March 2019

Programs: Grit Update


Review the latest information and events to learn how to participate and support the MN GRiT program. Get involved today and show your GRiT! We need your help.

Meet and Greet Events

MN GRiT will be hosting two Meet & Greets for women interested in learning more about the GRiT Program and volunteer opportunities. Your support, feedback and ideas are an integral part of GRiT MN, and we can't do it without your help! No registration required to attend.

Meet & Greets will be held at:

Erik's Bike Shop Bloomington (MN League Sponsor) Headquarters.
Address: 9201 Penn Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55431

- Thursday, April 4th: 6:30-7:30pm
- Wednesday, May 1st: 6:30-7:30pm

GRiT Pre-Season Social MTB Rides

GRiT will be hosting pre-season social rides at various locations for female athletes in the league. If weather is not in our favor, we will move to paved trails, depending on the venue.

Registration and locations for these rides coming soon! Check out the MN League online event calendar for updates.

Social Ride Dates

All rides will be from 6-8pm on Thursdays.

▪ May 9th
▪ May 23rd
▪ June 6th
▪ June 13
▪ June 20th
▪ June 27

GRiT Beginner Skill Clinics for Women

GRiT would like to help develop female ride leaders and coaches to help many of our teams. If you are interested in helping your team as a on-the-bike volunteer or coach, attend one of the introductory skills clinics.

The following dates are tentatively planned:
- Sat. June 1st: 9am-1pm
- Sat. June 29th: 9am-1pm

Registration coming soon - watch for details on our website.

Coach Volunteers

GRiT needs licensed coaches to assist with pre-season rides! Please contact if you would like to ride with us!

Make sure you are following us on Instagram (NICAGRiTMN) and Facebook (NICA GRiT Minnesota).

News Published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on March, 20, 2019

Registration: 2019 Race Registration Payment Options - Super Pass


New for 2019 is the introduction of a Super Pass payment option for race registration.

NEW! SUPER PASS: Pay a package price of $150 for all five races + one-time league fee.

Total Cost: One-time NICA/MN League Fee ($100) + Super Pass Fee ($150) = $250. The Super Pass option will be available for purchase by July 1, 2019.

  • The cost of the Super Pass is equivalent to the cost of registering online for 3 races (Pay By Race).
  • The $150 Super Pass must be purchased Online and by Tuesday August 22, 2019, before Midnight (the first race PIT ZONE deadline).
  • If a racer misses the SuperPass Purchase Deadline, they will Pay By Race.

PAY BY RACE: The option to pay for each race is still available. Race registration can be done online or at the race venue with a late fee.

Total Cost: One-time $100 NICA/MN League Fee. Then, each race is $50 (or $60 if paying onsite at the race).

For example: If a racer only can be at 3 races and they registered onsite for each race. Their total cost would be $100 + $180 ($60 x 3). The total cost would be $280.


  • Purchasing the Super Pass keeps the cost for 5 races equivalent to 2018 Costs.
  • The MN League/NICA fee changed from $50 to $100 per rider.
  • Pay by Race Race Registration changed from $40 to $50 per race.


  • Rider Name on Plate Registration Deadline: NICA/MN League fees must be ‘paid’ in the Pit Zone by August 1, 2019 to have the racer name printed on the race plate. Paying by credit card is best, or allow extra time for your check to be received and posted.
  • Pit Zone Online Registration is open until Tuesday, Midnight of each Race Weekend. Payments at the race are subject to $10 late fees.

Read More

News Updated in Coaches News, February 2019 News Updated in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on March, 20, 2019

Registration: Find a Team


It's almost spring! Teams will start planning their activities soon. If you are looking for a team, take a look at the list of [2018 teams]   Look at Find a Team.

Note: This list is continually updated during the Spring and Summer. If you don't find a team or contact information, send an email to and we can provide the latest contact information for a team.

Coaches: take a look at the current contact information for your team. If there are changes, submit your updates on the Team Contact Update form.

Read More

News Published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on March, 20, 2019

February 2019

Coaching: Leaders' Summit - Date Updated to April 27-28 - Register!


Minnesota High School League Leaders' Summit 2019
When: April 27th and 28th, 2019
Where: Quality Bike Products, Bloomington, MN

The annual MN League Leaders’ Summit event is an opportunity to share strategies, and prep for the coming season. This event is ideal for parents, volunteers, new coaches, and returning coaches who would like to learn more about the league structure and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with middle and high school cyclists.

This is a dual track event for New and Returning Coaches.  On-the-Bike-Skills is in included for each track.

Attendance at a NICA Leaders’ Summit is required to secure a Level 3 coaching license.

View Event Details | Register Today!

News Updated in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 2 on February nn, 2019

Coaching: Bye-Week Draw - Saturday April 27th 3-5PM at QBP


Mark your calendar! The 2019 Bye-Week Draw will be held at QBP in Bloomington.  Time and Place below.. A coach from each team is required to attend and sign in for the draw.

Saturday April 27th, 3-5PM

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)
6400 W. 105th Street
Bloomington, MN 55438

What is the Bye-Week Draw? The bye-week draw is a selection process that teams use to pick their season’s four races from the six available races in the season. The remaining two races become a team’s ‘bye’ weeks. The seventh race in the season is the state championship where all teams are invited to race!

 View More about Bye-Weeks.

- The attending coach for the draw does NOT need to attend the Leaders' Summit event in order to attend the Bye-Week Draw.
- In the event that representative from a team is unable to attend, the head coach of the team should send their priorities to before by Friday April 26th, 2019.

News Published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 2 on February nn, 2019

Coaching: NICA Pitzone Update - Coach Licensing Pitzone Changes Coming


New for 2019, the Pit Zone will automatically calculate your coach license level versus waiting for a NICA staff member to manually update the Pit Zone with your updates.

This new update will increase the accuracy of your coach license level since it will done automatically based on the requirements completed. The Pit Zone will also automatically adjust a license down when WFA, First Aid, CPR and CEU's (when required) expire.

When your license level changes due to automatic calculations by the Pit Zone, you will receive an email notification of the change.

NOTE: If you log into the Pit Zone now, be aware, NICA is still updating and prepping for the 2019 season. The Pit Zone typically will reopen around April 1 each year. Once we hear from NICA that it is ready, we will alert everyone that the Pit Zone is open for the 2019 season.

Did you get a "Level None" notice?
When the Pit Zone is reset at the start of each season, every coach will begin the season at Level None. Once you register, pay, complete your background check, and complete annual training requirements your license level will be upgraded.

Originally Published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 2 on February nn, 2019

Coaching: OTBS Summer Dates - Info Coming Soon
Adventure: Try it Out - Info Coming Soon
Racing: Callup Focus Group - Delayed until March

The call up procedure is undoubtably the most discussed rule each year. It’s a challenge because at no point in time will a rule please everyone. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be evaluated, refined and adjusted to create a procedure that does the most amount of good for the most amount of riders. While minor adjustments are made almost yearly to support category structure changes, it has been 3 years since an in-depth evaluation has occurred.

In March 2019, the MN High School Cycling League will convene a focus group to evaluate, and, if needed, suggest a new call up procedure to the league rules committee (LRC). The focus group will include parents, student-athletes and coaches that range from big teams to small teams, metro to out-state. The selected focus group will meet over the course of 2 or 3 nights.

Callup Forum is closed to additional applicants as of 3/25/2019.

News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 1 on January 10, 2019
Updated Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 2 on February nn, 2019

January 2019

Adventure: Dirt School/Summer Camp

For the last three years, the MN League has offered a single summer 3 day camp in the Cuyuna area.  Kids, parents and coaches all enjoyed the program - and each year, it sold out in record time - to only 60 kids.

This year, we are reshaping the experience, by expanding our offering to hundreds of kids all over the state of Minnesota!  What does this mean?

1. There will not be a summer overnight camp for 60 riders this year.
2. There will be multiple day camps in several Minnesota locations this summer, using the Dirt School model.
3. There may be different summer day camps offered for various skill levels.

And, the best part - We will be getting #morekidsonbikes this summer.

Instead of only 60 kids in 3 days, we are going to make summer day camps accessible for hundreds of kids throughout the summer.

We are finalizing the schedule, day camp details and costs.

Keep an eye out for a Single Track Times announcement for summer day camp details and when registration will open.

Any school districts interested in exploring establishing a Dirt School in their area should contact Josh Kleve to learn more, at

Read more about Dirt School.  Details for 2019 Dirt School(s) will be available soon!

News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VII, Issue 12 on December 11, 2018

Volunteers: Program Volunteers Needed

2019 Season - Program Volunteers Needed

We are currently looking for people to help in the following areas:

  • GRIT
  • Dirt School
  • Venue Setup/Course Setup
  • Scoring
  • Sponsorship Development
  • Registration
  • Volunteer Coordination

These program roles require some training and an extended time commitment. These volunteers will be working side-by-side with Core Staff to learn the job with the fine details.

If you are interested or want more information, view Program Volunteers Needed

News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 1 on January 10, 2019

Communications: New Feedback Form for Your Suggestions

We are always interested in hearing your feedback and suggestions.  Over the years, we have acted on feedback and suggestions from parents, racers, coaches, volunteers, sponsors and community partners.

All Feedback and Suggestions are now submitted through our on-line  Feedback & Suggestion Form.

News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 1 on January 10, 2019

Communications: League Structure is Published

The MN High School Cycling League, a 501 (c)(3) youth development organization, is structured and organized to support the following objectives:

  • Get #morekidsonbikes.
  • Create cycling families.
  • Build cycling communities.

All MN League efforts and programs are overseen by a Board of Directors and managed by a senior leadership staff (aka: Core Staff).

To see more, View the  Minnesota League Structure


News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 1 on January 10, 2019

December 2018

Racing: 2 Day Races

To bring back pre-ride and address a number of other suggestions (shorten the race day, include 6th grade racing, have middle school awards closer to when they race, allow many families to only need to be on-site for one day, etc.) we have launched two-day racing for 2019.

This does not replace the bye-week system but compliments it. The exact race-day schedule will be announced in late July 2019.

The following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Small timing adjustments may be made, but the principle of middle school racing on Saturdays and high school racing on Sundays will always apply. Both days will have a pre-ride.


Pre-ride - 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Middle School Racing - 1:00PM – 4:30PM
Awards - 5:00PM
Pre-ride - 7:30AM - 9:30AM
High School Racing - 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Awards - 5:00PM

More information will become available this spring.  As always,  check the race flyer for Race-specific information.


Notice Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VII, Issue 12 on December 11, 2018

Racing; Middle School Racing can Include 6th Grade

Our mission is to get #morekidsonbikes and since launching the middle school pilot program in 2013, we have been repeatedly asked by parents, coaches and student-athletes to include 6th graders in racing. To date, the MN League has not included 6th grade racing due to a lack of time in the race day, but we have provided the teams an option to allow 6th graders to practice at their own discretion.

It is important to remember that 6th grade – and the entire middle school program – is an option that teams may choose to participate in.

With the change in the race day structure (two-day racing), we now have the time to expand middle school racing and include 6th grade racing.

Notice Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VII, Issue 12 on December 11, 2018

Racing: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival

In 2019, we are pleased to hold a Minnesota High School Cycling League race in conjunction with the historic Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival.. Please note, the MN League will hold their own races, separate from the Short and Fat or Forty. For this race weekend only, middle school racing will be held later in the day to allow people to participate or cheer on the riders who wish to participate in the Short & Fat or Chequamegon Forty.   Here is what we know so far . . . .

More information will become available this spring.  As always, check the race flyer for Race-specific information.

Notice Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VII, Issue 12 on December 11, 2018