Lowe’s Creek has been a mainstay in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Cycling League race series and this year we are shaking it up!
The venue map will soon be available in the Race Guide, which changes weekly with new information, so always check it before a race.
At Lowes Creek, note the new start/finish/infield layout and new camping locations. The course is also different too, not just at the start. It is fairly flat and fast with lots of weaving between trees, stumps and roots. Get ready for a refresh of an old favorite!
REMINDER: Online race registration is made in Pitzone and closes at 11:59pm the Tuesday before each race.
On-site registration is available but has a late fee and athletes lose their staging position if they are not registered by the Tuesday night deadline.
Check Your Race Times
IMPORTANT: Please check the Race Guide each week for current wave start times. D1 & D2 will alternate between start times and there may be other modifications as well. Pending any extenuating last minute changes, the schedule listed on Thursday before race day is accurate.
Camping reservations are made with your Team Camping Planner. Please contact him/her/them for all your team details.
The Team Pitzone is located near the race start and is ideal for race day operations. Athletes can gather at your Pitzone tent on Sunday to warm-up, get tune-ups and prepare for staging before they race. Trash is again carry-in/carry-out. Please plan accordingly.
Volunteers have fun and simple training is provided!
You don’t need experience and you don’t need to miss your athlete’s race as a volunteer. From helping people figure out where to park to watching the races on the course or riding your bike during the race helping athletes during their races there are opportunities for you. These are some of the volunteer needs.
Teams who rack up the highest percentage of volunteer hours based on their team size at each race will receive PRIORITY PITZONE PLACEMENT for their next race!! WOOT!! (Yes, Trek hours will transfer to the 2023 season).
Which volunteer position is right for you?
Consider your athlete’s race schedule. Consider how much time you are willing to give to your athlete’s race to make it successful and awesome. Look at the volunteer registration form and find the times that coordinate with those factors. Find jobs that you would enjoy based on the descriptions in the signups and remember, training is provided so give anything a try.
Stop by the new Teen Trail Corps tent and learn all about TTC opportunities and how to EARN TTC BADGES for your trail work. Information will be posted all weekend and TTC volunteers will be available to answer questions at various times too.
NICA races are so exciting! Watching athletes work so hard and accomplish new goals is a rush! Sometimes the excitement can get in the away though of good spectator etiquette and this can cause hazards to athletes and race officials. Please keep the following in mind and realize the poor spectator behavior can result in a team penalty.
Always be aware of your surroundings, even behind you! Walking a trail to get to good spot? Check over your shoulder often for athletes on the course and always move well out of their way.
Be a good sport. Be a good role model to your child and all student athletes by remaining calm and positive.
Keep the course clear. Only cross the active course if absolutely necessary. You might think it is clear but athletes are fast and they need a clear path ahead.
Listen to Race Officials. They have a job to do to keep the race going safely. Please cooperate and follow their instructions with a smile.
Bike Patrol ALWAYS has right of way. They are just like an ambulance on the road, on a bike or when driving their UTV. Clear the way immediately when you hear their the horn or voices so they can get to the person in need as quickly and safety as possible….it could be your child they are trying to help some day.
Keep small children (and dogs) close and help them learn to be good spectators too.
Only help athletes with their bikes on course if they ask. Many athletes can fix their own bikes and there are time penalties for getting outside assistance so please don’t jump in unless they ask.
All these rules, and more, are found in the NICA HANDBOOK and all coaches, parents, spectators and athletes are expected to know and follow the rules. Many of the spectator-specific rules are in Section 3.
Thank you for helping all athletes have a safe and fast race!
Think ahead about getting involved in upcoming races too….let’s keep the stoke going all season!
The course at Englewood Grass Farm is a world-class race venue which hosts state, national and international MTB races. NICA can now be added to the list of athletes who have enjoyed the technical riding and great views on course, while being cheered on by the moo-ing cows on the beautiful land. Many thanks to the Agnew Family for opening their home to the WI League!
Race results and photos will be posted here but give photos a bit more time to upload if you are quick to click today. A big thanks to our photographers this weekend!
See you at your next race!
Renee Griswold, League Director