“Let’s go to Minooka!” This popular phrase is heard often from riders in Southeastern Wisconsin, as it is a go-to place to ride!
The start hill at Minooka is famous for it’s roaring, costumed crowds encouraging athletes to ‘keep pedaling’ to make it to the top. Different from Telemark, the roots, rocks and sometimes narrow tree openings use the technical skills student athletes have been practicing. Quick jaunts through the trees allow spectators to see their athletes often. Let’s get ready for the fun!
We are paperless so this is the source for all things racing! Registration, race plates, course map, schedule for the weekend and more. Please take the time to read it so you know the scoop and download what you need for race weekend.
Minooka camping reservations are made through Waukesha County, not your Team Camping Planner. This is the only race of the season like this. Minooka staff will be onsite to manage camping. Reservations can be made here. Trash continues to be carry-in/carry-out so please plan accordingly.
Team Pitzone & Day of Parking
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.
Day-of-parking will be in the large fields at the bottom and top of the hill, near the start/finish/Pitzone areas.
There will be a drop-off/pick-up area and some accessible parking spots available near the start/finish for those who need these accommodations on race day.
Volunteer and Earn New Priority Pitzone Placement!!
Calling all parents, caregivers, grandparents, extended family and friends! We need a couple hours of your time on race weekend!
We only have 35% of the volunteers needed to make the Minooka race possible! Please signup to help create a great event! Jobs are fun and don’t require any previous experience or, in most cases, even riding a bike. Anyone can help! Teens can help too, but they must do a job where their own parent/guardian can be working in the same area.
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.
NEW: 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.
A new Warm-Up Area has been created for our student athletes at Minooka. Look for the entry along the field next to Pitzone. Athletes should take a few laps around this area and no longer warm-up on the park roads or trails we are not using for the race. Coaches, please be sure to pass this information along to your athletes!
Several food trucks will be onsite on Sunday featuring burgers, tacos, Italian beef, ice cream and more!
GRiT: Girls Riding Together
Saturday, September 10
12:00pm Meet at the GRiT tent for pre-ride craft or game. 12:30pm GRiT Ride. All female identifying athletes and coaches welcome.
Bike Repair Clinic
Saturday, September 10 5:30-6:30pm At Neutral Support Tent
Come learn or refresh your basic bike repair skills so you can solve issues on course, if needed. Keep reading for supplies you should always have with you for these tasks and come learn to use them.
Teen Trail Corps Tent
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!
Hands on the Bars!
Don’t be caught no-handed! Coming through the finish is awesome but we need safety first! Showboating at the end of a race can be penalized. Keep your hands on your grips, not the center of your bars, within reach of your brake levers during and after the race. See rule 4.2.D for more details.
Tools for your ride…during a race too!
Many racers had bike issues at Telemark. There were flat tires, broken chains, and even a lost crank arm. Some of this is an easy fix on the trail! Finishing a race is always better than a DNF (did not finish). If your bike breaks during a race, you have 3 options…
Can’t fix it, run your bike the rest of the race. Get the points for finishing.
Wait for a Rover, spectator, or coach to give you a tool and or help you repair it. Outside Assistance is a 5 minute penalty, but you still get points for finishing.
BEST OPTION:Have your own tools and know how to fix the issue. A rover, coach, or spectator can TALK you through the fix without a penalty.
Get the points? Yes!
What supplies should you carry in your pack?
Here are our recommendations for supplies. Check with your local bike shops to see what they have in stock.
The National Anthem is performed before each race wave, which means 5 renditions per race day.
While we could use recorded versions of the National Anthem, we have many talented student athletes and coaches who could perform. These performances could also be non-NICA groups from nearby schools – an ensemble from the music department, perhaps.
The anthem takes place a few minutes before the start of each category on every race day, approximately at these times:
8:50am Middle School Boys
9:50am Freshman Boys
12:20pm JVII Boys
1:35pm JVIII/Varsity Boys
If you are interested in providing a respectful, quality performance any race(s), please contact League Director, Renee Griswold at firstname.lastname@example.org
How about that for a fun way to start the season!! Congratulations to all the staff, volunteers, athletes, coaches, parents/guardians and NICA fans for a super awesome start to the 2022 NICA season in Wisconsin!
Telemark is a great venue and will only keep getting better as more trails are built and logistics are tweaked. Having CAMBA on site along with our own Adventure, TTC and GRiT programming rounded out a great weekend of racing. Camping on the historic grounds was made even a bigger treat with viewing of the Northern Lights.