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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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:

      ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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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 ...

  • 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.

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