Vol. 5, No. 6 IN THIS ISSUE... ▪ We have a new website!▪ Last call for the Summer Development Camps▪ 2016 Try-It-Out Sessions▪ Teen Trail Corps▪

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Vol. 5, No. 6

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The 2016 race season is just around the corner!

IN THIS ISSUE...

We have a new website!
Last call for the Summer Development Camps
2016 Try-It-Out Sessions
Teen Trail Corps
Race for free with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series

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

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Let us know what you think of our new website.

Check out our new website!!

The design is cleaner, leaner with the goal of a better user experience. We also added a blog so we can report on stories we feel you'll find interesting. Let us know what you think!

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We have plenty of supervised activities planned for the 2016 Minnesota Rider Development Camps.

Last Call for the Minnesota Rider Development Summer Camps

Time is literally running out! We have a few spots available for each camp.
To register now please email Camp Director and NICA National Coaching Manager Bruce Martens at bruce@nationalmtb.org.

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 have space available for riders in these two camp sessions:

July 17th – July 20th
August 14th – August 17th

Age Groups: 13-18 years (grades 7 – 12)

Experience: Beginner - 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: $399
ALL CAMPERS MUST BE "RACE READY" IN THE PIT ZONE FOR THE 2016 SEASON PRIOR TO ATTENDING CAMP.

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We guarantee a good time at the League's Try-It-Out sessions, especially if Martha Flynn is coaching!

2016 Try-It-Out Sessions

We have only 1 session left!
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 promptly at 6PM. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to arrive at least 30 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
July 25th- Elm Creek- Maple Grove

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

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There's one last free opportunity to race with the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series!

Race for Free in River Falls!

**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. 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.
•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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Want to insure your trails remain open? Pay it forward and volunteer with MORC and the Teen Trail Corps!

We need your help.
Do you love riding the IMBA recognized trails throughout Minnesota? Here's a chance to insure they remain noted, fun, and open. Volunteer with your team on trail work days and register with NICA's and IMBA's latest initiative, the Teen Trail Corps.
The Teen Trail Corps seeks to build responsible trail advocacy amongst the NICA student athletes through partnering with the local IMBA chapters, such as MORC.
Student athletes can volunteer directly with MORC or through team trail building days. Once a student achieves 10 hours of volunteering they will be rewarded with a MORC-IMBA youth membership; thereby supporting MORC’s mission locally, and IMBA’s efforts nationwide. This program is expected to further develop to include additional incentives as well as volunteer opportunities outside of trail work to align with the national Teen Trail Corps partnership reached between the International Mountain Bicycling Association and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

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Exhausted but smiling. That's the way we like our student athletes.

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

Awards Ceremony:
11/6 - Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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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