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2021 HERE WE COME!

Annual Coach & Rider registration opens March 1st
Join us at Ray's Indoor MTB Park on March 13th
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Executive Director's Message
I hope I'm not alone in struggling to find the words to describe the magic that occurred, enabling us to host all 6-races of the D&D Bicycles 2020 MiSCA Race Series. Against all odds and internal wagers, somehow we did it! Not only did we do it, but we also did it safely and in partnership with the land managers and stakeholders we continue to nurture relationships with. I’m beyond proud of our coaches, staff, and Board for stepping up to the challenges 2020 gave us and overcoming them in a big way!
We’re definitely part of the “bike boom” and saw a huge increase in participation in 2020! We went from around 500 students participating in MiSCA in 2019 to more than 700 last year. We’re planning to be back close to normal this Fall and we're estimating we'll see more than 800 students on bikes in 2021 with an average of somewhere around 500 attending each race. Year after year we think “this growth can’t happen again” but we are continually surprised! It’s all thanks to the shared vision and inclusive environments created by our coaches. Thank you!

This is a lengthy MiSCA Update, so I hope you’ll take some time to explore everything that is included. We’ve been busy and are in the process of developing new programs and partnerships to expand our offerings. We even went so far as to revise our Mission Statement, which is featured throughout this newsletter - this better communicates who we are, what we do, and why we do it! Mark your calendars for our Welcome to MiSCA 2021 informational webinar for coaches and parents scheduled for March 30th.

One bit of news I’m excited to share is a transition in our leadership team. I officially accepted an employment agreement as MiSCA’s first employee starting February 1. This started a planned series of events, including my resignation from the Board of Directors and Jodie Giles being elected to serve as President as of the February 9 board meeting. Overall, you should only notice positive changes from this transition. I’ll continue as the primary contact for the organization, as Executive Director and Race Director for MiSCA, but will be able to dedicate more of my focus to the needs of this growing nonprofit. While this transition did not require my resignation, it is best practice for nonprofit organizations and in the best interest of the Association to maintain transparency and empower the Board of Directors to preserve oversight of the chief executive. Sarah will remain our go-to for all things registration and we plan to again grow our race staff to maintain flexibility and better serve our families (more information coming soon).

A highlight of my resignation from the Board is that it gives us the opportunity to welcome diverse new perspectives at the highest levels to help guide us into the future. Please take a moment to read our call for applicants below and share with anyone you think would be a good fit for the Board!
THANK YOU!
Jodie Giles
2021 MiSCA President
CONGRATULATIONS!
Lisa Loetzner
2020 MiSCA Founder's Award Recipient
Lastly, I want to personally congratulate Lisa Loetzner for earning the 2020 MiSCA Founder’s Award. Normally we would present this on the podium at the State Championship race, but we were lucky enough to get together for a ride to celebrate last fall. This is our highest honor and Lisa was recognized for her tireless efforts and decade of dedication to our mission of increasing youth participation in mountain biking in Michigan. The races wouldn't be as safe or fun without her unique perspective and passion!

     Happy Trails,
     
     SEAN WARREN
     Executive Director
Join our Board of Directors!
MiSCA is seeking applicants to join our Board of Directors (apply by Mar 1). We'd like to take this opportunity to elevate people of color into areas of influence within our organization. We know our events and teams don't look as diverse as the communities we serve, so we need your help to spread the news and welcome more of our neighbors into the sport... and we recognize that starts from the top! In addition to recruiting for this Board seat, we started a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee that will focus on developing programs to make MiSCA more inclusive. Those interested in joining the Board and/or serving on any committee should reach out to swarren@miscabike.org and apply at https://miscabike.org/apply.

Apply today  |  Our Leadership Team
Don't miss out on your annual trip to Ray's!
That's right! MiSCA is headed to Ray's Indoor MTB Park in Cleveland, Ohio on March 13th.
This year will look a bit different, to keep everything as safe as possible, but we're still expecting to have LOTS of fun and a full day of riding at Ray's. See www.miscabike.org/rays for more information!


Learn more  |  Register now
Rider & Coach Registration - March 1st!
MiSCA utilizes Sports SignUp Play (SSU Play) to help us manage teams, coaches, volunteers, parents, and riders. We operate on a "league model", which runs March 1 - March 1 each year, and requires an annual registration fee ($50 riders, $30 coaches). Due to insurance requirements, all riders (including adults) must be registered with MiSCA to participate in team practices and compete in races. League registration opens March 1st, race registration opens June 1st. Adults create family accounts and register their children and themselves for participation. First year riders can use code FIRSTYR when registering to waive the annual fee. Scholarships available if finances are a barrier to participation. Please email registration@miscabike.org with questions or technical issues.
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D&D Bicycles 2021 MiSCA Race Series
We are excited to announce 6 youth-only mountain bike races scheduled for this fall! You'll notice some new venues, a return to some prior locations, and the favorites you've come to love. We previously announced a venue for race #5 that we were unable to get permitted to meet our safety requirements. We are in talks with other venues but are planning to keep race #5 on Oct 10th in Southeast Michigan. Race registration will open June 1st this year, in hopes we have a better picture of what the fall will look like before riders sign up.
  1. Aug 29 Heritage Park
  2. Sep 12 Addison Oaks p/b Cycletherapy
  3. Sep 19 Merrell Trail
  4. Sep 26 Bloomer Park p/b Fraser Bicycle
  5. Oct 10 To Be Determined p/b Wheels In Motion
  6. Oct 17 Cannonsburg Ski Area p/b Hammerhead Bike Howell
 
STAY CONNECTED ALL YEAR LONG
Join the MiSCA Mom's Group on Facebook. It's open to all parents (yes Dads too) and coaches to stay connected, buy/sell outsized MTB related items, ask questions, and share pictures.
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FEMALE-FOCUSED PROGRAMS
Little Bellas
In case you haven't heard, Little Bellas is coming to Milford in 2021!  Little Bellas' mission is mentoring on mountain bikes through a curriculum-based (in a FUN way!) program for girls ages 7-13.  Co-founded by Olympic XC cyclist Lea Davison and her sister Sabra, Little Bellas already has multiple chapters across the country and has been wildly successful in getting girls together in a non-competitive and fun environment!  This weekly program will take place Monday nights at Milford trail throughout late spring and into summer.  This club is not formally affiliated with MiSCA.
BRAVE: Girls Epic Adventures
For those looking for a fun way to get some miles in and get to know other women riders in the area, MiSCA will be offering its first-ever girls' adventure club this summer! This will be for girls ages 12+ and will be another non-competitive group that is focused on fun and adventure as they tour local trails and find new ways to explore and play in our backyards. This ride club will take place over ~5 sessions at various trails and be led by a number of MiSCA coaches in SE Michigan. No team affiliation required! Open to all female MiSCA students. Registration opens on April 1st.
Girls Moving Mountains Podcast
Girls Moving Mountains is a National Interscholastic Cycling Association GRiT-inspired podcast! While this is podcast is for everyone, there is a strong focus towards recruiting female student-athletes and coaches into mountain biking while building a supportive community across the nation. Each episode will be 30-45 minutes with new guest stories being released every other week. We have grouped episodes into themes: Creating Culture, Repair and Care, Student-Athlete Spotlight, Breaking the Barrier, Where Are They Now, and What's Next. We believe these themes embody the spirit and values of mountain biking and will appeal to student-athletes, coaches, parents, and communities from all over.
Mountain Biking by Henry Wert
The chirp of the birds, zooming by great big trees, the smell of white pine and fresh air, the feeling of the wind blowing on you as you are ripping down a trail on your mountain bike. If this sounds exciting to you, then you should try mountain biking! Mountain biking is a super fun activity and sport where you ride your bike on trails. In this text, I’ll teach you about mountain biking equipment, types of bikes, riding surfaces, racing and teams!

Continue reading Henry Wert's presentation
Varsity athletes! Interested in racing beyond high school?
MiSCA is in the process of developing our own Devo club for our more elite athletes. This idea has bubbled up from a few coaches and riders, as a way to get more-advanced riders an increased level of training and support. We're still working out details, but some ideas include endurance-based training plans, nutrition counseling, and the structure for riders to meet in person or online to communicate, share goals, challenges, and milestones, and ultimately ride with their peers in a non-competitive venue. We would feature current and past collegiate cyclists to share their training plans, how they got noticed by colleges, and what collegiate cycling actually looks like. We would also feature current and past professional cyclists to share similar stories. We would partner with local sports-medicine organizations to provide a higher level of support to teens that may not be able to afford this type of counseling. Lastly, we would like to provide travel scholarships for youth to attend the USA Cycling National Championships, where our athletes will be showcased against their peers from around the country.

Interested students, parents, and coaches should contact Jim Davis for more information
D&D Bicycles is Hiring
Multiple Positions Available - Apply Online Today
At D&D Bicycles & Hockey, we have many opportunities for talented, cycling and hockey enthusiasts to join our team. From sales positions for outgoing & driven individuals to service positions for technical & hands-on mechanics, we're always looking for great people to come work with us.

Review our available positions below and   apply online today   

Part time and full time positions available across all 7 D&D Bicycles and Hockey locations. We offer flexible schedules, benefits, employee purchases and an enthusiastic work atmosphere.
  • Business Internship
  • Hockey Sales Associate
  • Bicycle Sales Associate
  • Service Mechanic
  • Bicycle Builder
  • Service Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Store Manager

  Learn more  
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Support our Mission!
The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers communities to develop and grow K-12 youth mountain biking programs across the state. We instill confidence by promoting the values of an active lifestyle, healthy competition, and outdoor stewardship and adventure while building life-long friendships in an inclusive environment. MiSCA now serves more than 700 kids and 250 coaches throughout the state, with new clubs/teams forming all the time. In the fall, MiSCA holds a professionally-run 6-event youth-only mountain bike race series. We provide coach training and support through a certification program that requires skills clinics, first aid/CPR training, background checks, and more to ensure safe and consistent education is provided to our youth. Additionally, MiSCA has programming focused on getting more girls active in the sport by creating girls-only events where girls feel welcomed and ensuring girls are included equally in all aspects of the organization. Cycling is truly a lifelong sport, and we strive to create a fun environment where everyone can experience the joys of the outdoors.
Thanks to YOUR SUPPORT, we waived $10,733 in registration fees to help families in 2020!
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Special thanks to our top supporters:

D&D Bicycles



Cycletherapy Bicycles space Fraser Bicycle

Hammerhead Bike Howell (Elite Level Sponsor) space Wheels In Motion (Elite Level Sponsor)



Barry Roubaix (Expert Level Sponsor) space Clinton River Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA) (Expert Level Sponsor)
Giant/Liv (Expert Level Sponsor) space KOM Cycling (Expert Level Sponsor) space KLM Bike & Fitness (Expert Level Sponsor) space
Motor City Mountain Bike Association (MCMBA) (Expert Level Sponsor) space Primal Apparel (Expert Level Sponsor & Official Team Apparel of MiSCA) space West Michigan Mountain Bike Alliance (WMMBA) (Expert Level Sponsor)

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