Chihiro, Dairy Queen, and High School Mountain Biking

By Chihiro Gustafson Hi! I’m Chihiro from the Mounds View High School Mountain Bike team. I have been racing for three years and I am a high school junior. Five years ago I never thought I would be racing bikes, nor did I think I would be playing a sport. I didn’t really fit into…

When we introduced League Coach and parent Josh Crenshaw this past May as he was gearing up for the cycling challenge of a lifetime: a 480 mille charity ride through Rwanda to raise money for neighboring Burundi. Josh made it and accomplished his goal. Here’s Josh’s post ride thoughts: The last miles have been logged…

Alumni 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.…

Alumni and National Champion Sean O’Donnell

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…

Say hello to our newest writer Logan Cummings. Logan’s a junior at Minnetonka High School and has raced for their mountain bike team since his freshman year. Read how Logan learned mountain biking was for him. Throughout my life I have tried a plethora of sports. When I was young I played soccer, but I…

What’s it like to compete in your first National Interscholastic Cycling League race?  Here’s how Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Team student athlete Chris Boucher experienced it. At my first Minnesota High School Cycling League race, I had so much support from my team. One of the main things I remember from it was an experienced…

Alumni Carly & 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…

Spring Break is a great time to ride bikes and meet new people. For my spring break, I went to San Diego, California. My dad and I wanted to ride with some fellow National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) members from the SoCal league, which races in the spring. We began by contacting Bruce Martens, the league’s National Coaching…