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July MTB 101 Training - Pictured in front: Mankato Coaches Casey and Mike

August 2014

Pre-Season Countdown
Scholarship Deadline
Rider Registration Contest
NICA President
NICA Coach Licensing Manager
State Fair Event with AAA
Bike Raffle
CrankSisters Meet/Greet
Team Highlight
Race #4 Location Change
Sponsors

PRE-SEASON COUNTDOWN

Summer is winding down, practices are in full swing and there are just over 4 weeks until the first race of the MN League 2014 season.

Dust off those cowbells - race season is almost here!

Take a look at the lineup for this year. MN League List of Teams

Not only do we have new teams, but new communities as part of our league. To name a few: Mankato, Highland Park, Bemidji, Faribault, Mendota Heights and even Hudson, WI...since they are just over the border...

As time draws closer to the start of the season, teams are scrambling to get training rides in and to get their riders registered to race!

Remember, first race is Sun. Sept. 7 at Salem Hills. We look forward to seeing all the new faces and the familiar faces back for another season of fun...and mountain bike racing.

Race Details and Deadlines for the Sept. 7 race will be posted the week of Aug. 11, 2014 to the minnesotamtb.org website.

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

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NICA Booster Funds

SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Reminder to coaches, parents and student-athletes - deadline for submission of the NICA Booster Fund Scholarship applications is Aug. 31, 2014.

Due to the limited amount of scholarship funds, we would like to ensure that the racers, coaches or volunteers
who receive financial support, commit to participation in ALL 5 races of the 2014 season. With the generous sponsorship from the NICA Booster Fund, we are able to provide these scholarship funds.

LEARN MORE AND DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

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NICA RIDER REGISTRATION CONTEST

Complete your rider registration and win equipment from NICA Sponsors that will allow you to train harder, race faster, and have even more swagger.

Make sure you are entered to win one of these great prizes by completing registration by Mon. August 25, 2014. NICA will be giving away each of the following items to randomly selected qualified riders. 16 chances to win in all!

You’ll be lookin’ sharp if you win one of these prizes!
1 SRAM Gear Bag - Swag bag super-sized!
4 pairs cool NICA socks - sweet!

How about some swag to get you through the race?
2 sets Maxxis tubes and tires - Ready to roll!
4 sets of Enduro gloves - There’s nothing like nice new gloves!
3 Pro MTB multi-tool and tire irons- For the quick fix on the trail.
2 CamelBaks - Stay hydrated all race long.

To qualify a rider must:

Pre-registered and paid for at least 1 NICA race in the series;
Payment must be received (online or by check);
Signed paperwork must be received (this packet will be emailed to you for printing and signing after you register online.
Drop them in the mail, e- mail to registration@nationalmtb.org, or fax forms to the NICA office 510-779-5597)

Deadline to be fully registered and qualify for this promotion is August 25, 2014. Winners will be announced Wednesday August 27.

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Meet Jerry Pomije, guy on the left. New NICA Board President and QBP VP of Operations and Finance.

NICA BOARD PRESIDENT

NICA recently voted in a new President for their Board of Directors. We were thrilled to learn that Jerry Pomije was voted in as the new President.

As a Senior Executive for Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) since 1997, Jerry helped QBP rapidly grow into one of the most successful and respected companies in the bike industry. He is excited to share his skills in vision, strategy, execution, finance and operations to help NICA grow.

With many mainstream high school sports limited to a select few athletes, Jerry’s vision for NICA is to see it grow into a new inclusive mainstream nationwide high school sport. NICA brings a great opportunity to engage kids in a healthy life long sport and lifestyle.

Welcome Jerry - we look forward to helping you make your vision a reality!

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Left to right; Bruce Martens, Chris Spencer, Austin McInerny and Eric Russell

NEW - COACH LICENSING MANAGER FOR NICA

NICA growth is evident with 13 state leagues...but their office is also growing.

Bruce Martens, the MN Coaching Director, has accepted a new role at NICA.

Bruce Martens will be joining the NICA team as the NICA Coach Licensing Manager. Many of you know Bruce from his tireless efforts before and on each race day since the start of the MN League.

Bruce will bring his talents, insights, and leadership experience to NICA. We wish him all the best. But the good news, he is working remotely from Minnesota and will stay on as our Coaching Director!

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Prep 45 Day at the MN State Fair with Silver Sponsor AAA

PREP 45 DAY WITH AAA

AAA has selected the MN High School Cycling League to join them at the Minnesota State Fair on Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at "Prep 45 Day", presented by KSTC-TV, Channel 45 to celebrate high school sports in Minnesota.

Watch for more details coming soon!

The MN High School Cycling League is excited to represent high school sports at the MN State Fair with their returning Silver Sponsor AAA, a not-for-profit motoring and leisure travel organization that is dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of their travelers.

“Minnesota has a growing reputation as one of the preeminent states for cycling and AAA’s is pleased to help the sport grow among our youth,” said Gail Weinholzer, Director of Public Affairs, AAA Minnesota/Iowa.

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BIKE RAFFLE FROM TRAILHEAD CYCLE

Thank you to Trailhead Cycle, a new Bronze Sponsor of the MN League.

This month they are holding a bike raffle at their bike shop in Champlin and at their events. Purchase a $5 ticket and be entered to win a Giant Tempt 4 mountain bike! All proceeds from the raffle will go to the MN League. Winner will be drawn and announced at the Sept.7 race at Salem Hills.

Stop by their shop today!
Trailhead Cycling and Fitness
11350 Aquila Drive South.
Champlin, MN
763-712-0312
http://www.trailheadcycling.com/

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CALLING ALL CRANKSISTERS!

The Washburn and MPLS Southside girls would like to invite their fellow middle and high school female racers to an event on September 6, 2014 at Salem Hills.

The purpose of the event is to get to know each other a little better before the first race and to build camaraderie, especially for the riders that don't have many girls on their team.

Meet 1 hour before pre-ride opens on Sat. Sept. 6. Pre-Ride will open at 1:00PM, ladies (coaches, riders and volunteers) meet at Noon.

Contact Tonja Sahaydak at tonjasahaydak@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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NEW TEAM - ST. CROIX COMPOSITE

Take a look at their new jerseys! St. Croix Composite is ready for the fun this Fall.

With 6 coaches and 24 kids registered - we are excited to watch this new team at the line.

Questions for the Team?
Contact Cathy McDonald, Team Director for the
St. Croix Composite Mountain Bike Team
hudsonmountainbike@gmail.com
715-377-9982

2014 RACE SCHEDULE

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 - Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN - NEW Location
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 - Race #5 - State Championships: Whitetail Ridge, WI
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 - Season Awards Banquet

RACE #4: DULUTH RACE MOVED TO MT. KATO
Due to unprecedented MN league growth, the MN league has decided to move the Duluth race to Mt. Kato, in Mankato, MN. During our latest course check last week, it was apparent with the increase in ridership, the slated venue in Duluth will not meet the league’s needs.

Our number one goal is to provide a safe venue and racecourse. The MN league is working with various groups in Duluth, including the Duluth team, to help develop a venue for future seasons. The Minnesota High School Cycling League is a state wide organization and we are committed to holding races from border-to-border.

Mt. Kato will replace Duluth on the calendar. We will be using the standard course (not the varsity lap) from last season at Mt. Kato.

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

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