2022 brings a new bye-week format to the race season to ease-the-squeeze at our race venues. Each team will be invited to 5 of the 7 races. All Teams are invited to the season kick-off at the new Telemark venue in Cable and the State Championship at Trek Trails in Waterloo and three more races in between.
Race flyers with detailed information for each race weekend will be posted and shared soon.
Race Weekend Camping
New: Each team has a Team Camping Planner who will gather your team’s camping needs and then make a team reservation with the League. No individual camping reservations this year. Team Camping Planners will soon receive details on the new process.
Camping will be available on Saturday nights of race weekends except at Telemark where camping will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with some bonus non-race fun to help kick-off race season. Stay tuned for more info!
Adventure Ride | Saturday, July 23 9am-2pm CamRock Area 2 68 County Hwy B, Cambridge WI
Adventure rides are opportunities for student athletes to ride an MTB-orienteering course with their teammates in a pod led by their team coaches.
What is MTB-orienteering?
It is like an orienteering race but at mountain bike speed. Pods will get navigation maps and a control punch card at the start. Use the map to find markers out on the course and punch your card. Pods can select ride options from Mild (5 markers), Medium (10 markers) and Spicy (15 markers/12 miles).
Coaches will lead the ride the same as a practice. Teams will have ride groups maintaining a student-athlete to coach ratio of 6:1 or 8:2 minimum. You can combine ride groups with other NICA teams to get to the ratios and to have some more fun!
Finish your ride and return your punch card to the registration table. Riders will get a rad finishers sticker. Grab some finish line food. Claim your ticket for the giveaway. We will have some awesome prizes to give away; helmets, lights, and a Saris rack. Drawing takes place at 2:30, must be present to win.
Family-led camping is available at Camrock 2 on Friday night and Saturday night.
This event is a joint fundraiser with CORP. We will split net proceeds with them to help keep building awesome trails.
To open registration to your team, please contact Joe FitzGibbon at email@example.com
Student-Athletes: $50. Register in Pitzone. Scholarships are available.
Coaches: No charge but please register in Eventbrite so we know you are coming.
Family Camping: $25 RV. $15 Tent. Register in Eventbrite.
Note to coaches: Adventure Rides are League organized, Team Led. Student athletes enter the course in team pods and participate under the same guidelines as a practice. There is no limit on the number of riders you can bring from your team, so long as you have enough coaches to maintain the 6:1 or 8:2 ratios.
Proceeds from this ride will be split with Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) to fund trail maintenance.
There will be a Teen Trail Corps work session on Friday afternoon. More details to follow.
Thank you to Mukwonago Composite team(s) for your work at John Muir Trails on an area of trail that the local youth (as young as age 8) frequent. This is a strong statement to the altruistic nature of our NICA Community encouraging participants of all ages and abilities!
Opportunities exist for Adopt-A-Trail at many local trail clusters. Please consider dedicating just ONE team practice for trail maintenance or possibly completing a Trail Adoption task. July – August months are key times for invasives taking over the trail shoulders and trail stewards doing what they can; They need your help.
For opportunities, contact TTC Coordinator Mike Seiler at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local trail stewards for guidance on how your team can participate. Together we can keep our trails viable and available for generations of MTB riders!
Total 2022 League TTC Hours so far: 309!
Keep it going!!
Welcome Heather Rainer Peat as the new GRiT Coordinator for the WI League!
Heather is passionate about getting #moregirlsonbikes and #morewomenonbikes! She is taking over this position with “GRiT” and gusto will be amazing as your GRiT Head Coach!! email@example.com
COACH & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
On-The-Bike Clinics: NEW DATES
A few more OTB 101 courses are on the calendar. Scholarships available.
July 13 in Waukesha
July 20 in Waukesha
July 21 in Salem
August 11 in Salem
Wisconsin Bike Patrol is accepting applications from volunteers who have previous medical training to join their TEAM.
You have seen them on the trails. Perhaps they have helped you or a family member. Here is your chance to join the team of volunteers that provide emergency medical services on the trails!
Minimum Accepted Training is EMT / OEC, but the Board of Directors will consider others. WBP Volunteers include Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, EMTs, OECs, and First Responders, Active or Retired.
This 501c3 Non-Profit Organization handles the Medical for ‘Athletic’ Events where Medics on Bikes can get to the injured Faster and Easier than other EMS units. They cover Mountain Bike Events, Bicycle Road Rides, Marathons, Triathlons, and other like Events. You do not need to be a Mountain Biker to be on the TEAM, but the ability to ride a bike short distances is required. The Wisconsin Bike Patrol has covered the NICA Races since its inception.
For an application, or more information, email David Mangan firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the Medical Area at a NICA Event.
Open Positions with the WI League
The Wisconsin League is looking for up to 30 Rovers to ride with the athletes during the races
What is a Rover?
Working together with other Rovers and the Rover Coordinator, you are the eyes and ears, riding your bike, on the race course to ensure athletes are safe and following the NICA race rules. Provide a bit of encouragement to those athletes that need it and move out of the way for those that don’t.
* You are a level 2 or 3 NICA coach.
* You will commit to 5-7 race days and be prepared to ride 2 laps (up to 5 laps) with the same waves each race.
* You will meet with the Rover Coordinator on Race day for a debrief, immediately following the coaches’ meeting.
* You will agree to read the Rover paperwork and adhere to the guidelines laid out to promote a safe and successful race.
* You will ride your mountain bike following all NICA rules while monitoring the racers on the course.
* You will carry tools, first aid, water, and snacks on the course.
Race Announcers help keep the energy up and spectators informed. Seeking 1-2 more people to share this important role. Interested? Fill out this form and the Race Director will reach out!
Chief Course Marshal Assistant
Working closely with Corse Setters and Bike Patrol, the Chief Course Marshal Team, led by the Chief Course Marshal, determines ‘Marshal Points’ where volunteer Course Marshals will be stationed during races, keeps track of rule violations and supports the EMS plan. The CCM Assistant will work with the CCM to delivery the responsibilities of this group on race weekends.
The following information is NOT PART OF NICA Wisconsin Interscholastic Cycling League, but might be of interest to the NICA community. This is for information only and all communication should be made with the event provider.
Again, THESE ARE NOT NICA Wisconsin Interscholastic Cycling League programs or events, but might be fun to do on your own.
A state-wide racing series for all ages and level of riders. Junior athletes receive discounted race fees. Click to learn more.
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