OCTOBER NEWS Season Championship Weekend, Sat. Oct. 25 - Sun. Oct. 26, 2014 ▪ Race #5 - Pre-Ride Dates and Times▪ Season Championship Bonus Points

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Ashley Ball (Prior Lake) and Claire Benton (Hopkins) | Mt. Kato

OCTOBER NEWS

Season Championship Weekend, Sat. Oct. 25 - Sun. Oct. 26, 2014

Race #5 - Pre-Ride Dates and Times
Season Championship Bonus Points
Call for Volunteers - It's Time!
Season Awards Ceremony
Bike Winner - Trailhead Cycle
Bike Winner - Specialized Fat Bike
FB4K Throwdown - Earn Free Bikes!
Mt Borah Hoody - Order Online
MORC Annual Gala
Photos and Videos - Share!

WHITETAIL RIDGE | RACE #5

We are almost to the fifth race of the series and the season championship! Competition has been fierce with the influx of new teams from all over Minnesota and the excitement is building to see who will take the Overall Leader Hardware in every category.

At this time last year, the MN League supported 26 teams with just under 300 riders. Wrapping up the 2014 season, we have 41 teams and over 400 racers ready to race!

Get your cowbells ready for Whitetail Ridge in River Falls, WI!

RIVER FALLS LODGING DISCOUNTS
The MN League has secured discounted lodging through the River Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Best Western Campus Inn (formerly Riverview Hotel & Suites) – www.riverviewhotelandsuites.com - Ph. (715) 425-1045; receive $25 off a standard room (i.e. $95.99 plus tax); hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool and free continental breakfast.

Country Inn River Falls – http://countryinn-riverfalls.com – Ph. (715) 425-9500; receive $30 off any standard room (i.e. $89.99 plus tax); hotel features indoor pool & free, gourmet breakfast.

Econo Lodge – www.econolodge.com – Ph. (715) 425-8388; receive $20 off any standard room (i.e. $69.00 plus tax); hotel features indoor pool & free continental breakfast.

Kinni Creek Lodge – www.kinnicreek.com - Ph. (715) 425-7378; the three-bedroom vacation cottage sleeps 7 - 9 people, includes a living & dining room, a fully-furnished kitchen & more.

To take advantage of these special offers, mention the “Minnesota High School Cycling League Friends & Family Discount” when making your reservation.

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

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Jail Trail Finish Line

RACE #5 PRE-RIDE DATES AND TIMES AT WHITETAIL RIDGE

Registered coaches and high school and middle school racers are able to pre-ride the course. Only racers who have REGISTERED AND HAVE RACE NUMBERS DISPLAYED ON THEIR BIKE can pre-ride before the race.

Be sure to pre-ride and get to know the course before your race!

Pre-Ride: Saturday, Oct. 25
* Pre-Ride Opens 1:00PM
* No Riders allowed on Course after 3:15PM
* Pre-Ride Ends 4:00pm

Pre-Ride: Sunday Oct. 26
* Pre-Ride Opens 8:00AM
* No Riders allowed on Course after 8:15AM
* Pre-Ride Ends 8:45AM

Full Lap equals 4.3 miles.

FULL RACE DETAILS - RACE #5

See you at Whitetail Ridge!

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We all tear down the course before awards!

SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP BONUS POINTS

Student-athletes are able to earn bonus points by racing in the final race of the series and for racing in all 5 races.

BONUS POINTS FOR ALL CATEGORIES
All finishers at the State Championship are awarded Race Bonus Points as follows:

50 points for 1st place (49 points for 2nd, 48 points for 3rd, . . . 3 points for 48th, 2 points for 49th, 1 point for 50th, and 1 point for each finisher thereafter).

BONUS POINTS FOR COMPLETING ALL RACES
All High School and Middle School student-athletes who complete each and every race in a season shall be awarded an additional 25 Season Bonus Points. NOTE: Season Bonus Points are not added to points scored in the final race nor are they added into the team score.

OVERALL INDIVIDUAL SERIES SCORING
Overall Series scoring for individual high school and middle school racer is based on the best 4 of 5 in a five race series, the lowest score is dropped.

TEAM SCORES
A team’s overall placement is based on team point totals for an entire point series (lowest score is not dropped).

Questions, please contact Tim Walsh, our Chief Referee.

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Volunteers Make the Races Happen! Thank you!

JOIN THE RACE CREW

We need VOLUNTEER POWER!

Spots are still open!

Join the Race Crew and volunteer your time at a race this year. Helping with scoring, handing out water, course marshal and the popular "sweep" position - all are important and we need 60-80 people to make these races work.

Suggestion: 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!

How to Sign Up:
1. Go to the Volunteer Page on the minnesotamtb.org site.
2. Review the positions available.
3. Click on the VolunteerSpot Image.
4. You will be taken to a different website where you can sign up to volunteer!

Thank you - we appreciate your support!

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Prior Lake Team Member at Game Haven Race

SEASON AWARDS CEREMONY

Come celebrate the conclusion of the 2014 Race Series at the MN League 2014 Awards Ceremony.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
When: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Main Street, Hopkins, MN 55343
Cost: FREE. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Full Details and Agenda

Who’s Invited: Racers, parents, coaches, family members, volunteers

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BIKE RAFFLE FROM TRAILHEAD CYCLE

Thank you to Trailhead Cycle, a new Bronze Sponsor of the MN League.

At the Jail Trail race this year, Trailhead Cycle drew a winner for the Giant Mountain Bike. Trailhead Cycle sold $5 raffle tickets and raised enough to provide $1,500 dollars for the MN League! Bike Winner: Steve Kalbow, Coach for the Chaska and Chanhassen Teams.

Stop by their shop and thank them today for their support!
Trailhead Cycling and Fitness
11350 Aquila Drive South.
Champlin, MN
763-712-0312
http://www.trailheadcycling.com/

PEYTON BIKEWINNER

Peyton Chiotti (Hutchinson) is the big winner at the live auction!

BIKE AUCTION - SPECIALIZED FAT BOY BIKE

At the Game Haven race, we held an auction for a 2014 Specialized Fat Boy Bike, donated by Specialized Bicycles.

Winner: Peyton Chiotti, racer for Hutchinson Tigers. Peyton's father, Keith, was thrilled to provide another bike for his family. Since Peyton has joined the Hutchinson Tigers team, their whole family has started biking and are loving it!

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FreeBikes4KIds Executive Director Terry Esau

THROWDOWN FOR FREE BIKES

FreeBikes4Kidz is challenging our teams to a Throwdown Contest.

FreeBikes4Kids needs volunteers to clean and fix bikes at the FreeBikes4Kidz Fridley warehouse just off 694.

THROWDOWN CONTEST- the three Minnesota High School Cycling teams to bring in the most volunteer wrenchers between now and Dec 7th will earn free bikes for their TEAM! Come on up and join the fun!

WATCH VIDEO

NOTE: Watch the video to learn all the details. Note, volunteer hours can be parents, friends of the team as well.

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Order online today at Mt. Borah!

MN LEAGUE HOODY

All-New MN League Hoody - from our sponsor Mt. Borah!

ORDER ONLINE

Cost: $65

This hoody is not available for sale at the races or the MN League online store. This hoody can only be ordered on the Mt. Borah website.

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MORC ANNIVERSARY GALA

Save the date for MORC's Anniversary Gala on Nov. 9th, 2014 at Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.

With 2 bike parks and 85 miles of singletrack in the Twin Cities Metro area, MORC provides many opportunities for our community to enjoy the ride. This year they'll be adding and improving trails at Bertram Chain of Lakes, Lake Rebecca and Theodore Wirth, additionally Cottage Grove Bike Park will be hosting it's grand opening later this year.

GET DETAILS | ORDER TICKETS

This gala is a fundraiser to help MORC continue their efforts to build and maintain trails.
Live and Silent Auctions!

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Some of the best pictures are not of the racers..... | MN League Washburn Coach Joel Woodward

PHOTOS & VIDEOS - SHARE THEM!

At race day, cameras are flashing and GoPros are capturing the sounds of the day.
CAN YOU SHARE THEM?

We would love to see your photos and videos. And, I know other people would too.

Be sure to share your photos and videos on MN League Facebook or Twitter.

Or, feel free to send them directly to Libby Hurley, Communication Director for the Minnesota League - and your photo could end up in our next newsletter! If you would like photo credit, please be sure to mention in your email.

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

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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