Annual training plans Rich VanSickle Trying to plan a season of practices can seem like an overwhelming task. In order to help coaches, we’ve asked Jason Digman to develop a sample training program.  Jason is a lifelong cyclist and enjoys helping people enjoy their cycling and ride fast. He was a professional endurance sports coach…

Mandatory Process for Submitting Injury Reports NICA has developed a web-based, user-friendly and very informative electronic incident reporting form.  This form will be used to submit injury reports to NICA starting with the 2018 Season . In addition, this form will be providing data for a safety study being done in cooperation with the University…

Contributed by Joel Woodward Here are a few check lists and reminders for keeping practice moving smoothly and safely. Early in the season, late in the day: The first practices of the season are instrumental in laying a foundation and forms the first impressions for the coaches and athletes. Take time to get to know…

Platform Pedals, What’s the Deal?

Contributed by Bonnie Larsen, Fundamentals Lead for the MHSCL Demo Team Spring is on its way, which means that most of us are itching to get out on the bike and experience the thrill of riding a sweet ribbon of dirt. As you climb on your bike and hit the trails, how do you shake out…

The Mn Mechanic – Advice to Coaches Re: Equipment Purchases

Contributed by Calvin Jones, Stillwater Team Director In this Minnesota Mechanic corner of the Coaches News, I will discuss various aspects of equipment, related to school cycling programs. There are plenty of “how-to fix a bike” sources on the internet, and in books or magazines, so here I look at other aspects of equipment. Also,…

Dedicated Strength Training

Contributed by Joel Woodward, Coaching Director Benefits The most common benefits of good strength programs from my reading and training are: helping athletes be more resistant to overuse injuries, Improved body composition, better bone density, and improved performance Young athletes many find strength training rewarding and enjoyable. It is important to keep in mind that,…

On The Bike Skills (OTBS) 2018

Contributed by Bonnie Larsen, Fundamentals Lead for the MHSCL Demo Team In the past, NICA offered MTB 101 as a way to train coaches how to teach their student athletes. MTB 101 exposed coaches to the skills their riders would need to safely complete a race. While many skills were demonstrated, there was neither the focus…

NICA PITZONE

The NICA PITZONE is a web tool used for League Registration and Race Registration (Race Fee Payment).  The PITZONE guides the person registering through completion of the required information.  Online Registration closes Tuesdays at Midnight for that week’s race, in order to prepare rider lists for the upcoming race. A link to the NICA PITZONE…

The NICA PitZone is the online system used by the MN league to manage coaches, the team, riders, and race registration.  Without registering you will not be allowed to practice or race.   Each family gets their own online account to manage their race registration information.   When you complete the process please be sure…