the published guidelines for how the MN League will conduct races in the event of challenging weather.

REVIEW GUIDELINES

Our primary consideration is the safety of racers, race support staff, race visitors, and potential damage to the race course site.

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Some of the best pictures are not of the racers..... | MN League Washburn Coach Joel Woodward

PHOTOS & VIDEOS - SHARE THEM!

At race day, cameras are flashing and GoPros are capturing the sounds of the day.
CAN YOU SHARE THEM?

We would love to see your photos and videos. And, I know other people would too.

Be sure to share your photos and videos on MN League Facebook or Twitter.

Or, feel free to send them directly to Libby Hurley, Communication Director for the Minnesota League - and your photo could end up in our next newsletter! If you would like photo credit, please be sure to mention in your email.

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Mpls Southside Jersey

NEW TEAM - MPLS SOUTHSIDE

Take a look at these jerseys! Mpls Southside is ready to head to the line on Sun. Sept. 7 at Buck Hill.

Mpls Southside came to be since the Washburn Composite team recruited enough racers that went to Washburn High School to have their own team!

Washburn Composite is now the Washburn High School Team. Other students in this area who do not attend Washburn make up the new Mpls Southside Team. However, they all still practice and train together!

Questions for the Mpls Southside Team?
Contact either Coach Chris Hedlund, chris.hedlund@bestbuy.com or Coach Tonja Sahaydak, tonjasahaydak@gmail.com

2014 RACE SCHEDULE

Please add these dates to your calendar today!

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 - Race #1 - Buck Hill, Burnsville, MN - NEW Location
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 - Race #2 - Jail Trail, St. Cloud, MN
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 - Race #3 - Game Haven, Rochester, MN
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 - Race #4 - Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN - NEW Location
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 - Race #5 - State Championships: Whitetail Ridge, WI
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 - Season Awards Banquet

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Please take a minute to review our growing list of national and local sponsors (see image below). When considering a purchase, be sure to visit and thank our sponsors for their support. Please encourage them to continue to support our student athletes as they learn life lessons about being part of something as special as cycling. VIEW ALL MN LEAGUE SPONSORS

Final Note

As always, check the MN League web site: www.minnesotamtb.org for more information. Questions can be directed to our new MN League Director Josh Kleve at joshua@minnesotamtb.org.

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