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Rules

  • Communication on the Course – Etiquette/Passing Contributed by Joel Woodward, Coaching Director, Minnesota High School Cycling League. We at the league frequently receive questions, complaints and praise for the conduct of our student athletes in the races relating to passing. Passing, done well or poorly is a regular topic of discussion and at times frustration. This topic comes up most often due to not being confident, how to do this properly and “What are the rules?” Below you will find some relevant excerpts from the rule book, but perhaps more importantly some reflection of our roles as coaches and keeping the bigger picture in mind. Stay Safe Out ...
  • The New Wheelie Rule – 2018 There is a new rule on wheels leaving the ground including wheelies. The new rule from NICA is ride with respect.  Ride in control at all times, be respectful of the riders around you, their safety and the setting you are in. As coaches assessing the situation, is the skill appropriate for the rider, is the setting appropriate and the circumstances? If so, wheelie on. The infield and finish area at races is still a no-wheelie area. Thanks for your cooperation!
  • Incident Reporting 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 of Utah, NICA, and all of the leagues around the United States. When to Submit a Report – Based on Injury Definition injuries that need to be reported include any physical event that occurs during a NICA sanctioned team practice, race, coaches training or camp, that results ...

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Practices and Training

  • Communication on the Course – Etiquette/Passing Contributed by Joel Woodward, Coaching Director, Minnesota High School Cycling League. We at the league frequently receive questions, complaints and praise for the conduct of our student athletes in the races relating to passing. Passing, done well or poorly is a regular topic of discussion and at times frustration. This topic comes up most often due to not being confident, how to do this properly and “What are the rules?” Below you will find some relevant excerpts from the rule book, but perhaps more importantly some reflection of our roles as coaches and keeping the bigger picture in mind. Stay Safe Out ...
  • Annual Training Plans 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 and USA Cycling Level 3 elite level coach before becoming a nurse.  He wants everyone to enjoy their bike riding and to stay safe on the roads and trails. We thank Jason for sharing his expertise and experience. There is a lot of information below.  Depending ...
  • Getting Ready for Practice 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 everyone and settle into some norms. A little extra time now pays off in the long haul. Note of caution: Long demanding practices in the early season are not recommended for inexperienced riders or riders with little training this season. The practice may be overwhelming and ...
  • 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 rust and refine your skills for yet another season of shredding? Does your preparation for another riding season mean automatically clipping into your pedals to ride, or do you include a few weeks (or months) of riding in flats? In the past, we assumed that REAL ...
  • Early Season Practices – “What the Heck Do I Do With All These Kids?” Contributed by Rich Van Sickle, Performance Coaching Program Lead MHSCL Demo Team Skills before hills.  With only eight weeks between the July 1 season start and Race 1, August 26th, in Austin, you may be tempted to dive right into high intensity training.  Don’t. Early season practices need to focus on three things:       1) Skills       2) Time in the Saddle       3) Strength Skills Skills for safety and skills for speed.  The skills covered in On The Bike Skills 101 (formerly MTB101) are essential for riding singletrack safely as well as riding fast (Risk Management).  Those skills include: Ready ...

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Strength Training

  • 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, like riding in the woods on a mountain bike, strength training comes with some risk and being mindful and respectful of managing that risk is critical. Push ups work great To keep this simple and practical we will look at very simple body weight options that can be ...

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Bike Skills

  • Communication on the Course – Etiquette/Passing Contributed by Joel Woodward, Coaching Director, Minnesota High School Cycling League. We at the league frequently receive questions, complaints and praise for the conduct of our student athletes in the races relating to passing. Passing, done well or poorly is a regular topic of discussion and at times frustration. This topic comes up most often due to not being confident, how to do this properly and “What are the rules?” Below you will find some relevant excerpts from the rule book, but perhaps more importantly some reflection of our roles as coaches and keeping the bigger picture in mind. Stay Safe Out ...
  • On the Bike Skills – Fall 2018 Bonnie Larson, Fundamentals Lead for the MHSCL Demo Team The fall season is upon us! For many teams, practices will commence the first week of July. What have you done with the skills and coaching tips you learned in OTBS 101 and 201? Are they dialed in and ready to go? Summer can be busy time trying to pack in as much activity as possible while the weather cooperates. So, if you haven’t really thought about OTBS since, well, your OTBS session, not to worry. Here are a few ideas to help you work skills practice into your busy lives: Be a mindful ...
  • 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 on increasing individual coach’s skills nor was there a follow-on course for teaching more advanced skills. Additionally, instruction was not provided for teaching the coaches how to coach. With the exponential growth of NICA leagues many well-intentioned coaches started teams to meet the demand in their ...

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Equipment

  • The Minnesota Mechanic:  Early Season Rides Calvin Jones Those early season team rides are often the first time coaches get an on-the-bike look at their riders after the long break. You may have noticed that with feeding and watering, there is tendency to grow. Speaking broadly, and as a parent, it can be hard to notice the difference day-to-day. But a coach that has not seen a rider for some months notices the sprouting!  Let’s review just one aspect of fitting those longer legs; moving the seat post up up up. First, a comment on raising saddles. You sometimes hear about moving saddles up a little at a ...
  • 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 rust and refine your skills for yet another season of shredding? Does your preparation for another riding season mean automatically clipping into your pedals to ride, or do you include a few weeks (or months) of riding in flats? In the past, we assumed that REAL ...
  • 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, let me know what related topics you would like to hear about. In this kick-off issue, I write about issues related to equipment purchases.  Specifically, about the coach’s role. Your team families may right now be considering new helmets, shoes or bikes, as these students are growing ...

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