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Bike Pic Dec. 10, cyclecross smiles

On the road or round a cyclecross course at one of the many parks or sports fields in Minnesota, this young bike racer is all smiles.

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Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search and present more fun photos worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted to help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend with your bike, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

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As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for in the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Bike/Hike Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of bicycle tourism information available for mobile devices where you may see some additional bike pics – maybe of yourself so.

Bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

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Bike Pic Nov 12, muddy fun – cyclocross

As a way for road racers and recreational cyclists to remain fit during fall and winter season cyclocross (cross) in the upper Midwest is growing. Here in the photo above, a racers on a misty fall morning pedals her bike through the mud on a course at Saint Thomas Academy, in Mendota Heights, MN.

The History  of Cross
Cyclocross racing was developed in Europe in the early 1900’s as a way for road racers to remain fit during fall and winter. The intense event helped athletes maintain and improve their racing fitness and skills, too. As the sport grew, some riders abandoned the road-racing scene to become cyclocross specialists. Today, there are cyclists who focus only on cross and many professional road and off-road riders race cross to keep their race engines finally tuned in the off season.

The Course
Typical cyclocross courses are 1.5- to 2-mile loops on a mix of paved and off-road surfaces over flat-to-rolling terrain. Usually, races lasts an hour plus a lap. But, what makes cross such a unique and challenging sport is that courses always includes obstacles that force riders to dismount and run while carrying their bikes.

For example, most courses feature short, steep (often muddy) sections, which are nearly impossible to ride. There can be scary cliff-like drop-offs, river crossings and technical singletrack, too. Also, courses include series of man-made barriers scattered around the course requiring riders to carry their bikes over or, if they’re really talented, to jump their bikes over the obstacles (called “bunny-hopping”). It’s this combination of cycling, stunt riding, carrying, running and scrambling over obstacles that makes cyclocross so exciting, such a phenomenal workout and so darn much fun! [source]

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB), hope you enjoyed the photo.

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As we search and present more fun photos worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted to help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend with your bike, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us publish? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to editor@HaveFunBiking.com with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be at least 620 pixels wide for us to use them. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for in the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Bike/Hike Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of bicycle tourism information available for mobile devices where you may see some additional bike pics – maybe of yourself so.

Bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

#FindYourNextAdventure

MN High School Cycling League Keeps on Growing

from Libby Hurley libby@minnesotamtb.org  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.

2014 SERIES AWARDS

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

ATHLETES 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

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.

ASST. COACH OF THE YEAR
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.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
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.

2014 OVERALL STATE CHAMPIONS AND PHOTOS

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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

NEW TEAMS FOR 2015

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

SEE ALL TEAMS
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.

2015 RACE SCHEDULE

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.

 

Jail Trail Race Recap -MN High School Cycling League

by Libby Hurley libby@minnesotamtb.org

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Freshman Girls | Start chute at Jail Trail

The day before Race # 2, in a series of five,  a powerful, but short, rain storm came through St. Cloud, Minn. Then on race day, September 21st, the clouds moved out and the sandy Jail Trail dried up to ideal conditions for 450 high school student riders from 41 schools, battling it out for points and race day trophies. Now with Race #3 this coming Sunday, excitement is brewing amongst the Minnesota High School Cycling teams with a race day in Rochester.

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Boys Frosh D1, Luke Sicora, Armstrong | Jail Trail Race #2

Regarding Race #2, on the 21st., the”Jail Trail always delivers.” said MN League Director, Josh Kleve. “All of the student-athletes impressed not only each other, but themselves with their performances today.”

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Freshman Boys, Div 2 tear out of the start chute at Jail Trail

Eastview School took top slots with the Doolittle brothers Luke and Joshua. Luke took home the JV Division 2 first place medal and younger brother Joshua took first place in Middle School Division 2…by seconds, just ahead of Henry Hall, from Minneapolis’s Southside.

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2014 Race 3: Soph Boys Div 1 | Jail Trail –

There were a number of exciting photo finishes: Freshman Girls: Moriah Johnson from Duluth East beat out Siri Bohacek from Stillwater for first place by just over a second! Varsity Girls: Jordan Horner from Burnsville held onto first place over Cianna Swanson from Lakeville North by 29 seconds!

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MS Boys, Jail Trail

Race Results and Photos

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

Individual Race Results:

Middle School Girls: 1. Zoe Camp — Mpls Southside Comp 2. Courtney Johnson — Crosby Ironton 3. Anastasia Antanovich — Eastview High School 4. Kira Anderson — Chanhassen High School 5. Gracen Hardy — Cuyuna Lakes Middle School Boys Division 1: 1. Nick Gordon — Minnetonka High School 2. Max Kennedy — Stillwater High School 3. Luke Larson — Prior Lake High School 4. Ian Ruh — Stillwater High School 5. Grant Hietpas — Stillwater High School Middle School Boys Division 2: 1. Joshua Doolittle — Eastview High School 2. Henry Hall — Mpls Southside Comp 3. Liam O’Kelly — St. Croix Valley Comp 4. Connor Bich — Duluth Comp 5. Henry Seiser — St. Croix Valley Comp Freshman Girls: 1. Moriah Johnson — Duluth East High School 2. Siri Bohacek — Stillwater High School 3. Hannah Brown — Stillwater High School 4. Elli Pfeiffer — Prior Lake High School 5. Katia Swanson — Lakeville North High School Freshman Boys – D1 1. Ian Derauf — Duluth East High School 2. Sebastien Frimat — Edina Mountain Bike Team 3. Luke Sicora — Armstrong Cycle Club 4. Shawn Higgins Jr — Duluth East High School 5. Jack Lange — Stillwater HS Freshman Boys – D2 1. Braeden Anderson — Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Team 2. Alex Sipe — Wayzata Mountain Bike Team 3. Gavin Abric — Duluth Comp 4. Jasper Kiefer — Bloomington Comp 5. Stephen Hatt — Lakeville North High School Sophmore Girls 1. Nikita Finnerty — Crosby Ironton 2. Madeline Pernat — Chanhassen High School 3. Sophie Dirnberger — Hopkins High School 4. Kali Meckle — Washburn High School 5. Molly Junker — Stillwater High School Sophmore Boys – D1 1. Michael Davis — Duluth East High School 2. Dylan Kiefer — Minnetonka High School 3. Elliot Forst — Minnetonka High School 4. Nathan Latz — Hopkins High School 5. Nathan Edstrom — Hopkins High School Sophmore Boys – D2 1. Will Curtis — St. Paul Central 2. Xavier Mansfield — Minneapolis Patrick Henry High School 3. Connor Rono — Crosby Ironton 4. Eli Markworth — Washburn High School 5. Luke McDonell — Highland Park High School Junior Varsity Girls: 1. Sophie Farrow — Duluth East High School 2. Amanda Susnik — Duluth East High School 3. Sydney Carlson — Apple Valley HS 4. Ellie Hedlund — MPLS Southside Comp 5. Justice Sahaydak — Mpls Southside Comp Junior Varsity Boys – D1 1. Collin Maynard — Hopkins High School 2. Brandan Eisma — Prior Lake High School 3. Jason Colestock — Edina Cycling Team 4. Ben Johnson — Duluth East High School 5. Matt Trumper — Stillwater High School Junior Varsity Boys – D2 1. Luke Doolittle — Eastview High School 2. Campbell Karjala — Bloomington Composite 3. Nathan Bich — Duluth Composite Team 4. Wyatt Furois — Roseville Area Composite 5. Mac Hansen — Mpls Southside Comp Varsity Girls 1. Jordan Horner — Burnsville High School 2. Cianna Swanson — Lakeville North High School 3. Josie Welsh — Armstrong Cycle Club 4. Kalli Opsal — Lakeville South/Farmington Comp 5. Camille Sjoquist — Apple Valley High School

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Samuel Olson | Current Leader of Varsity Boys | Jail Trail #2

Varsity Boys 1. Samuel Olson — Duluth Composite Team 2. Samuel Hayden — Duluth East High School 3. Samuel Elson — Cuyuna Lakes High School 4. Sam Hedlund — Mpls Southside Comp 5. Josey Weik — Duluth Composite Team Middle School Team Results 1. Mpls Southside Comp 2. Crosby Ironton 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 2. Lakeville North High School 3. Apple Valley High School 2014 MN High School Cycling League venues and dates: 9/7 – Race #1 – Buck Hill, Burnsville, MN 9/21 – Race #2 – Jail Trail, St. Cloud, MN 10/5 – Race #3 – Game Haven, Rochester, MN 10/12 – Race #4 – Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN 10/26 – Race #5 – State Championships: Whitetail Ridge, River Falls, WI 11/1 – Season Awards Banquet

Race #3 – Game Haven, Rochester, MN

Another exciting race weekend is almost here and 41 teams from all across Minnesota are preparing to head to Rochester for Race #3, to compete on the Game Haven Trail. See Race Flyer and Course Map, then, come and listen for the cowbells and be sure to cheer on the students as they head to the finish line in Rochester.

All Race Results and Photos

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

Additional Race and MN League Information:

MN League Website: minnesotamtb.org MN League Facebook: facebook.com/MinnesotaMTB MN League Twitter: twitter.com/MinnesotaMTB

About 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.

First H.S. Mountain Bike Race in MN

by Libby Hurley —  photos Todd Bauer MN League Photographer

First H.S. Mountain Bike Race in MN.

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JV Boys, Div 2 race up the start at Buck Hill!

Starting another exciting Fall Season, Buck Hill, became the location for the first race in 2014, of the MN High School Cycling League’s mountain bike racing on Sunday, September 7th. Attending were over 425 racers, from 41 teams, who poured in from all parts of Minnesota (Duluth, Crosby-Ironton, Rochester and cities all over the Twin Cities) – the Buck Hill Parking lot was overflowing with tents, bikes and gear from 41 teams!

“Race #1 was a huge success. A heart-felt thank you to each and everyone of our coaches, volunteers, parents and athletes – without you, our continued exponential growth would not be possible,” said MN League Director, Josh Kleve. “We’re all looking forward to another four races yet this season.”

In Varsity Boys, Duluth Composite and Duluth East HS dominated the race and took the top 3 slots. Samuel Olson from Duluth Composite team took the Leaders place with seconds to spare in front of Samuel Hayden from Duluth East. Josey Weik from Duluth Composite took the third slot.

Varsity Girls had veteran racers Jordan Horner from Burnsville taking the Leaders Spot with over a 4 minute lead. Battling for the second slot was Claire Ommen from Rochester Composite and newcomer Anna Christian from Washburn High School. Claire took the second slot with Anna taking third just seconds behind.

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Girls JV, Claire Benton, Hopkins | Buck Hill Race #1

Another close finish: Sophomore Boys D1 – Nathan Latz from Hopkins beat Michael Davis from Duluth East HS to the finish by 13 seconds! And, then, Nathan Edstrom from Hopkins, was only 3 seconds behind Michael, to take third place.

Race #2 of a series of five is this Sunday, September 21st, in St. Cloud, Minn. – Find more information below.

Race Results and Photos

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With perfect weather, everyone had fun!

Individual results are now posted to the minnesotamtb.org site. Middle School and Team Results are posted below.

Individual Race Results:

Freshman Girls:
1. Moriah Johnson — Duluth East High School
2. Ellie Pfeiffer — Prior Lake High School
3. Hannah Brown — Stillwater HS
4. Katia Swanson — Lakeville North High School
5. Siri Bohacek — Stillwater HS

Freshman Boys – D1
1. Ian Derauf — Duluth East High School
2. Sebastien Frimat — Edina Mountain Bike Team
3. Bowdy Gustafson — Edina Mountain Bike Team
4. Shawn Higgins Jr — Duluth East High School
5. Jack Lange — Stillwater HS

Freshman Boys – D2
1. Braeden Anderson — Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Team
2. Stephen Hatt — Lakeville North High School
3. Mason De Keyrel — White Bear Lake High School
4. Alex Sipe — Wayzata Mountain Bike Team
5. Gavin Yares — Washburn High School

Sophmore Girls
1. Amanda Susnik — Duluth East High School
2. Madeline Pernat — Chanhassen High School
3. Nikita Finnerty — Crosby Ironton
4. Kali Meckle — Washburn High School
5. Sophie Dirnberger — Hopkins High School

Sophmore Boys – D1
1. Nathan Latz — Hopkins High School
2. Michael Davis — Duluth East High School
3. Nathan Edstrom — Hopkins High School
4. Mitchell Melin — Hopkins High School
5. Daniel Mondale — Hopkins High School

Sophmore Boys – D2
1. Connor Rono — Crosby Ironton
2. Will Curtis — St. Paul Central
3. Xavier Mansfield — Minneapolis Patrick Henry High School
4. Luke McDonell — Highland Park High School
5. Rowdy Larson — Roseville Area Composite

Junior Varsity Girls:
1. Josie Welsh — Armstrong Cycle Club
2. Sophie Farrow — Duluth East High School
3. Sydney Carlson — Apple Valley HS
4. Ellie Hedlund — MPLS Southside Compsite
5. Ashley Ball — Prior Lake High School

Junior Varsity Boys – D1
1. Collin Maynard — Hopkins High School
2. Francis Delaney — Edina Mountain Bike Team
3. Jason Colestock — Edina Mountain Bike Team
4. Brandan Eisma — Prior Lake High School
5. Carter Eng — Hopkins High School

Junior Varsity Boys – D2
1. Luke Doolittle — Eastview High School
2. Campbell Karjala — Bloomington Composite
3. Nathan Bich — Duluth Composite Team
4. Wyatt Furois — Roseville Area Composite
5. Dylan Anderson — Crosby Ironton

Varsity Girls
1. Jordan Horner — Burnsville High School
2. Claire Ommen — Rochester Composite
3. Anna Christian — Washburn High School
4. Cianna Swanson — Lakeville North High School
5. Nicole Schneider — Independent HS

Varsity Boys
1. Samuel Olson — Duluth Composite Team
2. Samuel Hayden — Duluth East High School
3. Josey Weik — Duluth Composite Team
4. Marcus Warrington — Independent HS
5. Ethan Depman — Rochester Composite

Middle School and Team Race Results:
These results are still under evaluation and will be posted later this week.

2014 MN High School Cycling League venues and dates:
9/7 – Race #1 – Buck Hill, Burnsville, MN
9/21 – Race #2 – Jail Trail, St. Cloud, MN directions
10/5 – Race #3 – Game Haven, Rochester, MN
10/12 – Race #4 – Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN
10/26 – Race #5 – State Championships: Whitetail Ridge, River Falls, WI
11/1 – Season Awards Banquet

Additional Race and MN League Information
MN League website: www.minnesotamtb.org
MN League Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MinnesotaMTB
MN League Twitter: twitter.com/MinnesotaMTB

About 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.

450 Students Projected For Fall HS Bike Race Series

Libby Hurley, libby@minnesotamtb.org MN MTNBike_july-20

The MN High School Cycling League is pleased to announce their outlook for the fall racing season.  (Above photo,  JV Riders Erik Brekke (325) from Eastview and Jackson Melin (335) from Hopkins battle for the lead after the start of the 2013 Mt. Kato race…uphill. Photo Credit: Todd Bauer) The MN League works during the off-season to actively recruit new student-athlete racers and teams to participate. This year’s efforts paid off with seven brand new teams and three composite teams split to form high-school specific teams. Composite teams are intended to be temporary solutions towards building single school-based teams or county-based home-school teams. “We had 26 teams racing in 2013,” said Minnesota League Director Josh Kleve. “We anticipate close to 40 teams will be ready to race this fall. We think we’ll be right around 400-450 student athletes racing.” MN League List of Teams Teams with “M” signifies middle school racers are included on their team. 1. Armstrong Cycle Club | M 2. Apple Valley HS Team | M 3. Austin Composite | M 4. Bloomington Composite | M 5. Burnsville HS Team | M 6. Chaska/Chanhassen | M 7. Cuyuna Lakes Team 8. Duluth Area Team | M 9. Eagan HS Team | M 10. East Metro Area Team 11. Eastview HS Team | M 12. Edina Area Team | M 13. Highland Park Team 14. Hopkins Area Team | M 15. Hutchinson Area Team | M 16. Lakeville HS Team | M 17. Mankato Composite Team | M 18. Maple Grove HS Team 19. Mayo Rochester HS Team 20. Mendota Heights Composite 21. Mpls Southside Composite | M 22. Minnetonka Area Team 23. Osseo HS Team 24. Patrick Henry HS Team 25. Prior Lake HS Team | M 26. Rochester Area Team 27. Rosemount HS Team | M 28. Roseville Area Team | M 29. St. Croix Valley Composite | M 30. Stillwater Area Team | M 31. Twin Cities Academy 32. Washburn HS Team | M 33. Wayzata Team | M 34. White Bear Lake HS Team Teams in Development 1. St. Anthony 2. Waconia 3. Northfield Full Team Details and Contacts The MN League is one of 13 statewide mountain bike racing leagues operating under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Based in Berkeley, CA, NICA provides resources and guidance to guide the development of high school mountain bike racing across the U.S. MN MTNBike_julyb-20CrankSisters Skill Session Crank Sisters Mountain Bike Try it Out Session on Wed. July 23 is open to GIRLS, no racing experience required. Please note, boys may attend the try it out session schedule on the same day and try out the bikes, but the skills session with Pro MTB Bike Racer Kyia Anderson is for girls only. July CrankSister Session will be lead by Kyia Anderson @kyiabikes at Salem Hills.  Full Details and Directions for CrankSisters Session and Pro Bio. About 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, Fox Racing Shox, Sho-Air, Yakima, Lizard Skins, DeFeet and Ritchey Designs; media partners Mountain Bike Action, Dirt Rag, Switchback and Cyclingnews. MN League specific sponsors include Founding Retailers Penn Cycle and Erik’s Bike and Board Shop, Mt Borah, Life Time Cycle, AAA, Muscle Milk, HealthPartners Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, Salsa, Peace Coffee Racing, Park Tool, Karma Race Management, Ipsity Marketing, and Valley Bike and Ski. For more information on the MN League, visit minnesotamtb.org.