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HEADED BACK TO GRAND RAPIDS

RACE #5 AT MERRELL TRAIL IS THIS WEEKEND


No video this week, so we wanted to share a few photos showcasing the MUD from the Wheels In Motion 2020 Milford Trail Time Trial!



     


We're so proud of all the riders for conquering this challenging course in less than ideal conditions. Hopefully, your bikes are washed and tuned because we're onto the next race already!

~ lots more photos here ~
 
D&D Bicycles 2020 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. Available maps have been posted to each event webpage, so familiarize yourself with the courses.
  1. Aug 30 Hickory Glen p/b Cycletherapy
  2. Sep 13 Addison Oaks p/b Fraser Bicycle
  3. Sep 20 Cannonsburg Ski Area
  4. Oct 04 Milford Trail p/b Wheels In Motion
  5. Oct 11 Merrell Trail
  6. Oct 18 Bloomer Park p/b Newton Timing
 
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MERRELL PRE-RIDE :: IMPORTANT / EXCITING NEWS
Thanks to the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance (WMMBA), Merrell Trail will be running in the RED (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun) direction on SATURDAY 10/10 only. This means you can pre-ride the race course in the proper direction on the Saturday before race day.

Details for Race #5 at Merrell Trail on 10/11

Merrell is another returning trail for 2020! A machine-built trail that was built specifically with mountain bikers in mind, this trail flows and takes you for a fun ride, while still introducing some technical challenges in the form of roots and rocks. Parking and main staging area will be out of the Art Van Sports complex off of Ten Mile Rd in Rockford.

 
8:00 am Registration Opens (ARRIVE 30 MINS PRIOR TO RACER START TIME)
  • There is no day-of registration available.
  • Coaches will pick up plates for all riders on their team (also available on Saturday).
  • All pre-purchased (or free) t-shirts will be available for pickup at your team tent.
  • Riders not on a team can pick up their plate and t-shirts at the registration tent.
  • In order to avoid as many transactions in person as possible, consider ordering merchandise online at www.miscabike.org/store. No cash sales on race day.
  • All pre-purchased jackets, jerseys, cowbells, or stickers will be available for pickup at the registration tent. Limited supply still available - buy yours today!
It is recommended that riders arrive 30 mins before race start. Riders report to Check-in / Staging Area 10 mins prior to start time. Start times are available at miscabike.org/2020-race-5-start and will be reassigned before each race.
 

Download the course map: [PDF] [Beginner GPX] [Advanced GPX]
TIME TRIAL FORMAT: First riders to start at 9:00am (start times assigned by rider)

  • VARSITY: 2 Advanced Laps (14 miles)
  • JUNIOR VARSITY: 1 Advanced Lap (7 miles)
  • ADVANCED MIDDLE SCHOOL: 1 Advanced Lap (7 miles)
  • NOVICE: 2 Beginner Laps (8 miles)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL: 2 Beginner Laps (8 miles)
  • UPPER ELEMENTARY: 1 Beginner Lap (4 miles)
  • LOWER ELEMENTARY: 1 Beginner Lap (4 miles)

START TIMES POSTED: miscabike.org/2020-race-5-start

Race Day Coronavirus Precautions - MASK UP!
The MiSCA Staff has been asking folks to wear masks without much fuss, but we started keeping track of repeat offenders at race #3. If you are in/around the race start/finish/staging/registration area, you need to wear a mask. If at any time you cannot maintain 6' of distancing with someone from another household (exception for brief moments while racing), you need to wear a mask. If at any time you ask yourself, "should I be wearing a mask right now?", just go ahead and put that mask on. The MiSCA Staff are wearing masks all day, so we get it - it's not fun or comfortable, but it's something we need to do to ensure we have a complete season in 2020. If you are asked to put your mask or helmet on, you may also be asked for your name or plate number - the staff will compare notes after the race and could assess penalties if we see the same name multiple times. Penalties can progress up to expulsion from the series. Parents, remember that riders should stow or throw away their masks at the start line - you should not be crossing the tape to collect a mask. Thanks to everyone for your efforts!
In order to host a safe event, it is imperative that MiSCA designs the race series to avoid as many interactions as possible between participants and to keep overall attendee numbers as low as possible. The information below provides some insight into the requirements imposed on teams, athletes, volunteers, and spectators in order for races to follow State of Michigan, CDC, MHSAA, and local school district and government policy and guidance to return to play. The full scope of adjustment and restrictions is detailed in the 2020 Race Series Plan for COVID-19 Compliance and Mitigation, available by visiting our dedicated webpage addressing the virus: www.miscabike.org/covid-19.
  • Time Trial Format: Unlike a typical XC race with a mass start, each rider receives an individual start time and races against the clock. Riders are placed based on their overall time, not necessarily the order they crossed the finish line.
  • Registration: All racers must register online at www.miscabike.org/register: same-day registration will not be offered. Registration will close once the participant limit is reached or the Monday before race day, whichever comes first.
    • Participation will be limited to 376 riders per day, as of September 23. Races will remain on Sunday only.
    • Race Limit: After Aug 12, riders may only register for up to 4 races total.
  • Start-Time Assignments: Registered riders will be ordered by their average lap times and assigned a start time. Times will be emailed to parents with an arrival window and detailed expectations. Start lists will also be posted at www.miscabike.org.
  • Pre-screening: If you have any Coronavirus symptoms, please stay home. Racers, volunteers, and staff will perform a temperature check and questionnaire at check-in.
  • Pre-riding: Course pre-rides should occur on the days leading up to the race; NO pre-riding is allowed the day of the race.
  • Distancing: Participants must maintain 6’ distancing whenever possible.
  • Masks: Masks are required within MiSCA’s defined event area (registration, staging, start, finish, and the race course) when not actively riding. Masks are encouraged at all other times you are unable to maintain 6' distance.
  • Spectators: Spectators are not allowed into the staging area and should avoid the event area unless they have a demonstrated need to be there. Athletes are strongly asked to limit family members to the minimum number their situation allows.  Preferably, this is no more than 1 family member per athlete.
  • Food: No open food items are to be shared between families. No tailgating or buffet-style food service.
  • Arrival: Riders may arrive to the park 30-minutes prior to their assigned start-time.
  • Race Plates: Rider plates and pre-purchased merchandise will be provided to head coaches at or before Race 1. Independent riders will obtain materials from the Registration tent.
  • Check-in: Riders should report to staging (near the start arch) no earlier than 10-minutes prior to their assigned start-time. Riders will be checked to ensure they meet screening guidelines and that they have arrived within their staging window. Adults are not allowed in past this point.
  • Waves: MiSCA will pause staging/starts for a brief period after every 40-48 riders.
  • Start: Riders will be staged in 2 single-file rows inside the start chute, staggering starts every 60-seconds. Masks may be removed within your 60-second countdown.
  • Feed Zone: Riders are encouraged to carry enough water and nutrition to sustain themselves for the complete race. There will not be a designated feed zone; however, members of the riders household may hand-up water and nutrition anywhere along the trail.
  • Finish: Upon finishing, riders will return to their vehicles and are asked to depart the race venue within 10 minutes of completing their race.
  • Results: Live results are available at www.newtontiming.com and will not be printed/posted at the event. See MiSCA staff to report issues.
  • Awards: Medals and awards will be provided to head coaches and distributed by your team. See MiSCA staff for issues or for independent riders.
  • Leader Jerseys: Current series leaders that have not yet received a 2020 leader’s jersey may pick it up from the MiSCA registration tent at the following race.
Questions? Please read our full 2020 Race Series Plan for COVID-19 Compliance and Mitigation and visit our dedicated webpage addressing the virus: www.miscabike.org/covid-19. If after reading the full plan you still have questions, please email Sean Warren at swarren@miscabike.org.
WE NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN! | SIGN-UP
Normally we say, one child = one volunteer shift; however, due to our coronavirus precautions, we need many more volunteers than normal on race day. The good news, the volunteer shifts are much shorter (feel free to sign up for multiple shifts). So, we've been working through some challenges with volunteer signup, balancing how many people are on-site and how long volunteers are willing to help out. There's no way around it, if you already volunteered this year, we will probably need your help again. If you haven't signed up to help at a race yet, please choose a role and signup!
 
     
  • Course Marking and Start/Finish Setup: Hop on a bike or help out near the pits, clearly identifying course direction/boundaries and hazards to avoid. Your help ensures we start the races on time! (Saturday and Sunday spots available)
  • Course Marshal: Be right in the heart of racing! Stationary and Roaming Course Marshals are on the course to help ensure that riders stay on course, remain uninjured, and make other park users aware of the race. You may also assist racers when they finish the race - some need a bit of help knowing how to exit the course. It's a prime time spectating position. Responsibilities
  • Rider Check-in: Help us maintain a safe event by ensuring all riders are screened and enter the staging area no earlier than expected. Responsibilities
  • Course Cleanup: Our goal is to "leave no trace" and many hands make light work!
     

SignUp to Volunteer | Learn MoreContact Volunteer Coordinator
LAST CALL - LIMITED MERCH AVAILABLE!
ORDER NOW AND PICKUP ON RACE DAY!
Versatile Face Covering!
Yes, we have a face covering for sale. This is a gaiter/buff/neck tube that also doubles as a head wrap and is awesome for cold weather riding. And at only $10, it's one of the less-expensive face coverings you'll find!



In order to avoid as many transactions in person as possible, consider ordering merchandise online and pick it up from the registration tent.

BUY ONLINE TODAY - LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE
Rock City BMX
Thanks to the folks at Rock City BMX, the track will again be open to MiSCA riders on race day!
How do Individual Series Standings work?
Now that we're through race 4, make sure you understand how the standings work in the D&D Bicycles 2020 MiSCA Race Series. Riders are awarded points after each race, based on their finish place. Points vary depending on category, but 1st place receives the most points (up to 120), 2nd place (up to 117), 3rd place (up to 114) and the trend continues with fewer points awarded for the remaining riders. Students only need to start 3 races to qualify for awards, and for 2020 MiSCA calculates the overall score based on a student's top 3 races. Make sure you check your standings to make sure there are no unexpected issues. The leader in each category will be awarded the MiSCA State Championship, with Series awards to the top 3. The current standings are calculated based on the top 3, so riders who missed or had a poor performance at an earlier race will now move up in the standings. In the case of a tie at the end of the series, the 1st tie breaker will be who the top rider was the most times in head to head competition among the tied riders. The 2nd tie breaker will be who the top rider was the last time the riders faced each other.

What about Team Scoring and Series Points?
There are 2 types of teams in MiSCA - Composite & Scholastic. Composite teams are open to all riders, while Scholastic teams only include riders from a single school (with few exceptions). Team points are calculated at each race by totaling the points of the top 4 point-earners from each team, which must include both boys and girls (BBBG, BBGG, BGGG). On race day we award the top middle school and high school teams, regardless of team type - this keeps things competitive and interesting throughout the season. After all the races are complete, we crown 3 teams "State Champions" - High School Composite, High School Scholastic, and Middle School (all middle school teams are considered composite). We create an overall score based on the total of all 6 races and award the State Championship to the top team.
 
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Support our Mission!
The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA) is empowering youth and families by creating a community of cyclists who otherwise may not have found the sport. 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 our mission is to create a fun environment where everyone can experience the joys of the outdoors.
 
We've waived $10,000 in registration fees to help families this year!

Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on the coordination of youth mountain biking teams and races throughout Michigan for elementary, middle, and high school-aged students.
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Special thanks to our top supporters:

D&D Bicycles

Cycletherapy BicyclesspaceFraser Bicycle
Newton Timing & Race Services (Elite Level Sponsor & Official Timer of MiSCA)spaceWheels In Motion (Elite Level Sponsor)

Barry Roubaix (Expert Level Sponsor)spaceClinton River Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA) (Expert Level Sponsor)
Giant/Liv (Expert Level Sponsor)spaceKLM 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)

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