Platform Pedals, What’s the Deal?

Contributed by Bonnie Larsen, Fundamentals Lead for the MHSCL Demo Team Spring is on its way, which means that most of us are itching to get out on the bike and experience the thrill of riding a sweet ribbon of dirt. As you climb on your bike and hit the trails, how do you shake out…

The Mn Mechanic – Advice to Coaches Re: Equipment Purchases

Contributed by Calvin Jones, Stillwater Team Director In this Minnesota Mechanic corner of the Coaches News, I will discuss various aspects of equipment, related to school cycling programs. There are plenty of “how-to fix a bike” sources on the internet, and in books or magazines, so here I look at other aspects of equipment. Also,…

Dedicated Strength Training

Contributed by Joel Woodward, Coaching Director Benefits The most common benefits of good strength programs from my reading and training are: helping athletes be more resistant to overuse injuries, Improved body composition, better bone density, and improved performance Young athletes many find strength training rewarding and enjoyable. It is important to keep in mind that,…

On The Bike Skills (OTBS) 2018

Contributed by Bonnie Larsen, Fundamentals Lead for the MHSCL Demo Team In the past, NICA offered MTB 101 as a way to train coaches how to teach their student athletes. MTB 101 exposed coaches to the skills their riders would need to safely complete a race. While many skills were demonstrated, there was neither the focus…