2017 RACE #4 Whitetail Ridge, River Falls WI

Race Weekend: Saturday September 30th - Sunday October 1st 2017

In this issue:

▪ Race Registration Deadlines
▪ Pre-Ride Dates and Times
▪ Call for Volunteers -We need you!
▪ 2017 Awards Nominations and Ceremony
▪ Thank our sponsors!
▪ Buy League Swag!
▪ 2017 Race Schedule
Race Registration Deadlines
Pre-Ride Dates and Times
Call for Volunteers -We need you!
2017 Awards Nominations and Ceremony
Thank our sponsors!
Buy League Swag!
2017 Race Schedule

Race weekend is almost here!

Are you ready to race up the Jeep trail at Whitetail Ridge in River Falls?
Race #4 for 2017!


Take a look at the team lineup for this year. MN League

Be sure to follow the MN League on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.



Are You Race Ready?

Online registration closes at midnight TUESDAY SEPT 26TH. Check your dashboard in the NICA Pit Zone to see if you are fully registered and ready for the race at River Falls, Oct.1st 2017!

To be Race Ready:
1. You 2017 season registration must be complete and payment received.
2. Check your race status. If it says “Registered” you are good to go. If this field is blank, you still need to order and pay for the race. “Pending means we still have not received your payment.

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On-site race is registration will be available at Noon Saturday Sept.30th. A late fee of $10 late applies. Contact NICA Registration Services ( with questions or problems.

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Whitetail Ridge promises plenty of climbing and plenty of challenges.


Registered coaches, 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.


Pre- Ride: Saturday Sept. 30TH
* Registration Opens at 1PM
* Pre-Ride Opens 1:00PM
* No Riders allowed on course after 3:15PM
* Pre-Ride Ends 4:00PM

Pre-Ride: Sunday Oct. 1st
* Pre-Ride Opens 7:30AM
* Registration Opens at 8:00AM
* No Riders allowed on course after 8:00 AM

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Smiles are guaranteed when you volunteer for a race!


Volunteers make the Minnesota league run! Please sign up for a volunteer shift for River Falls this weekend and help our kids have a great race! We've got less than 50% of our spots filled, signup now to get your choice of jobs and times. If you have not signed a volunteer waiver - sign in, do it online, and save some time checking in on Race Weekend. Thanks for volunteering!

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 130-160 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!

New Offer for Course Marshalls

There are some volunteer roles that take an extra bit of effort. They have long hours and are in the weather. The static course marshal is a race-day volunteer is our eyes and ears on the course, spending 4 hours making sure our event runs smoothly and that all student-athletes are safe. These folks have the best seat in the venue to watch the race, but do give up a long portion of their race day.

The league wants to reward those course marshals willing to put in the time with a free race entry. Volunteer at race 1 and your son/daughter’s race 2 is free! Upon the completion of your shift, when you turn in all your gear, the head course marshal will collect your information and the rider number you wish to apply a race to. This is a season long program but slots will fill up fast!

Note: This does not apply to roving marshals, sweeps or the marshal assistant.

How to Sign Up:
1. Go to the Volunteer page on the site.
2. Review the positions available.
3. Click on the Volunteer button on the right side of the page.
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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It's rumored that this man might sing at this year's awards ceremony.


Even though all of our coaches, volunteers and athletes are all outstanding – we are asking the MN League community to nominate individuals for the following awards (see 3 categories, listed below). Now is the time to show your appreciation!

All award nominations must be submitted by midnight Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.

To nominate a person for any of the awards listed below, please e-mail with the person’s name, team, the award you are nominating them for and a short explanation as to why you think they should receive the award. Season Awards are as follows:

Coach of the Year & Assistant Coach of the Year:
The Minnesota High School Cycling League ‘Coach of the Year’ and ‘Assistant Coach of the Year’ Award recognizes two outstanding coaches annually... (read more)

Athletes with Heart:
The ‘Athletes with Heart’ Award is an given to one male and one female student-athlete of each who best exemplifies one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship...(read more)

Volunteer Power Award:
The Volunteer Power’ Award is an given to a volunteer who has gone above the call of duty to help with a team, at the races or to help spread the word about the MN High School League and their teams.

Reminder of event details:
We invite all to attend an evening to reflect on the past season and celebrate the accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and of course, their parents!
Date: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, Ceremony begins at 7:00pm
Where: Northrup Auditorium, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus



Take a minute to review our growing list of national and local sponsors (see images 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 AND NATIONAL NICA SPONSORS

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Minnesota League swag is way cooler than Wisconsin League swag. Just say'n.


Our online store is now open. You can purchase swag to support and promote your favorite mountain bike league (don't tell us we're not!) online if you forgot during race weekend. Pay close attention to the shipping dates for jerseys. So now there's no excuse: buy our swag at the races or online and support #morekidsonbikes!

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If you're not smiling during a race you're not trying!


Here's what's left of the season:

Regular League Season:

10/1 - River Falls, WI, White Tail Ridge
10/15 - Duluth, Spirit Mountain

State Championships
10/28-29- Mankato, Mt. Kato,

Take a look at the Championship Race Flyer !
- The schedule has now been posted for the 2 day State Championship!

Team Season is 5 of the 6 races.

All teams and all racers participate in the State Championship.

Awards Ceremony:
November 10th- Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 7PM

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Final Note

As always, check the MN League web site: for more information. Questions can be directed to our new MN League Director Josh Kleve at

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