Just announced: meeting for Juniors and High School MTB

NICA has just issued a Press Release about a meeting planned here is Wisconsin next Wednesday, November 16 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. This was just announced, and it is short notice, but we hope you will be able to attend if you are interested in the future of racing for Juniors here in Wisconsin. You can RSVP and find out more, here. You can download a pdf of the press release and read it from WORS Facebook page.  The full text is also below.  Here's a quote from Don last month based on frequent questions about the future of Juniors racing in Wisconsin.
WORS is highly in favor of an independent four event Wisconsin High School series and would support it with our full resources! We need individuals to step up and form local clubs and become certified coaches through USA Cycling. http://www.usacycling.org/highschool Once there are six to eight teams (ideally operating like the suggested clubs in the post above), then we can bring representation from the teams together and start the planning for high school only events.
Interested? Want some background info? You can learn more and contribute to the discussion here: http://www.wors.org/cgi-bin/forums/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST%3Bf%3D3%3Bt%3D4689%3B&#top   Here is the text of NICA's press release: Wisconsin demographics and terrain make it an ideal location for the next NICA league. The meeting will answer questions about forming both clubs and a league. Press Release – for immediate release High school cycling leaders visit Madison, Wisconsin Meeting to serve as spring board for new clubs and league development Contact: Paul Skilbeck paul@nationalmtb.org 415.516.1444 BERKELEY, Calif. – The National Interscholastic Cycling Association is hosting an educational outreach event in Madison, Wisconsin on November 16th with the aim of forming new high school mountain bike clubs in the state and region. All are welcome. The Madison outreach event – led by NICA’s Executive Director and the Development Director, Matt Fritzinger and Ben Capron – will outline NICA’s vision and methods, as well as how people can get involved in the flourishing high school mountain bike movement. Meeting Schedule: Wednesday, November 16, 7:00–9:00 PM Location: The Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703 More info: Wisconsin Outreach Webpage In September, NICA launched the NICA Indie Club Program, whereby high school mountain bike clubs can join NICA as fully insured and supported high school mountain bike clubs before a formal league exists. New Wisconsin clubs may also participate in the recently formed Minnesota League. The meeting will include discussions about the formation of clubs, and also answer questions about the process of forming a Wisconsin league. The Minnesota and Wisconsin initiatives are part of NICA’s plan to establish mountain biking as a high school sport reaching from coast to coast by 2020. NICA currently has leagues in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington. This year, fifteen new states enquired about becoming a NICA League. NICA founder, Matt Fritzinger said, “A lot of outstanding mountain biking development work has already been done in Wisconsin. We are hoping to put the high school piece into this puzzle, and are looking for a range of people who will create new high school cycling leagues. Mountain biking is our focus, which we find provides a great basis life long involvement in all disciplines of cycling.” NICA is a 501©3 non-profit organization. Leagues receive no funding from schools, school districts, athletic funds or any other tax-based revenue. Anybody who would like to talk or meet with Matt Fritzinger and Ben Capron to discuss a new Wisconsin league should contact Tyler Dibble tyler@nationalmtb.org, or call 510.524.5464.

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