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Recruitment Season in Full Swing - MN League Director Josh Kleve at Edina

June 2014

MN League Fall Outlook
Meet Cloud Racing Pros
Try it Out Sessions with Pro Racers - CrankSisters
Full Try it Out Schedule
Race for Free Schedule
Upcoming Team Meetings
NICA Socks for Sale
Cuyuna Lakes Festival
Hill Fest Event
Dicks - NICA Fund
2014 Schedule


Before Minnesota schools let out for the summer, many new and existing teams hold team information meetings to recruit new riders.

If you missed a meeting, don't worry, teams will continue to recruit riders over the summer, even though the pre-summer meetings were very well attended.

See MN League List of Teams

"Every meeting that I have been to this year has exceeded my expectations for attendance, existing teams are seeing their rider numbers double and our middle school program is growing steadily." said Josh Kleve, MN League Director. "We're expecting over 40 teams this year, with about 400-450 riders at the line this Fall."

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


Team Cloud Racing 2014


Northstar Grand Prix Racing Week is almost here!
June 11 - 15, 2014
5 Pro Road Races in 5 cities:
St. Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie and Stillwater.
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One of the teams participating in the Northstar Grand Prix (formally Nature Valley Grand Prix) is Cloud Racing - a professional racing team.
Learn More about Team Cloud Racing.

Meet the Women from Team Cloud Racing! Special Meet and Greet Event for MN League Student-Athletes

Where: Holiday Inn - Bloomington on I-35W
1201 W 94 Street (94th St & 35W), Bloomington, MN | Directions

When: Tues. June 10, 2014

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The Meet and Greet will happen during Racer Packet Pick-up at the hotel. Stop by and meet a professional racer from Cloud Racing! Ask questions and learn what life is like for a professional cyclist.

Remember - Wear your team jersey or MN League jersey!



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.

Thurs. June 12 – Salem Hills (Salem Park) – 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Instructor: Jenna Rinehart
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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Try it Out Sessions


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 joshua@minnesotamtb.org.

Try it Out Full Schedule

Next Date: Thurs June 12 at Salem Hills Park.

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.

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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 to race in the Citizen’s class at the following MMBS series races, for free!

Next Race: June 29th – Buck Hill Birch Bump – Burnsville, MN – Race Site.

Registration is FREE for registered MN League racers. BUT, DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE! ALL MN LEAGUE RACERS MUST REGISTER RACE DAY ONLY, prior to the beginning of the Citizen race. No mail or online registration is allowed if you wish to take part in the Race for Free program.

All student-athletes must bring a signed form and waiver to the race and present at the MN League tent prior to participating in the event.
Be sure to check CITIZEN HIGH SCHOOL on this form and waiver. DOWNLOAD FORM AND WAIVER

Full Schedule of Race for Free Events

Questions, please contact MN League Director, Josh Kleve

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Meet the new Austin Team Leaders. Want to touch base? Drop Spencer an email at spencersalmon@gmail.com


More team information meetings coming up in June. Many teams are looking for interested male or female racers, volunteers and ride leaders. Here is a list of teams and dates:

Wed. June 18
Highland Park MTB TEam

Sat. June 21
Edina MTB Team

Full Meeting Details

Need a team information meeting listed? Send an email to Libby Shea Hurley.

Watch for more meetings coming soon!

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Thank you to NICA for sending us these cool new socks! Grab a pair they are going fast!

2014 NICA Defeet Aireator High Tops
They feature tall 6" cuff, cushioned forefoot, aireator foot zones & wicking. Super comfortable, sweet design and super cozy too! Design appears on back of sock. Comes in two color options. Limited Sizes.
All proceeds benefit MN High School Cycling League.
Thank you.

Check out the MN League online store and grab some FlexFit Hats, Waterbottles or Cowbells too! START SHOPPING

WANT MN LEAGUE SOCKS? They are coming soon...and not just tall socks, short socks too.

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MN League is a Proud Advocacy Partner for Cuyuna Lakes MTB Festival - Fri. June 13 and Sat. June 14, 2014

Enjoy off-season skills building and team bonding on some of the best trails in MN! The trails will be open for riding the entire weekend with plenty of options for lodging.

For details about the weekend and to register:
Registration Information

Several MN League teams have already affirmed that they will be organizing groups for the weekend to enjoy some off-season skills building and team bonding.

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Looking for some road training...and some hills?

Head to Prescott for a ride through some of the most beautiful backcountry roads Wisconsin has to offer. Just a short drive from the Twin Cities, riders on road bikes, cross bikes and mountain bikes tackle up to 4,000 feet of elevation gain on the 100-mile course.

60-mile, 35-mile routes are also available if you're looking for a shorter ride. Plus, those with young children are invited to bring the whole family out for the 15-mile family course where kids 12 and under ride free with a registered adult.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Prescott, Wisconsin

Register and Details

Thank you to Life Time Cycle, a Gold Sponsor of the MN League.



With the support of 250 backers, a $20,000 contribution from Shimano / Pearl Izumi and broad support from the bicycle industry, NICA is thrilled to announce the procurement of a $75,000 matching grant from Dick’s Sporting Goods Sports Matter crowd funding platform. The grant - a total pull of $165,693 – will be used to support existing leagues and to help form new leagues in our mission to go Coast-to-Coast by 2020! Many thanks are extended not only to the bike industry, but to everyone who contributed to this drive. Every dollar mattered!


Please add these dates to your calendar today!

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 - Race #1 - Salem Hills, Inver Grove Heights, MN
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 - Race #2 - Jail Trail, St. Cloud, MN
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 - Race #3 - Game Haven, Rochester, MN
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 - Race #4 - Duluth Area (Trail TBD)
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 - Race #5 - State Championships: Whitetail Ridge, WI
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 - Season Awards Banquet


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 our new MN League Director Josh Kleve at joshua@minnesotamtb.org.

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