Vol. 5, No. 7 IN THIS ISSUE... ▪ NICA NIGHT at Buck Hill▪ Gift the Gift of Mountain Biking▪ Race the Grind▪ Support Matt Fritzinger▪ Last call f

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Vol. 5, No. 7


The 2016 race season is just around the corner!


NICA NIGHT at Buck Hill
Gift the Gift of Mountain Biking
Race the Grind
Support Matt Fritzinger
Last call for the Summer Development Camps
2016 Try-It-Out Sessions
Race for free with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series

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NICA Night at Buck Hill

This Thursday evening, July 14 at Buck Hill. League sponsor Penn Cycles has deemed this particular version of their long running Thursday night racing series "NICA Night." There'll be food, tunes, and of course great racing. Encourage your student athletes to attend, meet racers from other schools and have some fun. Racing commences at 6:30pm. For more details visit the Penn Cycle website.

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Give the Gift of Mountain Biking

In 2012, when we launched the Minnesota High School Cycling League, we asked people to step up and make individual donations. Many of you did, and our league has seen 40% growth annually as we’ve been able to establish more than 70 teams from all across Minnesota and build the infrastructure to host our races. Thank you to all of you who stepped up to help us get our league launched.

But now it’s time help our disadvantaged and inner city youth in Minnesota communities who can’t afford to race in our league. From July 14 through August 1st, we’d like to raise $10,000 to provide race scholarships to junior and senior high youth who need our help to participate in our league.

Your donations are tax-deductible, and will be devoted entirely to race scholarships. A $250 donation will provide a deserving student the opportunity to race. A $500 donation will provide this opportunity for 2 students. If we reach our goal of $10,000, 40 more students will be afforded the opportunity to race in our league.

Donations can be made on our website, www.minnesotamtb.org at the "Donate Now" link.

Please give the gift of mountain biking for kids who normally could not afford our sport. #Morekidsonbikes!

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Race the Grind!

Save the date: September 3rd, Labor Day weekend and consider this new race as a tune up for the League season that starts the following 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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Support Matt Fritzinger for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

You are reading this email as a result of the vision of National Interscholastic Cycling Association founder Matt Fritzinger. Matt was one of the founders of high school mountain biking. Please show your support of NICA and Matt. Let's do our NICA brother a solid! Vote here.

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We have plenty of supervised activities planned for the 2016 Minnesota Rider Development Camps.

Last Call for the Minnesota Rider Development Summer Camps

Time is literally running out! We have a few spots available for the August camp.
To register please email Camp Director and NICA National Coaching Manager Bruce Martens at bruce@nationalmtb.org.

Find more information here at the Camp website
August 14th – August 17th

Age Groups: 13-18 years (grades 7 – 12)

Experience: Beginner - Intermediate and beyond- we'll have ride groups for every ability level.

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: $399

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

2016 Try-It-Out Sessions

We have only 1 session left!
These sessions are intended for new student athletes and those students curious about mountain biking. Bring your own bike or use one of the demo bikes that will be available provided by the MN High
School Cycling League. Meet in the parking lot. Look for the MN League tents.

There will be a separate group and instruction for female student athletes run by the Crank Sisters.

Pre-registration is NOT required. League bikes are available with a reservation. Events may be cancelled due to wet trails/bad weather. All events will be cancelled by noon, the day of the event by announcement on the Minnesota High School League Facebook page. If an event is cancelled due to weather, it will not be rescheduled.

Events start at promptly at 6PM. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early to register. We will wrap up by 7:30pm.

WAIVER REQUIRED: Waivers signed by parents, must be presented for students to participate in the Try it Out Sessions. You can download this from the League website here.

Time : 6:00pm to 7:30pm
July 25th- Elm Creek- Maple Grove

Please contact League Director Josh Kleve with any questions at joshua@minnesotamtb.org.


There's one last free opportunity to race with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series!

Race for Free in River Falls!

**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. 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.
•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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Are you ready to race yet?

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.



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



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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