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Several Minnesotan’s at high school league banquet honored

Paul Skilbeck [email protected]

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Top row: Dan Brooks, Heather Williams, Dee Seymour, John Tillson, KC Fontes, Trevor von Boeck. Middle row: Rita Gutierrez, Belita Schindler, Jordan Horner, Chris Wentz, Matthew Zalusky, Cam Eng, Carson Beckett. Bottom row: Sienna Leger Redel, Morgan Fletcher, Austin McInerny (NICA), Catharine Pendrel (Team LUNA Chix). Photo: thecaliforniastory.com

Outstanding participants in high school cycling leagues across the U.S. were honored at the 2014 National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Awards, held at the Clif Bar & Company headquarters, Emeryville, California, January 24, 2015. The Guest of Honor was 2014 mountain bike cross country world champion Catharine Pendrel of Team LUNA Chix and the Master of Ceremonies was Robin Farina, founder of the Women’s Cycling Association.


Guest of Honor, 2014 mountain bike cross country world champion, Catharine Pendrel of Team LUNA Chix

NICA presented awards in eleven categories to sixteen individuals and organizations considered to be the most outstanding student-athletes, dedicated coaches, and the most supportive volunteers, partners and sponsors to have helped advance the interscholastic mountain biking movement over the past year.

“As NICA grows, so does the pool of talent in our organization. I truly am surrounded by greatness, and it is humbling to hear of how much effort and energy our members across the country are expending to build not only the interscholastic cycling movement, but also cycling itself. Though the bike industry is experiencing relatively flat sales, we show a steady increase in participation across teams, coaches and student-athletes. When you look at the positive effects of all our work on the people and the communities in which we all live, it is easy to understand why our results are so positive. We have become national leaders in getting youth, and particularly young women, onto bikes and creating life-long cyclists. With wave after wave of NICA alumni going out into their communities year after year, we are changing the face of cycling, and with our current momentum we look to have over 15,000 current student-athletes participating across a significant portion of the United States by 2020.”

Steve Flagg, founder of Quality Bicycle Products and recipient of the 2014 NICA Legacy Award stated in his acceptance speech “In every organization I meet with regarding cycling advocacy, the question turns to how are we going to get more youth into biking? Well, NICA is the answer and my only surprise is that the bike industry so far isn’t fully 100% engaged behind NICA, but you better believe they will be in the next year or two as they recognize the power of NICA.”

Award Recipients The NICA Community – Leadership, Partnership and Impact The theme for the first set of awards is the NICA Community. A community providing leadership and partnering with like-minded individuals to have a direct impact on the student-athletes, schools and families that participate in NICA Leagues around the country.

Clif Bar and Company Volunteer Service Award The Volunteer Service Award honors an exceptional volunteer whose dedication of time, expertise and enthusiasm goes above and beyond to make a difference in the organization. The recipients are: * Dee Seymour, SoCal High School Cycling League * John Tillson, Tennessee High School Cycling League

CamelBak Distinguished Alumni Award The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a student-athlete who carries on the spirit of high school cycling beyond their high school years. The recipient is: * Matthew Zalusky, Minnetonka High School, Minnesota High School Cycling League

Primal Cycling Apparel Race Production Partner Award The Race Production Partner Award acknowledges an individual whose outstanding partnership role in race productions is key to the success of a league’s race event production. The recipient is: * Chris Wentz, Director, Event Medical Specialists, Colorado High School Cycling League

Quality Bike Products Community Impact Award The Community Impact Award honors an individual whose dedication to high school mountain biking has resulted in positive impacts on youth, the community and the organization. This individual is an outstanding representative of the organization internally and externally. The recipient is: * Richard “Dick” Schindler, Minnesota High School Cycling League

Specialized Student-Athlete Leadership Award The Student-Athlete Leadership Award honors student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, sportsmanship, academic performance and volunteerism in their team, school and community. The recipients are: * Rita Gutierrez, Eagle County, Colorado High School Cycling League * Trevor von Boeck, Highlander Racing Composite, Colorado High School Cycling League

International Mountain Bike Association Teen Trail Corps Award The Teen Trail Corps Award recognizes a student-athlete who has demonstrated respect, empathy and compassion towards other trail users by working both on and off the bike to build awareness and care for trails in the community. The recipient is: * Cam Eng, Thunder Ridge, Colorado High School Cycling League

The NICA Way – Leagues, Coaches and Student-Athletes The theme for the second set of awards is “The NICA Way”. This “way” is a process of empowering and equipping individuals with the skills and tools necessary to make an impact. It starts with establishing and strengthening new Leagues that provide training and programs for coaches. NICA coaches establish and manage teams that participate and compete in the leagues enabling student-athletes to participate in one of the greatest sports of all time.

Easton Foundations League Founders Award The League Founders Award recognizes an individual’s commitment, enthusiasm and perseverance and outstanding contributions in establishing and running a NICA High School Cycling League. The recipient is: * Dan Brooks, Georgia High School Cycling League

SRAM Coach of The Year Award The Coach of the Year Award acknowledges a head coach whose qualities as a leader and motivator embodies NICA’s mission to provide student-athletes with the coaching and camaraderie to help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive goals in a safe and enjoyable manner. The recipients are: * Heather Williams, Ogden High School Mountain Bike Team, Utah High School Mountain Bike League * Morgan Fletcher, Oakland Composite, NorCal High School Cycling League

Trek All-Star Student-Athlete Award The All-Star Student-Athlete Award recognizes student-athletes for their outstanding achievements on the bike and potential for future success in competitive cycling. The recipients are: * Carson Beckett, Marshall County High School, Tennessee High School Cycling League * Jordan Horner, Burnsville High School, Minnesota High School Cycling League

NICA Courage and Legacy The theme for the third set of awards is Courage and Legacy. This award recognizes those that have shown the courage it takes to commit to an endeavor and pursue that goal with all of their heart and passion and those that have created a legacy by supporting NICA’s efforts over time.

NICA Legacy Award The NICA Legacy Award honors an individual or organization for their tremendous philanthropic support of NICA and NICA Leagues. The recipient is: * Steve Flagg, founder and owner, Quality Bicycle Products

GU Energy Extraordinary Courage Award The Extraordinary Courage Award recognizes student-athletes who have persevered through challenging circumstances and overcome adversity to develop and excel as a model student-athlete. The recipients are: * Sienna Leger Redel, Park City High School, Utah High School Cycling League * KC Fontes, Salinas High School, NorCal High School Cycling League.

About The National Interscholastic Cycling Association Founded in 2009 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops high school mountain biking programs for student-athletes and coaches across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events, and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike. As of winter 2015, NICA is supporting over 2000 coaches and 5,000 student-athletes from over 400 high schools in fifteen separate leagues.

NICA exists by virtue of generous sponsors, donors and partners, including the founding national sponsor Specialized Bicycle Components; as well as establishing sponsors Easton Foundations, SRAM, and Trek Bicycles; major sponsors H2, Clif Bar & Company, Clif Bar Foundation, Giro, Primal Cycling Apparel, Quality Bicycle Products, Bicycling, GU Sports, CamelBak, Maxxis, Athletic Event Supply, Cannondale, DeFeet, Feedback Sports, Fort Lewis College, Fox Racing Shox, Kinetic, Lees-McRae College, Optic Nerve, Ritchey Designs, and Yakima; media partners Bicycle Retailer, Cyclingnews, Dirt Rag, Mountain Bike Action, and Singletracks. For more information on NICA visit www.nationalmtb.org or call (510) 524-5464.

MN High School Cycling League Keeps on Growing

from Libby Hurley [email protected]  Photos: Todd Bauer tmbimages.com

Season Awards Ceremony of Minnesota League coaches

MN League Coaches | Season Awards Ceremony | Photo Credit: Todd Bauer www.tmbimages.com

The MN League wrapped up their successful 2014 season at their Awards Ceremony earlier this month at the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts (Hopkins, Minn.). It was an evening to celebrate the accomplishments of all the student-athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers and to recognize the on-going support from over 30 local and national sponsors.

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Season Awards Ceremony Hopkins Center for the Performing arts | Photo Credit: Todd Bauer

In front of a standing room only crowd, MN League Director, Josh Kleve thanked the volunteers, coaches and parents who put in hundreds of hours of work to help make this sport a reality for over 500 student-athletes in Minnesota. “It was truly an astonishing year of growth for us,” said Josh. “With 42 teams representing over 60 schools, we literally have students from all corners of the state and in 2015 we expect to see similar exponential growth in team and racer participation.”

Support from local and national organizations directly fuels this growth. See the list here of all the MN League National and Local Sponsors.


Each year, we ask the MN League community to nominate their choice for Coach of the Year, Assistant Coach of the Year, Athletes with Heart and Volunteer of the Year. We were amazed at the stories shared and narrowing down the field to select winners for each category – It was difficult since and all were truly deserving.

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Lexi Myshka Prior Lake | Female Athlete with Heart

In addition to celebrating excellence in performance, the MN League strives to encourage excellence and growth through our five core principles: inclusivity, equality, development of a strong mind, strong body and strong character.
Lexi Myshka of Prior Lake was selected as our Female Athlete with Heart for her perseverance, grit and drive to overcome numerous obstacles that stood in her way.

Max Ellingson of Edina was selected as our Male Athlete with Heart for his ability to face challenges, overcome them and lead others in a selfless and enduring manner. As his father says, “I try to follow his example.” Max was elected co-captain for the 2014 team.

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Shaun Anderson, Coach of the Year


The MN League Coach of the Year was awarded to Shaun Anderson, Cuyuna Lakes and Crosby-Ironton Teams. As his athletes shared, he helped them to not only be better racers, but stronger and better individuals.

The MN League Assistant Coach of the Year was awarded to Annie Perkins, Stillwater High School. Annie’s passion for the sport and her patience with the kids has directly helped build their team. After two seasons, they now boast a team with 42 7th – 12th grade students.

The MN League Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Dan Duda, a Washburn parent. He was at every race working to help set up the races, volunteered as a course marshal during the races and stayed to help clean up after the races. We thank Dan and the hundreds of volunteers who help make these races happen.



Student-Athletes at Season Awards Ceremony | Photo Credit: Todd Bauer

Individual and overall standings are now posted to the minnesotamtb.org site. Photo Credit: Todd Bauer, tmbimages.com. MN League Official Photographer.

Individual Standings – Medal Depth varies due to field size:
Middle School Girls:
1. Anastasia Antanovich (1221) — Eastview MS
3. Kira Anderson (1215) — Chanhassen MS
2. Courtney Johnson (1214) — Crosby Ironton
4. Maddie Raschke (1216) — Chanhassen MS
5. Gracen Hardy (1223) — Cuyuna Lakes MTB

Middle School Boys Division 1:
1. Nick Gordon (1030) — Minnetonka MS
2. Max Kennedy (1011) — Stillwater MS
3. Nathan Gessler (1010) — Stillwater MS
4. Grant Hietpas (1020) — Stillwater MS
5. Luke Larson (1007) — Prior Lake MS

Middle School Boys Division 2:
1. Joshua Doolittle (1101) — Eastview MS
2. Henry Hall (1053) — Mpls Soutside Composite
3. Cuyler Rono (1083) — Crosby Ironton
4. Liam O’Kelly (1065) — St. Croix Valley Composite
5. Patrick Welch (1081) — Faribault Composite
6. Brady Olson (1094) — Mankato Composite
7. Henry Seiser (1064) — St. Croix Valley Composite
8. Nicholas Bohlke (1106) — Mankato Composite

Freshman Girls:
1. Siri Bohacek (708) — Stillwater High School
2. Moriah Johnson (700) — Duluth East High School
3. Elli Pfeiffer (702) — Prior Lake High School
4. Hannah Brown (707) — Stillwater High School

Freshman Boys – D1
1. Ian Derauf (802) — Duluth East High School
2. Sebastien Frimat (822) — Edina Cycling Team
3. Jack Lange (812) — Stillwater High School
4. Shawn Higgins Jr (803) — Duluth East High School
5. Alec Manderscheid (817) — Edina Cycling Team
6. Luke Sicora (835) –Armstrong Cycle Club

Freshman Boys – D2
1. Stephen Hatt (922) — Lakeville North High School
2. Braeden Anderson (940) — Cuyuna Lakes MTB
3. Mason De Keyrel (933) — White Bear Lake HS
4. Gavin Abric (920) — Duluth Comp
5. Jasper Keifer (946) — Bloomington Composite
6. Alex Sipe (906) — Wayzata High School
7. Gavin Yares (927) — Washburn High School
8. Miller Sampson (924) — Chaska High School

Sophmore Girls
1. Madeline Pernat (408) — Chanhassen High School
2. Nikita Finnerty (407) — Crosby Ironton
3. Molly Junker (404) — Stillwater High School
4. Sophie Dirnberger (402) — Hopkins High School

Sophmore Boys – D1
1. Nathan Latz (515) — Hopkins High School
2. Michael Davis (503) — Duluth East High School
3. Dylan Kiefer (513) — Minnetonka High School
4. Elliot Forst (531) — Minnetonka High School
5. Nathan Edstrom (505) — Hopkins High School

Sophmore Boys – D2
1. Xavier Mansfield (624) — Patrick Henry High School
2. Will Curtis (609) — St. Paul Central
3. Connor Rono (637) — Crosby Ironton
4. Dale Yotter (653) — Crosby Ironton
5. Eli Markworth (625) — Washburn High School
6. Rowdy Larson (622) — Roseville Area Composite
7. Luke Mcdonnell (627)– Highland Park High School
8. Charlie Johnson (636) — MPLS Southside

Junior Varsity Girls:
1. Sophie Farrow (112) — Duluth East High School
2. Sydney Carlson (104) — Apple Valley High School
3. Claire Benton 102) — Hopkins High School
4. Ellie Hedlund (116) — MPLS Soutside
5. Justice Sahaydak (125) — MPLS Southside

Junior Varsity Boys – D1
1. Collin Maynard (228) — Hopkins High School
2. Jason Colestock (208) — Edina Cycling Team
3. Ben Johnson (221) — Duluth East High School
4. Brandan Eisma (212) — Prior Lake High School
5. Francis Delaney (209) — Edina Cycling Team
6. Matt Trumper (240) — Stillwater High School
7. Carter Eng (213) — Hopkins High School

Junior Varsity Boys – D2
1. Nathan Bich (306) — Duluth Composite Team
2. Luke Doolittle (318) — Eastview High School
3. Campbell Karjala (351) — Bloomington Composite
4. Dylan Anderson (302) — Crosby Ironton
5. Mac Hansen (338) — MPLS Southside Composite
6. Wyatt Furois (323) — Roseville Area Composite
7. Cole Hermann (363) — Washburn High School
8. Tamer Mische-Richter (318) — Bloomington Composite
9. Christian Gostout (335) — Rochester Composite

Varsity Girls
1. Jordan Horner (2) — Burnsville High School
2. Josie Welsh (11) — Armstrong Cycle Club
3. Cianna Swanson (9) — Lakeville North High School
4. Anna Christian (10) — Washburn High School

Varsity Boys
1. Samuel Hayden (41) — Duluth East High School
2. Logan Schlough (51) — St. Croix Composite Team
3. Levi Hayden (40) — Duluth East High School
4. Samuel Elson (62) — Cuyuna Lakes MTB
5. Trevor Roen (56) — Hutchinson High School
6. Ethan Depman (68) — Rochester Composite

Middle School Team Results
1. Mpls Southside Composite
2. Crosby Ironton Team
3. Eastview High School

Team – Division 1 Results
1. Duluth East High School
2. Hopkins High School
3. Edina Cycling Team
Team – Division 2 Results
1. MPLS Southside Composite
2. Lakeville North High School
3. Apple Valley High School


The Minnesota High School Cycling League Keep On Growing!
The following communities are working towards adding a team for the 2015 season.
▪ Winona
▪ Red Wing
▪ Forest Lake
▪ Elk River
▪ New Prague
▪ Belle Plaine
▪ Alexandria
▪ Worthington
▪ Montgomery
▪ Lonsdale
▪ Le Center

If there is a community or school interested in starting a team in your area, please be sure to email Josh Kleve, MN League Director. Also, don’t forget to share the MN Team Starter Kit page on the Leagues website.


Preliminary league venues and dates are subject to change.
Sun. Sept. 13 – Jail Trail – St. Cloud, MN
Sun. Sept. 20 – Trail in Development – Austin, MN
Sun. Oct. 4 – GameHaven Trail – Rochester, MN
Sun. Oct. 11 – Cuyuna Trails – Cuyuna Lakes, MN
Sun. Oct. 25 – Mt. Kato – Mankato, MN

MNc-4About the Minnesota High School Cycling League

The Minnesota High School Cycling League, founded in 2012, serves all Minnesota high school and middle school-aged students, and regardless of ability level, is committed to providing a positive co-ed cycling experience. Each MN League season includes summer camps, a five-race series, wilderness first aid certification courses and a Spring Leaders’ Summit for training and certification of coaches. The MN League exists by virtue of a range of fundraising activities, as well as generous donors, and MN League sponsors including the founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components; as well as establishing NICA sponsors Easton Foundations, SRAM, and Trek Bicycles; major sponsors, Giro, Clif Bar and Company, Primal Wear, Quality Bicycle Products, GU Sports, Cannondale, Kinetic, Maxxis, CamelBak, Feedback Sports, Optic Nerve, Easton, Athletic Event Supply, Fort Lewis College, Lees McRae, Fox Racing Shox, Sho-Air, Yakima, Lizard Skins, DeFeet and Ritchey Designs; media partners Bicycle Retailer, Dirt Rag, Singletracks, Switchback and Cyclingnews. MN League specific sponsors include Founding Retailers Penn Cycle and Erik’s Bike and Board Shop, AAA, Mt. Borah, Life Time Cycle, Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, Salsa, Peace Coffee Racing, Park Tool, Karma Race Management, Ipsity Marketing, HaveFunBiking.com, Trailhead Cycling and Valley Bike and Ski. For more information on the MN League, visit minnesotamtb.org.