Vol. 5, No. 4 IN THIS ISSUE... ▪ 2016 Try-It-Out Sessions▪ Summer Development Camps▪ Race for free with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series▪ Ameri

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Vol. 5, No. 4

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Thanks to the volunteers and coaches, heroes all, who spent their weekend to #getmorekidsonbikes at the 2016 Leaders' Summit.

IN THIS ISSUE...

2016 Try-It-Out Sessions
Summer Development Camps
Race for free with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series
American Diabetes Association Tour De Cure Ride

A big thank you to national NICA sponsor Quality Bicycle Products (and hometown success story!) for graciously hosting 75 coaches and volunteers at the 2016 Leaders' Summit. Thanks "Q"!

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

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Tell your friends how much fun mountain biking is and then invite them to a Try-It-Out session.

2016 Try-It-Out Sessions

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 6PM, it is recommended student-athletes show up at least 15 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
May 23rd- Salem Hills- Inver Grove Heights
June 8th- Elm Creek- Maple Grove
June 23rd- Carver Lakes- Woodbury
July 6th- Salem Hills- Inver Grove Heights
July 25th- Elm Creek- Maple Grove

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

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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- 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: $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!

Race for free this Sunday at the Wooly!

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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Ride with Ellie for a great cause!

Join the MN High School Cycling League Tour De Cure Team!

Sign up today and join Ellie Hedlund (Mpls Southside Composite team member) and Greg Reierson (Armstrong Asst. Coach) on the MN High School Cycling League Tour de Cure Team! Tour de Cure is the premiere cycling event of the American Diabetes Association and is coordinated by our very own announcer, Janeece Oatman. The ride has eight route options between 7 and 100 miles, including a multi-surface adventure for mountain bikers.
Ride Date: Sat. June 4 at Minnehaha Falls
More on the Mountain Bike Route: 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 MN River Bottoms where a classic off-road adventure awaits. After completing the off-road section, riders return to Minnehaha Falls for an amazing after party that includes catered lunch, live music, vendors, massages, family activities and more!

How to Sign Up

Join the team online!
Discount Code
Student athletes can register free using promo code MNmtbATHLETE. Friends and Family can register for half price using promo code MNmtbFRIEND. Promo codes are case sensitive and fundraising minimums still apply.
Tour de Cure Website:
www.diabetes.org/twincitiestourdecure

Please be advised the Tour De Cure is NOT an official MN High School Cycling League event.

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The St. Cloud Jail Trail will host the second race of the 2016 season.

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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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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