We are just about a month away from hearing those sweet words at the start line! While not required for NICA athletes, interscholastic racing is one of NICA’s core youth activities. This racing format is the most inclusive format for youth, offering participants the opportunity to experience and learn discipline, success, failure, and graceful defeat.
Racing in the team environment helps student-athletes learn empathy, humility, adaptability, and resiliency. NICA student-athletes learn that it takes a village to build a successful racer, as well as to put on a race.
Camping at the races builds community within and between teams. Enjoying meals together while sharing stories, helping your teammate pitch their tent and gathering around the campfire on a cool fall evening develops relationships for a lifetime.
The new RACE GUIDE is ready and is full of important information that will help you and your student athlete have a great time at races. Please bookmark it and refer to it often and ask if you have questions.
Also, we will soon be sharing the VOLUNTEER NEEDS and SIGN-UPS for race weekends. Before or after your student athlete races, consider spending a couple hours supporting the race….it takes hundreds of volunteer hours to put a race weekend so every little bit of time you give helps! Stay tuned and join the fun!!
Renee Griswold | League Director
There were 15+ coaches from 5 area teams who took time out of their Sunday to learn and support our local trails. Chuck and Ariel were very generous with their time and helped us feel at home on this awesome trail.
We met in the parking lot with “Energy Rings” (Donuts) and did some quick introductions. Some Off-trail concerns about first response, 911 triage and maps were very important topics discussed before we even began to roll. Chuck and Ariel took us for a tour down mostly Orange trail. Shortcuts and evac routes were discussed at every crossing. Each feature was introduced albeit a few were experienced more quickly than the descriptions. Coaches felt very comfortable with the information shared.
A welcome yet a little unexpected thing happened. As Chuck described some of the projects in the works and the gaps the efforts face, several coaches raised their hands and offered to help. Some offered labor, some offered corporate participation. Some offered simple advice. It became a joint Tour of the Trails and a Tour of the NICA Community as we began to come together to support each other’s mission.
The tour concluded in about one hour and all agreed it was time very well spent.
One hour later, the Mukwonago team practice began at Emma Carlin. Information shared on the previous tour was used at this practice to help an athlete who felt they needed a shorter and safer route. (Tilly’s Shortcut). This is proof of the immediate and real benefit our teams feel and our student-athlete experience when NICA works closely with trail stewards around the state. I look forward to more joint ventures and in fact, some are hatching tonight already.
Keep the rubber side down and the smiles turned up, …and if you love the trails, thank your local Trail Steward!!!
Wisconsin MTB League TTC Coordinator
Mukwonago Composite Coach
Total 2022 League TTC Hours so far: 365!
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The WI League is developing a new partnership with Paramount Performance!
This partnership offers student athletes and coaches priority service and discounts on movement screenings, PT and injury triage.
Paramount Performance staff will also be at our Englewood Farm race to present information on proper warm-up, recovery and cross-training for MTB athletes.
At Paramount Performance, we concentrate on elevating human lives through movement. We provide an all-encompassing experience that prioritizes connection, inclusivity and customizing everyone’s journey. Offering both physical therapy and performance training collaborating under one roof, Paramount strives to be the gold standard of movement sciences and change lives in the process.
Paramount’s headquarters are located in Green Bay, WI and we have just added our second location in Historic Downtown Sun Prairie, WI.
Dr. Bryan Schwebke, Owner, PT (Green Bay)
Dr. Jared Hutterer, Lead PT of Sun Prairie Clinic
Dr. Sam Schwartz, PT (Green Bay)
Joe McGlynn, Director of Performance
For more information, contact:
Dr. Jared Hutterer, PT, DPT, EMR-A
Paramount Performance PT
UPCOMING GRAND OPENING FOR SUN PRAIRIE:
Paramount Performance is excited to announce the opening of our new location in Historic Sun Prairie, WI. We will be opening at 395 East Main Street. To celebrate, we are having a Grand Opening on August 4th from 5-8 PM. We will have snacks, refreshments, and some great giveaways. Stop by to see the new space and get to know the Paramount team. Also, be on the lookout for our Grand Opening pricing on all our services throughout the first month.
COACH & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
On-The-Bike Clinics: New Dates Coming Soon
Check the League Calendar for the most current information and links to registration.
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 email@example.com 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.
Interested? Fill out this form and the Rover Coordinator will be in touch!
Announcer Team Member
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.
Interested? Fill out this form and the Race Director will reach out!
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.
DreamBikes is a proud sponsor of the WI League and they are seeking a new Store Manager in Milwaukee.
DreamBikes is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides hands-on, paid job training to teens. Working in conjunction with local youth organizations, DreamBikes employs teens from the area to work in the store; teaching them how to refurbish bicycles, use the POS software, and to deliver great customer service. DreamBikes provides lifelong skills to our teen employees, helping them to shift gears and find a bright future.
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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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