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Volume VII, Race #2 - Lake Rebecca

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Astrid Myhre, 7th Grade, Washburn at Austin | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

RACE DAY PREP
Special supplement to the Singletrack Times, our Race Day News issues will cover specific details related only to race day.

Plus, we have added some fun race day tips to help everyone enjoy the hustle and bustle of a MN League race!

IN THIS ISSUE
* Race Report Race #1 - Austin
* Upcoming Race Registration Deadlines
* Lake Rebecca Parking
* Race Day Communication
* Volunteers - We need ya!
* Framed Bike - Skills Challenge Area
* Sponsor Spotlight
* MN League Weather Policy

Bye Week Schedule:
Find out which teams will be racing! Bye Week Schedule

No Drones at the Races:
FAA rules do not allow us to have drones overhead at the races.

Questions?
Be sure to check the MN League website, we have packed it full of information.

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Jacob Olson, Northwest Composite, Freshman D2 Boys, Austin Race #1 | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

RACE REPORT, AUSTIN - RACE #1

On Sun. Aug. 26, the seventh season of the MN High School Cycling League was underway at the newly named Schindler's Way Trail, with over 900 racers ready to take part in the action.

View Full Race Report for Race #1 in Austin, MN

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UPCOMING RACE DATES & DEADLINES

Race #2 - Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN

Online Registration Deadline
Tues., Sept. 4, 2018 - Today at Midnight!

▪ Sat. Sept. 8 - Pre-Ride
▪ Sun. Sept. 9 - Race Day
Sat. Sept. 8 - Pre-Ride
Sun. Sept. 9 - Race Day

NOTE: There will be pre-ride ONLY on Saturday. There will be no pre-ride on Sunday.

RACE #2 Schedule and Details - Lake Rebecca - Race #2 - Race Day Flyer


Race #3 - Game Haven, Rochester, MN

Online Registration Deadline
Tues., Sept. 11, 2018

RACE #3 Schedule and Details - Game Haven- Race #3 - Race Day Flyer

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Austin, MN - Schindler's Way Trail | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

LAKE REBECCA RACE DETAILS

This is an all-new mountain biking trail at Lake Rebecca in Rockford, MN. This course offers just about every type of terrain to make a racer smile. Fast and flowing tracks through open prairie, tightly-woven single track through dense forests, and rolling hills! Throughout this 4.3 mile course, a rider will get a healthy mix of fun and challenging terrain.

CRITICAL PREP FOR RACE DAY:
Be aware, parking is very limited at this race venue. We recommend arranging carpools for all teams, if possible.

We are currently negotiating parking arrangements with Three Rivers Park District. Please check back prior to race weekend for updates on parking and gear transport to the race infield.

View Lake Rebecca Race Flyer.

CALL-UP PROCESS
Call-ups will be following the usual process for all who raced in Austin and those who had a Bye-Week in Austin.

For those who couldn't race at Austin due to the weather, we will handle Lake Rebecca as Race #1 and then use Game Haven as Race #2. So the call up rule just "rolls down" to the next race for the impacted categories.
Questions on this, drop a note to info@minnesotamtb.org.

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MN LEAGUE RACE TIP #1

REGISTER ONLINE IN THE PITZONE
* Prep for your ride instead of standing in line - Register online for Race #1 by Tues. Sept. 4!
* Plus, if you register on Race Day - you will pay up to an extra $20 in late fees! Save some money and register online in the Pitzone.

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RACE DAY COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

The following communication channels will provide critical race information before, during and after a race. Be sure to review the various options and find the channel or channels which will help keep you up to date for each race day.

Social Media:
We use our social media channels to communicate any immediate non-emergency news, as well photos and videos of your favorite racers.

Facebook: Like our page!

Twitter: Follow us today!

Instagram: Follow us today!

Note: Facebook is our primary social channel for race updates.

Race Day Information Kiosk:
New this year, we will provide an information kiosk near the MN League registration trailer. Stop by to check on the race day schedule, trail map, and race results.

Rained Out App:
To sign up: Text MNMTBLEAGUE to 84483. The MN League will use this service to send alerts regarding the following conditions:
1. Race delay
2. Race cancellation
3. Emergencies

It's Your Race App
Follow your favorite racer by seeing their lap splits as well as race position. Download the app from the App Store, find "Minnesota MTB" and then, select a race category.

FM Simulcast
Thanks to the efforts of Armstrong High School Cycling Coach Greg Rierson. Once again we will be live broadcasting each race on FM radio. Bring a portable FM receiver to keep up with the racing action and hear announcements when you are out of range of the PA system. Exact frequencies will be announced at each venue. Thank you Greg!

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Jaiden Zollman, 8th Grade, Prior Lake | Photo Credit: Markman Outdoor Photography

MN LEAGUE RACE TIP #2

BE SOCIAL

To help spread the word, when you post or share on social media, add the hashtag #morekidsonbikes to your post!

Join our social media channels:
* MN League Facebook
* MN League Twitter
* MN League Instagram

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Join the "tribe" of the race day crew and get a cool new tee from Wolftooth!

VOLUNTEER AND JOIN THE RACE DAY CREW

Why volunteer?

Because without volunteers, we cannot hold the race. For each race, we need about 130-160 people to run a race.

As part of the Race Day Crew, help out with scoring, hand out water, course marshal on the race course, be a crossing guard or choose the popular "sweep" position. All of these positions are important!

Meet other parents, members of the Core Staff, and have fun at the same time. Plus, get the new Volunteer tee from Wolftooth Components! Each volunteer will receive one tee for helping out.

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!

Tip: As a course marshal or a crossing guard, you are able to get right on the race course where there is exceptional viewing of the course!

SIGN UP TODAY

Learn about the needed race day volunteer positions and how to register on our online registration site called Sign Up.

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Austin, MN - Schindler's Way Trail | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

MN LEAGUE RACE TIP #3

READ OUR RACE DAY FAQ

Find helpful tips and terms related to the race site, racer info, and spectator information.

MN League Race FAQ List

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Framed Bikes Skills Challenge - Austin, MN Course

FRAMED BIKES SKILLS CHALLENGE COURSE

Sponsored by Framed Bikes

In between races, stop by and check out the Framed Bikes Skills Challenge Course and test your bike handling skills!

New this year, we are giving out hardware and swag to the top 5 male and female participants. Medals and Swag are made possibly by contributions from Framed Bikes and Wolftooth. Thank you!

Skills Challenge Course will be open each Sunday on a race weekend. The course will open Sunday at 9am and close when the last race lines up for the day. (Around 3pm). Medals and prizes will be handed out with race day awards.

Take the challenge, because there is more to racing than just speed.

This skills course is built to challenge a rider’s stability and handling on the bike. It offers tight corners and log hops, as examples - two skills that are commonly used on the trail while riding and racing. New and experienced riders can take the challenge and test their bike handling skills.

Other riding skills put to the test include: balance, tight turns, breaks control, ratcheting, range of motion on the bike, wheel lifts, focus and concentration.

Remember, more highly-skilled riders are safer riders.

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Charlie Foote, Stillwater, 8th Grade Boys D1 | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

MN LEAGUE RACE TIP #4

SPECTATORS - KNOW THE RULES RELATED TO OUR RACE COURSE

We have set up these rules to keep our racers and spectators safe. Just as at a football or baseball game, walking onto the course is not allowed. IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!

▪ The course is taped off in many areas. But in non-taped areas, the course officially does include the single track plus 3 feet on both sides.
▪ You can cross the course where there is an opening in the tape and when permission is given by the volunteer crossing marshal. Going under the tape is not allowed at any time on Saturday or Sunday!
▪ Do not walk, run or ride on course. Follow side paths or off course trails to gain access to viewing areas. Some remote areas of the course simply may not be accessible to spectators.
▪ When in remote areas, cross the course only prior to and upon completion of each race. It’s a silent sport and often racers and spectators lose track of each other in the heat of the race. We have had several close calls.
The course is taped off in many areas. But in non-taped areas, the course officially does include the single track plus 3 feet on both sides.
You can cross the course where there is an opening in the tape and when permission is given by the volunteer crossing marshal. Going under the tape is not allowed at any time on Saturday or Sunday!
Do not walk, run or ride on course. Follow side paths or off course trails to gain access to viewing areas. Some remote areas of the course simply may not be accessible to spectators.
When in remote areas, cross the course only prior to and upon completion of each race. It’s a silent sport and often racers and spectators lose track of each other in the heat of the race. We have had several close calls.
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Morrie's Minnetonka Subaru Donated Vehicle for MN League Use, Revealed at Race #1 | Photo Credit: Todd Bauer, tmbimages.com

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT:

THANK YOU MORRIE'S MINNETONKA SUBARU

Please say "thank you" to Morrie's Minnetonka Subaru, for their continued support and sponsorship of the Minnesota High School Cycling League. New this year, the folks at Morrie's surprised the MN League by donating a Subaru vehicle to help us spread the word about getting #morekidsonbikes. Thank you Morrie's Minnetonka Subaru!

Know a company that might also want to help get #morekidsonbikes?
Learn more about MN League sponsorship opportunities.

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Erik's Bike and Board Shop - A Founding Sponsor | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

MN LEAGUE RACE TIP #5

THANK ALL OUR SPONSORS

Without their generous support, these races and programs could not occur.

On race days, a few of our sponsors will set up booths to share information and answer questions about their products or services. Stop by and let them know you appreciate their sponsorship.

▪ Wolftooth Components
▪ Framed Bikes - check out the Skills Challenge!
▪ See the new MN League Subaru, donated by Morries Minnetonka Subaru!
Wolftooth Components
Framed Bikes - check out the Skills Challenge!
See the new MN League Subaru, donated by Morries Minnetonka Subaru!

Thank you to all our sponsors!

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MN LEAGUE WEATHER POLICY

In the event of challenging weather, review our Weather Policy and Guidelines.

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

Any decisions regarding cancellation or altering race start times, lap lengths, or number of laps, etc. will be made jointly by the MN League Director, the Land Manager, and the MN League Chief Referee. Often, this decision cannot be made until the morning of the race due to the unpredictable nature of wet or stormy weather.

The MN League will make every attempt to notify people via two of our race communication channels: Rained Out text app, PA Announcements at the race and on Facebook and Twitter.

Review the MN League weather policy and guidelines.

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SHOW THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS...

Spend your hard earned bike money with them!

Please take a minute to review our list of local and national sponsors. 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.

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2018 MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE RACE SCHEDULE

▪ Race #1 – Aug. 26 – Schindler's Way Trail, Austin, MN
▪ Race #2 – Sept. 9 - Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN
▪ Race #3 – Sept.16 – Gamehaven Scout Trail, Rochester, MN
▪ Race #4 – Sept. 30 – Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes MN
▪ Race #5 – Oct. 7 – Welch Village, Welch MN
▪ Race # 6 – Oct.14 – Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN
▪ Race # 7 - Oct. 27-28 - State Championship Weekend - Mt. Kato, Mankato MN
▪ Season Ending Celebration – Fri. Nov. 9 at Northrup Auditorium
Race #1 – Aug. 26 – Schindler's Way Trail, Austin, MN
Race #2 – Sept. 9 - Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN
Race #3 – Sept.16 – Gamehaven Scout Trail, Rochester, MN
Race #4 – Sept. 30 – Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes MN
Race #5 – Oct. 7 – Welch Village, Welch MN
Race # 6 – Oct.14 – Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN
Race # 7 - Oct. 27-28 - State Championship Weekend - Mt. Kato, Mankato MN
Season Ending Celebration – Fri. Nov. 9 at Northrup Auditorium
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QUESTIONS

Send us an email!
General questions: info@minnesotamtb.org
Registration questions: registration@minnesotamtb.org

ONE FINAL REMINDER....

Check the MN League web site for information: www.minnesotamtb.org.

 
   
 
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