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October 2023 Coach Newsletter

Coach Director/League Director Note

Hello to our Amazing Coaches,

It’s hard to believe, but just like that, we are halfway through the season.  As I watch all of you amazing coaches at the races, practices and through your various social media posts I often reflect on my own NICA journey and how much joy this organization has brought me.  I believe that my life was not truly enriched until I started giving back through volunteering with Arkansas NICA.  A reminder that none of this NICA magic happens without YOU, the volunteer coaches.   Thanks for being amazing!

Race 3 Cedar Glades Park, Hot Springs, AR   We try to plan each race so that the courses require a progression of skills and effort, and Race 3 will not disappoint.  Expect a new racecourse from prior events with as much climbing as Harrison with more technical terrain. The course will be just over 3 miles and has 370 ft of climbing compared to the Time Trial event which had 350 feet in just 2.7 miles. Race Flyer is HERE.   We will be continuing with MS and HS waves having separate awards ceremonies.  Times are approximate. Please set expectation with your team that they stay for the awards till completed before leaving.  We want everyone to have the same experience!

Don’t miss the GRIT Hype Zone hosted by Hot Springs, be prepared to cheer and make noise!   Remember that we will ALL go to the finish are for the last riders and cheer them all on at the end of the day!  They are also hosting a special Smore’s party for home teams and volunteers Saturday after the pre ride.

Team pitzone setup will start at 11 am.  We will release pitzone assignments just before at 10:30 am.  Please do not arrive before 11 am and expect to setup your team tent.  There will be a drop off area designated. No vehicles are allowed to drive in the pitzone.  We will announce the pitzone assignments on the Coach Facebook page by 10:30 am.

Weather updates:  The weather looks amazing for Race 3 (and dry)!

Race 4 Centennial Park, Fayetteville.   Race Flyer HERE.   We will be swapping the timelines and HS waves will race in the morning at Race 2.  We will have some special events planned to include Senior recognition, special guests and Saturday will be another Bike School Bentonville event for pre NICA age athletes.  Click here to learn more:  Sunset Races 2023 Online Registration (bikereg.com)

This Wednesday’s Coaches call will have a pretty loose agenda and go over the Race Flyer’s for the upcoming events.  If you have topics you want to discuss, please send them to me at terry@arkansasmtb.org.

Thanks for being great humans!

Terry and the Arkansas NICA Team

Coaches Call on Wednesday, October 4th at 8pm

Our next coaches call is scheduled for 8pm this evening All coaches are invited to join this Zoom video conference call. Here is the agenda. Please let us know if there are any topics you would like to discuss. The Zoom link is in the agenda also and HERE

 

Squirt Lube is the official chain lube of Arkansas NICA.   Click here to learn more about their products. Squirt Cycling Products Newsletter, 11 September 2023 (mailchi.mp)

Vittoria Tires Partnership Last REMINDER

We are excited to announce have come to an agreement with Vittoria Tires to get athletes and coaches significant discounts on Vittoria merchandise for the 2023 Season.   The orders will need to be in bulk however and need to be managed by each team.  Coaches can submit the order and use the codes assigned to your teams.  Discounts will be in neighborhood of 40-50%.  In order to redeem the code, they need to have an account with Vittoria and be logged in. Each code can only be used once. Click HERE to see the codes assigned to your teams.  We only have so many of these codes to spread around the league so make sure you are asking athletes and coaches if they need anything from Vittoria before submitting a small order.