Vol. 5, No. 3 IN THIS ISSUE... ▪ 2016 Race Format▪ Updated 2016 Race Calendar▪ Summer Development Camps▪ Race for Free with the Minnesota Mountai

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Vol. 5, No. 3

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Get the latest news from this edition of the Single Track Times.

IN THIS ISSUE...

2016 Race Format
Updated 2016 Race Calendar
Summer Development Camps
Race for Free with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series

Get ready for Season 5 of the MN High School Cycling League! Stay up to date and connected with the MN League

"Follow the MN League on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

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Get ready for an exciting 2016 Minnesota High School League race season!

2016 Race Format

The summary below summarizes 2016 Race Information found in detail on the League Website.

▪ A description of the race season for a team (4 weeks of single day racing, followed by a two day State Championship Race). The League will actually stage 5 single day races.
▪ The concept of “off” weeks – where a team has a “bye” week, and how the “off” weeks will be determined.
▪ The details of how “Off” weeks will be determined, including team selection, late team registrations, new teams, and independent racers and the rules that apply.
▪ The implications of the “Off” week for “Call” ups and Leader Jerseys.

If you have questions, your Coach is the go-to person on the 2016 race season.

Your coach is the point person in determining “off” weeks.

The team will need to determine the “off” week preferences for themselves, their racers, and the supporting families. A single coach from your team will be responsible for prioritizing “Off” weeks for the team, so the team will need to ensure that the highest ranking coach is designated on the team list. Starting May 1, the designated coach for the team will be invited to register the team’s “off” week preferences. Instructions will be provided when “off” week preference ranking begins

Background of 'Off' Weeks

For the past four years, the Minnesota High School Cycling League has grown beyond expectations and even more riders are anticipated for the upcoming 2016 season. The 2015 season was bursting at the seams during some of the races, specifically with the Boys Freshman and Junior Varsity waves. While some other state leagues have begun ‘Two Day Racing’ to support their growth, Minnesota needed a solution that fits our riders, teams, racers’ families and the League.

▪ A volunteer committee consisting of a widely representative cross section of coaches, student athletes and League core staff was created to address the issue. Their mandate was to create a solution that reduced the number of racers in individual waves while respecting the race weekend time commitments of the volunteers and the families of racers.
▪ The committee crafted what we feel is a unique, outstanding solution - that retains both the safety of our student athletes and ensures a quality racing experience, to continue to fulfill our mission of “more kids on bikes”.
▪ This solution can be scaled to support 2000 racers.

Please visit the MN League website for more details.

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Mt. Kato will host the 2016 State Championship.

2016 Race Schedule

Regular League Season:
9/11 - Austin
9/18 - St. Cloud
10/2 - Game Haven
10/9 - Duluth
10/16 - White Tail Ridge

Team Season is 4 of the 5 races.

State Championship:
10/29-30 - Mt. Kato

All teams and all racers participate in the State Championship.

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Network, learn, and meet the League staff at the 2016 Leader's Summit.

LEADERS SUMMIT 2016

Register now!

Dates: Sat. April 16 & Sun. April 17, 2016.
Location: Bloomington, MN

Looking to direct, coach,or become more involved? We encourage you and all coaches to attend the 2016 Leaders Summit.

Individuals from other states are welcome to attend. Plus, there are no prerequisites or coaching experience required! You just require a passion to get #morekidsonbikes.

The primary goal for the Leaders’ Summit is to license parents and adults as new coaches for the MN League. In addition, training is offered for ride leaders, assistant coaches, or volunteers. This is an ideal opportunity for new and seasoned coaches to share thoughts and opinions – and the perfect environment to get charged up for the coming season.

New for 2016: a parallel track is available for returning coaches that will focus on topics after a team is up and running.

Registration is open now!

Questions about the Coach Licensing Process?

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Get your skills on at the Minnesota Rider Development Summer Camps, hosted at True North Basecamp.

MINNESOTA RIDER DEVELOPMENT SUMMER CAMP

Adventure, Friendship, Skills Development, and More!

Register Now!

Two years in development, this Summer Camp at Cuyuna will be an experience of a lifetime! From expert instructors to the best camp facilities in the region, Minnesota Rider Development Summer Camps are the perfect place for kids to have big time summer fun, develop a love for mountain biking, and challenge themselves in a healthy, supportive environment. Instruction focuses on proper nutrition, ride preparation, fitness, trail etiquette and safety, mountain bike techniques (climbing, descending, obstacles, and proper fit), and strategies for developing speed and efficiency. . Minnesota Rider Development camps offer a customized experience that will peak every young rider’s interest. This amazing camp experience offers participants:
• Mountain Biking
• Presentations
• Hiking
• Games
• Traditional Camp Experience
Each evening, we bring all the kids back together at True North Base Camp for camp-wide games, adventures, team-building and traditional summer camp fun.
We're offering three camp sessions in 2016:

June 12th – June 15th
July 17th – July 20th
August 14th – August 17th

Age Groups: 13-18 years (grades 7 – 12) Experience: None.

All levels of mountain bike experience welcome.
Lodging: 3 nights in tents at True North Base Camp
Includes: Secure private campsites, food, activities, facilities, water bottle and camp t-shirt.
Price: $349 if registered before May 1st, $399 if registered after May 1st.

Secure your spot now!

ALL CAMPERS MUST BE "RACE READY" IN THE PIT ZONE FOR THE 2016 SEASON PRIOR TO ATTENDING CAMP.

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Get your race on with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series!

Get an early start to your training with League Sponsor MMBS!

The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (MMBS) is offering Race For Free again this year. For those new to the mountain biking scene, MMBS has been operating a state wide series for all ages since 1990 and is a proud sponsor of the Minnesota High School Cycling League. The Race For Free program allows MN League athletes (7th – 12th grade) to race in the Citizen’s class at the following MN MTB series races, for free! Yes all you have to do is show up and say you would like to race for free and that you are on a MN/NICA League team. Please pass this on to your teammates. The first race is coming up on May 1st in St Croix Falls. Two of the races will be at MNLeague/NICA race venues, Mankato and River Falls.
Visit the MMBS website at
www.mnmbtseries.com for more details.
•May 1 – Woolly Bike Race – St Croix Falls, WI – Race Site
•June 12 – Bluff Riders Charge – Mankato, MN – Race Site
•July 23 – Border Crossing – River Falls, WI – Race Site
•August 14 – Great Hawk Chase – Duluth, MN – Race Site
NOTE : If your riders are riding for Series Points they will not be eligible to earn points if they race for free. Any questions feel free to contact MMBS official Chad McDonald.

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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

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NICA's Five Core Values

This is how we roll:
Inclusivity: no bench-warmers, every finish counts
Equality: no try-outs; everyone rides
Strong Body: lifelong fitness and good health start here
Strong Mind: NICA student-athletes are students first
Strong Character: work hard, play fair, respect others and the community

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ONE FINAL REMINDER....

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

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