Contributed by Joel Woodward, Coaching Director, Minnesota High School Cycling League. We at the league frequently receive questions, complaints and praise for the conduct of our student athletes in the races relating to passing. Passing, done well or poorly is a regular topic of discussion and at times frustration. This topic comes up most often…

There is a new rule on wheels leaving the ground including wheelies. The new rule from NICA is ride with respect.  Ride in control at all times, be respectful of the riders around you, their safety and the setting you are in. As coaches assessing the situation, is the skill appropriate for the rider, is…

Calvin Jones Those early season team rides are often the first time coaches get an on-the-bike look at their riders after the long break. You may have noticed that with feeding and watering, there is tendency to grow. Speaking broadly, and as a parent, it can be hard to notice the difference day-to-day. But a…

Bonnie Larson, Fundamentals Lead for the MHSCL Demo Team The fall season is upon us! For many teams, practices will commence the first week of July. What have you done with the skills and coaching tips you learned in OTBS 101 and 201? Are they dialed in and ready to go? Summer can be busy…

Annual training plans Rich Van Sickle Rich VanSickle Trying to plan a season of practices can seem like an overwhelming task. In order to help coaches, we’ve asked Jason Digman to develop a sample training program.  Jason is a lifelong cyclist and enjoys helping people enjoy their cycling and ride fast. He was a professional…

Mandatory Process for Submitting Injury Reports NICA has developed a web-based, user-friendly and very informative electronic incident reporting form.  This form will be used to submit injury reports to NICA starting with the 2018 Season . In addition, this form will be providing data for a safety study being done in cooperation with the University…

Joel Woodward Contributed by Joel Woodward Here are a few check lists and reminders for keeping practice moving smoothly and safely. Early in the season, late in the day: The first practices of the season are instrumental in laying a foundation and forms the first impressions for the coaches and athletes. Take time to get…

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,…