Vol 4, No. 1 PRE-SEASON PLANNING ▪ 2015 Race Schedule ▪ Leaders' Summit - March '15 ▪ NICA Awards Winners ▪ Try it Out Sessions ▪ CrankSisters U

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Vol 4, No. 1

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Dylan Anderson (Crosby Ironton) | Mankato 2014 Photo Credit: Todd Bauer, tmbimages.com

PRE-SEASON PLANNING

▪ 2015 Race Schedule
▪ Leaders' Summit - March '15
▪ NICA Awards Winners
▪ Try it Out Sessions
▪ CrankSisters Update
▪ Coach & Athlete Summer Camp
▪ St. Croix Team Info Night
▪ NICA Webinar Schedule
▪ Mt Borah Hoody - Order Online
▪ Winter Biking Events

START LINE FOR 2015

The starting line is getting closer. Just a few months away to the official start of the season on July 1, 2015.

Minnesota - we are getting underway for Season 4 of the MN High School Cycling League!

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

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2015 RACE SCHEDULE

Preliminary league venues and dates are subject to change.

Sun. Sept. 13 - Jail Trail - St. Cloud, MN
Sun. Sept. 20 - Trail in Development - Austin, MN
Sun. Oct. 4 - GameHaven Trail - Rochester, MN
Sun. Oct. 11 - Cuyuna Trails - Cuyuna Lakes, MN
Sun. Oct. 25 - Mt. Kato - Mankato, MN

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MN League Spring Leaders' Summit 2014

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MN League Spring Leaders' Summit 2014 | Bill Welsh, Coach, Armstrong Cycle Club (left) Josh Kleve, MN League Director

LEADERS SUMMIT 2015

REGISTER TODAY!

Dates: Sat. March 21 & Sun. March 22, 2015.
Location: Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)
Bloomington, MN 55438

Early Bird Discount - Register by Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 and save up to $25!

We encourage all coaches from last year to attend the 2015 Leaders Summit, as well as those looking to direct, coach,or become involved in any way.

Individuals from other states are welcome to attend. Plus, there are no prerequisites or coaching experience required! Just a passion to get kids on bikes.

The primary goal for the Leaders’ Summit is to license parents and adults as new coaches for the MN League. In addition, training is offered for ride leaders, assistant coaches, or volunteers. This is an ideal opportunity for new and seasoned coaches to share thoughts and opinions – and the perfect environment to get charged up for the coming season.

NOTE: Hours attending the Leaders' Summit will go toward the coaching certification process.

REGISTER TODAY
There are one or two day options, however, we recommend new coaches attend both days:

Saturday, March 21, 2015 $70. After 2/27/15 - $80.
Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2015 $100. After 2/27/15 - $125.

Early Bird Registration ends on Fri. Feb. 27, 2015 Midnight. After this date, online registration will close on Fri. March 20, 2015.

Questions about the Coach Licensing Process?

Reminder: Attending a NICA Leaders’ Summit is a requirement for obtaining a NICA Coaches License at the level of Head Coach or Assistant Coach.

Questions, please direct them to Josh Kleve, MN League Director.

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NICA AWARDS 2014

The MN High School Cycling League (MNHSCL) was honored to have four individuals recognized at the 2014 National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Awards, held at the Clif Bar & Company headquarters, Emeryville, California, January 24, 2015.

Take a look see the MN Award Winners!

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Try-it-Out at Salem Hills 2014

TRY IT OUT DEMOS

Wednesdays are the day!

The Try-it-Out Demos are back!
We will have our first session on Wed. May 20 and our last session on Wed. July 29, 2015.

Dates and Locations have now been finalized!

TRY-IT-OUT SCHEDULE

CRANKSISTER DATES
Plus, 5 DATES have been selected as Cranksister dates! NOTE: Boys and girls can both attend on these try-it-out session dates. But, we will have open skill sessions at the same time with Experienced Women MTB Bike Racers for girls only.

What happens at a Try-it-Out Demo?
Meet members and coaches of a team, go for a ride with other racers and give mountain biking a try, whether it’s your first time or you just want to meet other racers! You can bring your own bike or use one of the demo bikes that will be available provided by the MN High School Cycling League.

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Martha Flynn, New CrankSisters Director

CRANKSISTERS 2015

Let's go Ladies!

CrankSisters Women's Initiative Program is getting started for 2015 under the direction of Martha Flynn. That's right. Our Chief Course Marshal will be stepping into a new role as the CrankSisters Director. Our new Chief Course Marshal will be Mark McCubbin. Thank you Mark!

▪ Martha is working now on several CrankSisters initiatives for 2015 - watch for updates.

▪ She has had HUGE support already from within the women's mountain bike community. Tney are all eager to support and be involved in CrankSisters initiatives.

▪ Look for details of CrankSisters social events later this Winter and Spring.

"I can barely contain my enthusiasm about this new opportunity," said Martha Flynn, CrankSisters Director. "Getting more girls on bikes is a passion of mine and the support I have had from the strong, fun and committed women in the MN mountain bike community already is thrilling and exciting! Get ready ladies, the work of channeling this energy has begun - and I will need your help!"

Are you interested in helping out?
Submit this form and let Martha know how you want to help.

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Post Ride - Cuyuna Camp with Edina Team | 2014

SUMMER MTB CAMP

Save the Dates!
The MN High School Cycling League will be offering a summer camp in the Cuyuna Lakes Area the first weekend of June (Sat. June 6 - Wed. June 10). There will be sessions for coaches and students designed for various skill levels.

We are working on arranging transportation as well - stay tuned!

Watch for more updates coming in Feb 2015.

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TEAM INFORMATION NIGHT

Registration Night: Tuesday March 17, 2015 at the Hudson YMCA spin room from 6-8pm.

St. Croix Composite Team will be accepting students from 7th grade through 12th grade to support a Middle School and a High School Team.

They are also looking for younger students for a development team. They will be accepting all students from Western WI.

Tell your friends! Spread the word! Come and sign up!

Learn more about the St. Croix Team.

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NICA WEBINAR SERIES

NICA is excited to offer the following free webinars to develop coaching skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. All webinars provide 1.5 Continuing Education Units. While new coaches and volunteers are encouraged to participate, these webinars are not intended to be a substitute for attending a Leaders’ Summit, which are held annually by each League. Registration is required to participate in a webinar.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

▪ Advanced Coaching Series Kick Off: Theoretical Orientation, Paradigms, and The Biopsychosocial Model - Thurs. Jan. 29, 2015 - 5:00pm PST

▪ Registration and the NICA Rule Book 101 - Thurs. Feb. 26, 2015 - 5:00pm PST

More Seminars will be coming online in February.

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Order online today at Mt. Borah!

MN LEAGUE HOODY

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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KEEP BIKING ALL WINTER

Winter Biking Events
There are a number of great winter biking events coming up - so, stay outside and keep pedaling.

Sun. Feb. 1, 2015
Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet - Ride is now full - but head out and cheer the racers on!

Fri. Feb 6 - Sat. Feb 8, 2015
Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout

Sat. Feb. 7, 2015
Frozen Frolic Winter Mountain Bike Race Series

Sat. Feb. 14, 2015
Fatbike Frozen 40

There are quite a few more events going on - be sure to check MN Bike Trail Navigator for the full listing.

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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