Race #1: BUCK HILL Sun. Sept. 7, 2014 ▪ Team Tents Check-in Sun▪ Rear Plates - Pick Up Sun▪ Pre-Ride Dates and Times▪ Call for Volunteers - It's

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Race #1 Pre-Ride | Get ready for Buck Hill in Burnsville, MN.

Race #1: BUCK HILL

Sun. Sept. 7, 2014

Team Tents Check-in Sun
Rear Plates - Pick Up Sun
Pre-Ride Dates and Times
Call for Volunteers - It's Time!
Course Map and Start Times
Bike Raffle - Trailhead Cycle
Mt Borah Hoodie - Size Kit
Photos and Videos - Share!
2014 Full Race Schedule

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!

This is it.
We are almost there!
Take a look at the lineup for this year. MN League List of Teams

NOTE: There will be NO Wireless available to track race times.

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

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TEAM TENTS and PARKING

First come, first serve.

Coaches - PitZone opens at 7:00am tomorrow.

Team Tent Area has been mapped out and will be assigned first come, first serve.

Tent Spacing will start with a 10x10 per team. We will take into consideration team size if there is need for more than one tent space.
NOTE:
* No Tent Stakes
* No Vehicles in Team Tent Area

PARKING TIPS
Additional parking is available on the street north of Buck Hill.

NEW - REAR PLATES

Available Sun at Registration Tent

To assist with identification of racer categories, the MN League will be adding rear plates - to be handed out for Race #1 on Sunday at Registration.

Why are they needed? See the Article on Passing below.

NOTE: This Tyvek plate will be positioned on the back of the racer; not the bike.

Stop by the Registration tent - which opens at 7am - and pick up your new rear plate. Safety pins will be handed out as well.

THIS REAR PLATE WILL BE THE SAME FOR THE WHOLE SERIES!

We will have a table set aside in Registration to hand out the rear plates. THESE ARE NEEDED IN ADDITION TO YOUR BIKE RACE PLATE.

Thank you for your patience.

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Buck Hill 2012 | Hopkins Ladies

RACE #1 PRE-RIDE DATES AND TIMES AT BUCK HILL

Registered coaches and 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: Sunday Sept. 7
* Pre-Ride Opens 8:00AM
* No Riders allowed on Course after 8:15AM
* Pre-Ride Ends 8:45AM

Full Lap equals 2.8 miles.

FULL RACE DETAILS - RACE #1

We appreciate your patience.
Thank you.

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Volunteers Make the Races Happen! Thank you!

JOIN THE RACE CREW

We need VOLUNTEER POWER!

Spots are still open!

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 60-80 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!

How to Sign Up:
1. Go to the Volunteer Page on the minnesotamtb.org site.
2. Review the positions available.
3. Click on the VolunteerSpot Image.
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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We all tear down the course before awards!

COURSE MAP AND START TIMES

Get a map to the Buck Hill Course:

http://goo.gl/maps/6OaeR

Category Start Times

RACE COURSE DETAILS

LAP LENGTH = 2.8 miles

Boys
Varsity – 5 laps = 14 miles
JV – 4 laps = 11.2 miles
Soph – 3 laps = 8.4 miles
Frosh – 2 laps = 5.6 miles
Middle School – 1 lap = 2.8 miles

Girls
Varsity – 4 laps = 11.2 miles
JV – 3 laps = 8.4 miles
Frosh – 2 laps = 5.6 miles
Soph – 2 laps = 5.6 miles
Middle School – 1 lap = 2.8 miles

RACE START TIMES:

Girls -
Middle School starts at 9:05am
Varsity starts at 10:00am
JV starts at 10:03am
Sophomore starts at 10:06am
Freshman starts at 10:09am

Boys -
Middle School starts at 9:00am
Sophomore starts at Noon
Freshman starts at 12:06pm
Varsity starts at 2:00pm
JV starts at 2:03pm

Awards will be presented for each Race Category and Division.

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BIKE RAFFLE FROM TRAILHEAD CYCLE

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

Reminder, Trailhead Cycle is holding a bike raffle. 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 Buck Hill.

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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MN LEAGUE HOODIE

All-New MN League Hoodie - from our sponsor Mt. Borah!

ORDER ONLINE

Cost: $65

At the race tomorrow, we will have a size kit for you to try it on. This hoody is only available to order on the Mt. Borah website.

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PASSING - BEING PASSED

Important Tips before the First Race

DIFFERENT CATEGORY RACERS:

Passer - identify yourself as not in their category and ask politely to pass. Remember to thank and encourage the rider you are passing.
Rider being Passed - if you are being passed by someone who identifies themselves as not in your field, you don't need to stop, but move over to and let them know "I'm moving right" or "I'm moving left". It's just good sportsmanship to let a rider not in your field pass.

IT'S NEVER OK:

It's never ok to intentionally block, hit, elbow, shove, lean, or prevent the rider behind you from passing - no matter what category. See NICA Rule 6.18 below.

NICA'S RULES REGARDING PASSING:

6.15 PASSING SLOWER STUDENT-ATHLETES
When passing on the race-course, do so respectfully and only when it is as possible to do safely and without contact. Actions that compromise the safety of other student-athletes will not be tolerated. Call out when passing slower racers. “Tracking left” indicates you will be passing on their left, “tracking right” indicates you will be passing on their right. [ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]

6.16 BIKE PUSHERS MUST YIELD

Racers riding bicycles have the right of way over racers pushing bicycles. When practical, racers pushing shall stay on the least rideable portion of the trail when being passed. A racer pushing or carrying his/her bicycle can overtake a racer riding their bicycle provided they do not interfere with the student-athlete's progress. [ORANGE LEVEL CONSEQUENCES]

6.17 LAPPED STUDENT-ATHLETES MUST YIELD
Lapped student-athletes must yield to overtaking student-athletes. Student-athletes shall voice the command “Tracking left” or “Tracking right” when overtaking another. Student-athletes being passed must move over as quickly, efficiently and as safely as possible.

6.18 LEADER OWNS THE TRAIL BUT CANNOT BLOCK

In the event two student-athletes are vying for position, the leading student-athlete does not have to yield his/her position to the challenging student-athlete. However, a student-athlete may not bodily interfere with the intent to impede another student-athlete's progress. Traditional rules of racing apply: the leading student-athlete owns the trail.

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Some of the best pictures are not of the racers..... | MN League Washburn Coach Joel Woodward

PHOTOS & VIDEOS - SHARE THEM!

At race day, cameras are flashing and GoPros are capturing the sounds of the day.
CAN YOU SHARE THEM?

We would love to see your photos and videos. And, I know other people would too.

Be sure to share your photos and videos on MN League Facebook or Twitter.

Or, feel free to send them directly to Libby Hurley, Communication Director for the Minnesota League - and your photo could end up in our next newsletter! If you would like photo credit, please be sure to mention in your email.

2014 RACE SCHEDULE

Please add these dates to your calendar today!

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 - Race #1 - Buck Hill, Burnsville, MN - NEW Location
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

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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