Sam Hedlund’s East Coast MTB Trek

League alumnus Sam Hedlund (Washburn, then South Minneapolis Composite, Now 612MTB, 2012-2014) took an “atypical” route to a college mountain bike racing career. Rather than head to Colorado like many League graduates, Sam elected to attend the University of Vermont in Burlington (UVM) and shred the slopes of the eastern seaboard. This decision paid off.…

League alum and National Champion Sean O’Donnell: always have fun!

League Alumnus Sean O’Donnell (Rochester Composite Team, 2012- 2013) won two US Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships this past Summer, in the Men’s downhill and Dual Slalom. He’s a student athlete at Western State Colorado University, studying Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship emphasis. Sean took time from his busy schedule to share some of his…

Are you nervous about your first ever Minnesota High School Cycling League Race? Don’t be. We asked League student athlete and staff writer Chris Boucher to pen a a letter to “First Time Racer Chris.” What sage counsel could he offer himself if he could set the clock back? Here the advice “Experienced Racer Chris”…

Ride Rwanda: 500 miles, 7 Days and 48K feet of climbing

Josh Crenshaw is the parent of a Roseville/Mounds View Area Composite Cycling Team rider, and a team coach. By all measures he’s an ordinary father, husband, mountain biker, and League volunteer. However Josh decided to take his love of cycling to make a difference in this world. On May 22 He departs Minnesota to link…

Admit it: you’re having a blast riding on your Minnesota Interscholastic Cycling Team. As you approach your senior year you’ll begin to wonder, “what’s next?”  Lucky for us Maddie Arpin, a member of the University of Minnesota Cycling Team(UMCT), has all the answers to all the questions you were afraid to ask about UMCT and collegiate…

Carley and Libbey Endersbe: ride for the freedom, ride for the love

In case you don’t know them, Carley and Libbey Endersbe are identical twins, Minnesota League Alumni (Burnsville/Lakeville Composite Team 2012- 2013) where they were regulars on the medal podium, and currently attend Ft Lewis College (a NICA sponsor!) in Durango, Colorado and race for the school’s top ranked cycling team. Both student athletes pursue both academic and athletically…

2016 Olympian Kelly Catlin: Mindfulness is the key

Kelly Catlin is a goal driven person, as you’ll soon read. A Minnesota High School League Alumnus (she competed for the Roseville Area Composite Team in both 2012 and 2013) she recently earned a spot on the 2016 Olympic Cycling Team (track). Kelly’s on a sabbatical from the University of Minnesota while she trains for…

Community Building Isn’t Just for the Racers

One of the by-products of the success of NICA and the Minnesota League is community. It’s so cool to watch the friendships that grow and develop amongst the racers from different teams as the season progresses. However, there’s another community that’s built as well. The parents of the racers, thrown together by their kids teams,…