Vol 4, No. 3 IN THIS ISSUE: ▪ 2015 Category Placements ▪ Registration Updates ▪ Summer Skills Dirt Camp ▪ MN MTB Series: Race for Free ▪ Try it

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Vol 4, No. 3

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Cuyuna Lakes Riders: Nikita Finnerty (407) Braeden Anderson (940) | Photo Credit: Cuyuna Lakes MTB Team


▪ 2015 Category Placements
▪ Registration Updates
▪ Summer Skills Dirt Camp
▪ MN MTB Series: Race for Free
▪ Try it Out Session Schedule
▪ NICA Scholarship Application
▪ Tour de Cure Team
▪ MTB 101 Classes
▪ 2015 Race Schedule
▪ Trek Factory Demos
▪ Track Day at Velodrome
▪ Sho-Air Midwest Scholarship


Spring is quickly rolling into summer; which means every team is actively recruiting new riders.

Many teams are hosting information nights, SingleTrack High Movie nights and fun info nights right at the trail to introduce kids and their parents to where they will be racing and training.

Duluth Teams just had their Singletrack High Movie night and the theater was full, Mankato had a phenomenal turn out at their information session last week and Cuyuna Lakes just reported 17 new riders from their parent night at the trail last week!

BONUS: Fox TV Clip: Single Track High Movie Night in Duluth

Congratulations to all our teams for their recruitment efforts. Find all your recruitment support (videos, logos, and poster templates) on the MN League Media Center.

Please be sure to share your success stories with other coaches. Log onto the Coaches Only Facebook Page to share your stories. Need an invite?
Contact Libby Shea Hurley.

Minnesota - Season 4 is almost here. We are estimating 60 teams for the 2015 season!

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

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Category Placements have been posted on the NICA website.

For questions about the category upgrades, please reference rule 3.5 (page 11) of the NICA rule book and 2015 Rules & Guidelines, Section 3.4 -- MINNESOTA SPECIFIC


NICA - Posted Category Placements

All athletes are allowed to submit a petition to move up or down in category. The petition must be completed and signed by the athlete, coach and parent before being submitted to MN League Director, Josh Kleve.

Deadline for Race #1 Petitions:
Thurs Sept. 3 10:00pm.


Please note: Change for Middle School Categories: Instead of Div 1 and Div 2, there will be two categories titled (7th and 8th grade).


E-Waviers are Live!
Drumroll please... NICA released electronic waivers in the Pitzone today! If you haven't signed your annual waiver, please do so ASAP. The new system is super easy and eliminates the need to print and scan. Each student and adult who will participate this season will need to complete a waiver.

Remember that you must have the team registered, waivers signed and a preseason activity form approved prior to holding any events before July 1st.

Please contact Josh Kleve or Libby Hurley with registration questions.

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Cuyuna Camp | Edina & Crosby Teams 2014



MN League Summer Dirt Skills Camp headquarters is at the Legionville Camp and all lodging and meals take place there and are included in camp fees. The majority of our skills sessions will be held on the Cuyuna Lakes Trails.

Camp staff includes MN League Coaching Director Bruce Martens as well as experienced and licensed NICA coaches. Campers will be grouped by gender and approximate skill level and then matched with coaches who serve as counselors.

2015 Location: Cuyuna Lakes Region

Minnesota League Coaches and Rider Summer Dirt Skills Camp

Fri. August 14th – Wed. August 19th, 2015
See below for various camp dates based on camp type.

Level 1 NICA Coach Camp Dates:
Fri. Aug. 14 – Sun. Aug. 16, 2015
Cost: $275 by June 1, 2015. After price goes up to $325.
Details and Register

Level 2 NICA Coach Camp Dates:
Sun. Aug. 16 – Wed. Aug. 19, 2015
Cost: $275 by June 1, 2015. After price goes up to $325.
Details and Register

Racer Camp Dates:
Sun. Aug. 16 – Wed. Aug. 19, 2015
Cost: $349 by June 1, 2015. After price goes up to $399.
Details and Register


Questions, please direct them to Bruce Martens, MN League Coaching Director.

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MN MTB Series is a MN League Sponsor - Thank you!


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 to race in the Citizen’s class at the following MMBS series races, for free!

First Race: May 31 – Bluff Riders Charge

Registration is FREE for registered MN League racers. BUT, DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE! ALL MN LEAGUE RACERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CITIZEN CLASS MUST REGISTER RACE DAY ONLY, prior to the beginning of the Citizen race. No mail or online registration is allowed if you wish to take part in the Race for Free program.

All student-athletes must bring a signed form and waiver to the race and present at the MN League tent prior to participating in the event.
Be sure to check CITIZEN HIGH SCHOOL on this form and waiver. DOWNLOAD FORM AND WAIVER

Full Schedule of Race for Free Events

Questions, please contact MN MTB SERIES Director, Gary Sjoquist.

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Try-it-Out at Salem Hills 2014


Wednesdays are the day!

The Try-it-Out Demos are ON!
We will have our first session on Wed. May 20 and our last session on Wed. July 29, 2015.


Plus, 5 DATES have been selected as Cranksister dates! NOTE: Boys and girls can both attend on these try-it-out session dates. But, we will have open skill sessions at the same time with Experienced Women MTB Bike Racers for girls only.

What happens at a Try-it-Out Demo?
Meet members and coaches of a team, go for a ride with other racers and give mountain biking a try, whether it’s your first time or you just want to meet other racers! You can bring your own bike or use one of the demo bikes that will be available provided by the MN High School Cycling League.

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NICA Booster Fund provides MN League Scholarships - thank you!


Reminder to coaches, parents and student-athletes - deadline for submission of the NICA Booster Fund Scholarship applications is Aug. 21, 2015.

Due to the limited amount of scholarship funds, we would like to ensure that the racers, coaches or volunteers
who receive financial support, commit to participation in ALL 5 races of the 2015 season. With the generous sponsorship from the NICA Booster Fund, we are able to provide these scholarship funds.


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Ellie Hedlund | Mpls South Composite Team | Rider for Tour de Cure


Sign up today and join Ellie Hedlund (Mpls South Composite team member) and Greg Reierson (Armstrong Asst. Coach) on the MN League Tour de Cure Team.

Ride Date: Sat. May 30 at Minnehaha Falls

Enjoy 22 miles of fully supported scenic riding while changing the pace of diabetes. Riders depart from Minnehaha Falls and ride on paved trails to the river bottoms where a classic off-road adventure awaits. After completing the off-road section, riders return to Minnehaha Falls for the best after party in the business.

Free BBQ at the finish! Also enjoy live music, vendors, family activities and more.

Why I ride

Ellie: “I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 4 years old, over 11 years ago. I ride for the Tour de Cure because I love to mountain bike, but also to support everyone with diabetes. I am riding to give hope to all people with diabetes who work so hard every day to keep healthy, and their families and friends who know that one day there will be a cure.”

Greg: "I’ve been cycling for many years and this will be my second Tour de Cure. I ride for my son who was diagnosed with Type 1 before the age of two and for my niece who was diagnosed just this past winter. Join me and thousands of others riding for a cure."

We want to encourage riders from your league to join the team that Ellie has set up, regardless of what their school team is in the cycling league. It is called MN High School Cycling. Team Page and How to Join If you’d like to ride it, Ellie or Greg can make you a co-captain.

We are offering all of your riders and their friends and family a half price discount to register for the event. They should use promo code TEAM2015 (all caps, no spaces) when registering.

Tour de Cure Website:

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We will be offering the Outdoor MTB 101 Training for the 2015 Leaders’ Summit participants and for any MN League registered coach who has paid their 2015 NICA fees and submitted their signed waivers.

Cost is FREE, but space is limited.


Trek is a Platinum Sponsor for NICA - Thank you!


Trek has announced two Factory Demo days for the Twin Cities in May. They will take place at Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Trails on Sat. May 23rd and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve on Sun. May 24th. Both demos will be held from 10am to 3pm.




Try Velodrome Cycling for FREE!

FREE chance for Junior riders (age 13-18) from the Minnesota State High School Cycling League to try track cycling.

Date: Sat. June 6, 2015
Time: 10am - 1pm
Signed waivers required. Waivers available upon arrival.

Cycling helmet required and as much cycling apparel as the rider has.

Clipless pedals and shoes from their mountain bike can be used on rental track bikes.

Download Flyer

For more information contact: Bob Williams


This event is hosted by the National Sports Center Velodrome for high school athletes. It is not an official MN High School Cycling League event.


Sho-Air Midwest Cycling Club


Sho-air Midwest is Midwest Cycling Club with a focus on being a positive influence in the cycling community. They are delighted to recognized outstanding student-athletes with a passion for cycling.

This year, Sho-Air Midwest would like to award a $250 scholarship to one male and one female cycling athlete who is entering a higher education institution in the Fall of 2015.

We’re looking for Minnesota or Wisconsin High School athletes who have actively demonstrated:
- A positive passion for cycling (mountain, road, or track)
- Competition excellence
- Plans to continue cycling as they enter higher education

Applying for the scholarship is simple - write a short entry which permits us to assess how you have demonstrated these qualities, qualities that Sho-Air holds in high regard.

Passion. Excellence. Education.

Your submission is limited no more than 250 words - less than one page. Tell us why you exemplify the attributes Sho-Air is encouraging and consequently should be recognized.

Send your response to tjj.usa@gmail.com, title your email: “Sho-Air Midwest Scholarship”

Entries must be received by May 25th (Memorial Day). Winners will be announced and notified by email and on Sho-Air Midwest Facebook page on June 5th.

Email Address:
Current School or Club name:
Higher Education Fall destination:

Why you’re a fit for the Sho-Air Midwest Student Scholarship….
250 words on how you’ve demonstrated Passion. Excellence. Education

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Jail Trail 2014 | Photo Credit: Todd Bauer, tmbimages.com


Preliminary league venues and dates are subject to change.

Sun. Sept. 13 - Jail Trail - St. Cloud, MN
Sun. Sept. 20 - Trail in Development - Austin, MN
Sun. Oct. 4 - GameHaven Trail - Rochester, MN
Sun. Oct. 11 - Cuyuna Trails - Cuyuna Lakes, MN
Sun. Oct. 25 - Mt. Kato - Mankato, MN


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 MN League Director Josh Kleve at joshua@minnesotamtb.org.

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