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Coaches News July 2014

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Coach Discounts
Ride Leader Training - July Dates
3rd Annual Coaches BBQ at Sjoquist's
Team Divisions
Category Placements
Try it Out Sessions
CrankSisters Event
Scholarship Program
Loaner Bikes for Student-Athletes
Send Updates


Discounts for Coaches and Student-Athletes

In appreciation for all that you do, and thanks to the generosity of NICA sponsors, we are able to offer these discounts to licensed MN League coaches and MN League student-athletes. Discounts include Specialized, Cannondale and Trek bicycles.

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The MN High School Cycling League is excited to offer additional Ride Leader Training. The Ride Leader training course will be broken into two sessions and costs $70.

Tues. July 22, 2014 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Location: TBD - St. Louis Park or Bloomington
The Risk Management and Insurance Session covers current best practices for risk management for coaches of high school mountain bike teams as established through more than 10 years of highs school mountain bike programs. It will also provide details of the insurance coverage offered by NICA to licensed coaches and registered teams.

Tues., July 29, 2014 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Location: TBD - St. Louis Park or Bloomington
MTB 101: Learn the Skills to Teach the Skills.
This clinic offers coaches the opportunity to learn the progressive steps needed to teach anyone (even yourself) both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. You will also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. Much of this workshop session is on the bike, please bring your bike and appropriate riding and safety gear for the weather.
This is a required class to obtain a NICA Head Coach license. It will also provide 3 continuing education units for currently licensed NICA coaches.


Did you attend 2014 Spring Leader Training? Due to weather, we were unable to offer MTB Skills 101. Request discount code for MTB 101 from Libby Hurley.

Questions, please contact Josh Kleve.


Come join your fellow coaches, Core Staff members, and Co-Founders Josh Kleve and Gary Sjoquist, Saturday, July 19th for the 3rd Annual MN League Coaches BBQ.

The Sjoquist's live on a lake in Apple Valley, so there's great swimming, fishing, and networking available on our 2500+ sq feet of multiple levels of decking overlooking lake Lac LaVon in Apple Valley. Food and beverages provided, but please bring something interesting for a desert.

We'll have hamburgers, turkey burgers, brats, beans, chips at 5 pm. Free beer and wine, too. Great fishing for little ones off our dock, and both a floating dock and Rave floating trampoline for energetic types. Lac LaVon is spring fed, crystal clear, deep, and full of fish, so it's a great place to hang out with both new and experienced coaches from the MN League. Brief meeting at 4 pm, with a Q&A session to follow. If you have burning questions about our league, the races, middle schoolers, D1/D2, etc., this is the perfect time to get some answers. Come and hang with those who built the league, developed our teams, and run our program.

Location - Sjoquist Household, 15972 Hyland Point Ct., Apple Valley, MN 55124
Time - 4 pm to 7 pm, with a brief meeting at 4 pm hosted by MN League Director Josh Kleve. Come get updates on the MN League and spend time talking with coaches.
Food - provided, but please bring an interesting desert
Who - all coaches and family, but not student athletes from your teams unless they are children of coaches. Assistant Coaches and Ride Leaders also invited.
RSVP - please let Gary know if how many will attend so we can plan. Either email Gary at or call 612 386-9630 by 9 pm on July 18th.
Rain or Shine - we have lots of room and tents on two large decks, so even if it's raining we can hang and mingle. Don't let bad weather keep you **away! We're also 15 minutes from Murphy or Lebanon, so you can squeeze in a ride and still get to our party.


Not sure what division you are in? Quick breakdown of the MN League division structures.


Each MN League registered team has been set in the Pit Zone with their division based on the anticipated size of your team. If your division is incorrect, please contact Josh Kleve ( to have it corrected.

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The week of July 7th, we will be finalizing the category placements for returning riders. For questions about the category upgrades, please reference rule 3.7 (page 11) of the NICA rule book. Final Category Placements will be announced the week of July 14th.


All athletes are allowed to submit a petition to move up or down in category. The petition must be completed and signed by the athlete, coach and parent before being submitted to the competition committee.


With the introduction of middle school athletes, a reminder, middle-schoolers may petition to race in the Freshman – Varsity classes. These will only be granted for student-athletes with past racing experience, and their results should be supplied as part of the petition process.

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Give mountain biking a try, whether it’s your first time or you just want to meet other racers! Bring your own bike or use one of the demo bikes that will be available provided by the MN High School Cycling League.

Thanks to Erik's Bike and Board Shop and Penn Cycle, for donating bikes to create our MN League fleet - we have an awesome selection for student-athletes to try out and borrow for races. Helmets, donated by the MN High School Cycling League, will also be available. Teams outside of the metro area can request a try-it-out session by e-mailing

Try it Out Full Schedule

Next Date: Thurs July 10 at Carver Lakes in Woodbury, MN. Directions

Events start at 6PM, it is recommended student-athletes show up 15 minute early to register. No pre-registration is required, but a signed waiver must be provided before riding.

Full Try it Out Session Details and Waiver.



Crank Sisters Mountain Bike Try it Out Session are open to GIRLS, no racing experience required. Please note, boys may attend and try out the bikes, but we are having open skill sessions with past Pro MTB Bike Racers for girls only at the event. Cost: FREE!

Helmets required. Attendees should bring their own bike in good working order if possible. Attendees must be at least in the Seventh Grade for the 2014-2015 school year.

Dates: Registration is not required.

Wed. July 23 – Salem Hills (Salem Park) – 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Instructor: Kyia Anderson

WAIVER REQUIRED: Full Details and Download Waiver

Recommended student-athletes show up 15 minutes early.

Salem Hills - in the Inver Grove Heights area. Directions: Take I-494 to the Robert Street Exit #67. Turn Right onto South Robert Trail/MN-3 South. Turn Left onto Upper 55th Street East. Asher Avenue will be on your right – take this road directly to the parking lot.

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We are committed to making our events (races, camps, and classes) accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.


If awarded a scholarship, you or your student-athlete should be prepared to write a letter explaining how the scholarship benefited all involved. Identity will be kept confidential at your request.

Scholarship Agreement
With the generous sponsorship from the NICA Booster Fund, we are able to provide these scholarship funds.

Application Deadline: Aug. 31, 2014




With significant donations from Penn Cycle and Erik’s Bikes and Boards, the Minnesota High School League has a fleet of 15 loaner bikes.

Starting August 1st, we will take requests from student-athletes that do not have a bike and cannot afford one.

We ask that student-athletes work with the coach of their team to see if bikes are available within the team, and if not, then contact Josh Kleve ( to request one.

Loaner bike requests will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Student-Athletes: Please include your approximate frame size or your height and inseam when sending request to Josh Kleve.

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Send Updates

Please do share your team updates and activities with Libby Hurley at

Pass on any upcoming team info nights, SingleTrack High Showings, fundraisers or registration nights.

Pass on team numbers and achievements that can be included in our SingleTrack Times. We have over 50 media writers on our email list - and they are always looking for new story ideas!

Or, post them to your social channels and be sure to tag MN Facebook or Twitter! Questions, on this - please send Libby an email

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