Vol. 5, No. 8 IN THIS ISSUE... Let's get ready to race! \* Austin Race Flyer \* Race day schedule change \* Volunteer sign up \* Olympic medalis

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Vol. 5, No. 8

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Next weekend, in Austin MN. Be there! Aloha!

IN THIS ISSUE...

Let's get ready to race!
* Austin Race Flyer
* Race day schedule change
* Volunteer sign up
* Olympic medalist Kelly Catlin to start the girl's varsity race
* Welcome our official meteorologist!
* Race the Grind
* Support our sponsors
* NICA Core Values
Follow the MN League on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

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There's only one more Try It Out session left. Tell your friends!

Race #1, Austin Mn

We are less than 2 weeks away, Sunday September 11 2016, from the inaugural 2016 race in Austin MN. All the information you need to know is in the race day flyers we produce for every race. You can find the Austin race flyer here, just click the link for "Race #1." See you in Austin MN!

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Race Day Volunteer Sign Up!

It truly takes a village, an entire village to run a mountain bike race. We need to fill 130-160 volunteer positions to create an optimal race day experience for our riders (most importantly), parents, and spectators. And it's also fun! Please volunteer and ensure a safe experience for everyone involved!

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Race Day Schedule Changes

Even the best laid plans need adjustment. As the Minnesota High School Cycling League prepares for growth in the 2016, not everything was predicted. Yesterday the league surpassed 800 registered student-athletes for the 2016 season (AWESOME!) but the growth was not evenly distributed. Our middle school growth has been higher then all expectation and to accommodate, we will be adjusting the race day schedule and scoring.
Middle school individual and team points will be broken down by D1 and D2 teams. The division certification will be based on the high school certification. The D2 scoring model will be used for both D1 and D2 middle school points calculations. For 2016, the Minnesota High School Cycling League will award the following team awards at each race and for the season points:
• D1 Middle School Team (1st – 3rd)
• D2 Middle School Team (1st – 3rd)
The following individual awards will be presented at each race and the year-end awards:
• 8th Grade, D1 Boys
• 8th Grade, D2 Boys
• 8th Grade, Girls
• 7th Grade, D1 Boys
• 7th Grade, D2 Boys
• 7th Grade, Girls
The following schedule will be used at all “regular season” races. Middle school as been expanded to show the individual wave timing.
Regular Season Sunday Schedule
7:00 - PitZone/Registration Opens
7:30 – Pre Ride Opens
7:45 – Last Pre Riders Enter Course
8:00 – Coaches Meeting
8:30 – Middle School Race

8:30 – 8th Grade Boys D1

8:38 – 8th Grade Boys D2

8:46 – 8th Grade Girls

8:54 – 7th Grade Boys D1

9:02 – 7th Grade Boys D2

9:10 – 7th Grade Girls

10:00 – Freshman/Sophomore Boys
12:00 – Freshman/Sophomore/JV/Varsity Girls
2:00 – JV/Varsity Boys
4:00 – Racing Ends/Tear Down
4:30 – Awards
Staging will be 15 minutes prior to an individual wave start. On-site registration will close 1 hour prior to race start. The schedule will be evaluated throughout the season and adjusted as-needed.

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League alumnus Kelly Catlin (second from left) will be on hand at the Austin MN races.

Olympic Medalist Kelly Catlin to start the Austin Girls' High School Races

MN League and NICA alumnus Kelly Catlin will serve as the official starter of the Austin Girl's varsity race at noon Sunday September 11th. Kelly was an integral part of the silver medal winning US Cycling Track Team. Take a couple of minutes to say congratulations to one of our own.

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We have an official meteorologist!

Say hello to Kristin Clark, the MN League Official Meteorologist for the 2016 race season and the owner of 2WheelWeather. Kristen graciously volunteered her time and expertise to produce weather forecasts for each of our races this season.
"2WheelWeather is proud to support the League by providing race specific weather forecasts for the 2016 season. These "CycleCasts" provide a forecast specifically for the race course, right down to trail level! This in-depth analysis of the forecast with graphics and information help determine the best way to prepare for the event. Kristin Clark, a certified broadcast meteorologist and mountain biker, covers weather conditions before and during the event to give racers, volunteers and spectators crucial weather information to better prepare for the elements. 2WheelWeather is not just telling the weather but why the weather is the way it is, and this educates and empowers young cyclists with the knowledge to ride their best on the trail!"
You'll find the race Cycle Casts on the League social media platforms as well as our website.
Thanks so much Kristen and welcome aboard!

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Race the Grind!

Save the date: This Saturday! September 3rd, Labor Day weekend and consider this new race as a tune up for the League season that starts next weekend (Sep 10, Austin MN). The Grind is an official Minnesota League sponsor. The course is scenic, tough, and fun with races from 15 miles to 39 miles. So race the Grind and support your league!

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We're ready for you!

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

Awards Ceremony:
11/6 - Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

All teams and all racers participate in the State Championship.

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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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