Please take the time to read through this entire email. As always, let me know if you have any questions. At the very bottom if this message is the latest edition of Single Track Times. It contains important information about the first race. Please make sure all riders take the time to read the rules for passing and for mechanical issues during the race.
Race week is here! Are you on the fence about racing? Keep in mind that this is the easiest course in terms of terrain and hills. It is a great introduction to racing. If you want to race, register TODAY through PitZone before the registration window closes and you have to pay a late fee.
Kids that are registered and Race Ready for Minooka (as of 11:00 8/22)
If you do not see your name listed below and you want to race this weekend, REGISTER NOW!!!
What to bring to the race. It was decided at our first meeting at the School Forest that each family will be responsible for bringing the required food and drink for their family. Remember that the racers will be expending a lot of energy, so plan to pack plenty of healthy options. For the racers, the team will supply Clif Blocks and Clif Energy Shots. In addition to food and drink, make sure to pack camping chairs to sit on while hanging out with the team. Dress in layers, and bring a camera. Racers, bring a change of clothes to put on after you are done racing.
Volunteers for feed zone are needed. We will need two volunteers who are willing to stand in the Feed Zone during the boys highs school race and one volunteer for the girls high school race. Feed Zone volunteers will hand off water and possibly energy shots to the riders as they pass by the Feed Zone. If you are interested in volunteering for the Feed Zone, please respond to this message and let me know if you want to work the girls or boys race (or both). We’d like the Feed Zone volunteers to either attend practice on Thursday this week or be at the pre-ride on Saturday so they can practice handoffs with the individual riders.
Pre-Ride Time. Please plan on being at Minooka Park and in the check in line at 1:00 on Saturday. All racers will need to go to check in and receive their race plates. Also, parents who are fully registered as General Volunteers in PitZone will also need to check in to receive their “Coach” plate. Once you receive your plate, you will need to attach it to your handlebars with zip ties. No one will be allowed on the pre-ride or race course without a plate. DO NOT LOSE YOUR RACE PLATE!!! After the race, remove the plate from your bike and place it in a safe place. You will need to reattach it to your bike before each pre-ride/race. There will probably be a rather long line at check in, but once everyone has gotten their plate, we will begin our pre-ride.
Apparel Order. I am working with TEAM Sporting Goods to come up with apparel items to order. This year, they will create an online store where each family can go and place their order. I hope to have the specific items and prices determined within the next week. I am planning to include a variety of cotton and performance clothing, including short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and hoodies. If you have any specific item you want me to make sure I include as an option, let me know.
6/22/16 - Email:
Thank you for a fun night last night!
I have attached the outline we went over at last night’s meeting. Below is the specific information I mentioned I would add. It is long (sorry). Please take a look, and let me know if you have questions or if I forgot to include any information I talked about last night.
Website: The team website can be found here: https://sites.google.com/a/marshfield.k12.wi.us/marshfield-mountain-bike-club/
Emergency Contact Form: Please go to the following link and complete the emergency contact information for your rider. The last question asks if you would be OK with sharing the emergency contact information with the other families. Our goal is to print out small cards with the emergency contact information for each coach and parent ride volunteer to carry during practice. We will also distribute the list electronically to all families so that parents can contact each other. http://goo.gl/forms/YvVDhfr3Quv6TGEC3
Pertinent Health Information: If you were not able to attend the meeting last night, or if you didn’t turn in a card indicating whether your rider has and pertinent health information that will impact their riding, please contact Brent Benson.
Activities Handbook: Attached is a copy of the Marshfield Activities Handbook. Parents and riders, please take the time to read the entire handbook. Then please print out the last page and bring the signed form to practice by July 7.
Practices: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, ready to ride at 5:30. June 28, June 30 and July 7 practices will ALL be held at Washington School. Check out the practice calendar on the team webpage to see locations for each practice (https://sites.google.com/a/marshfield.k12.wi.us/marshfield-mountain-bike-club/calendar). Remind messages about times and location of practice will be sent out in advance of practice. You will have the ability to choose whether you will attend, maybe attend, or not attend the activity after receiving the Remind message. Please select your attendance option for each practice. Then coaches will know which riders and parents to expect at each practice. If something comes up, please send a text message (not an email), either through the Remind system or app, or directly to Rachel Krentz. Parents, if you know that you will be able to help with practices on certain dates, let Rachel know and she will add your name to the calendar. Parents are always welcome, but it will help us coaches plan practices if we know ahead a time if parents will be able to help out.
Remind Notifications: If you have not already signed up for the Remind system, the join instructions are attached. We strongly recommend downloading the Remind app for your smartphone (if possible). All parents and riders are encouraged to join the Remind group. You can register with a phone number (for text alerts) or email (for email alerts). A second Remind group only for parents has been set up. All parents who are currently registered for Remind have been made administrators of the parent group. This group can be used to send messages to and between parents to help coordinate carpooling. Questions about the Remind app can be directed to Rachel Krentz.
Rhinelander Camp: The dates are August 7-13 the cost is $200 per person, this includes all meals, in a dining hall, except Tuesday night. Checks can be made payable to USDOM, please bring a check to practice by July 7. We will be tent camping, however there are limited indoor sleeping spaces, 4 for girls, and 4 for boys, first come first serve. We are planning on riding, and working on skills every morning. For the afternoon we will either do fun things at the camp, I.e. zip line, canoeing, high and low cope course, swimming, camp stuff or we will take field trips. Rachel Krentz and Brent Benson are both going, we welcome other adults to join us. You just need to register as a general volunteer through PitZone, and have your background check done, and it is the same cost for parents. For the parents, there is a regular campground just across the street, for those that do not want to tent camp. Questions about the camp should be directed to Brent Benson.
Early Practice in July: If you are interested in attending possible early Tuesday (3:00) practices in July, email Brent Benson.
Last Call for Jerseys: The jersey and shorts order will be finalized on Thursday (tomorrow). If any parents would like to order items, let Rachel Krentz know ASAP.
We’re looking forward to a fun season!
5/16/16 - Email:
Summer is almost here! That means we need to start thinking about the details of the upcoming mountain bike season.
In order to practice with the team, every athlete and adult needs to be fully registered on PitZone, this includes paying for the NICA and Wisconsin League fees. Please get this registration taken care of by Friday, May 27. The coaches cannot develop the practice schedule until we know exactly how many participants we will have this year. If you are having troubles with PitZone, please let me know. At this point, you do NOT need to register for races. Registration for each race closes the week before the actual race date.
Club Fee and Jerseys
Jerseys need to be ordered mid-June in order to ensure we have them for our first race in August. We need your club fee before we can order a jersey for you. If paying the full $200 fee by June 1 is not possible, let me know, and we can set up a payment plan. Jerseys and shorts can be purchased for friends and family. Jerseys are $65 and shorts are $80. Checks should be made out to USDOM and can be turned in to one of the coaches, or mailed to:
Marshfield Middle School
Attn: Rachel Krentz
900 East 4th St
Marshfield, WI 54449
Save the date for our season kickoff picnic on Tuesday, June 21 at the Marshfield School Forest. This will be a time where we will share our expectations and goals for the season. It is also a great time for the families of the riders to get together and meet. Food will be ready at 6:00, and a mandatory parent meeting will begin at 7:00. If a parent is unable to attend, you must let one of the coaches know. We will then need to schedule a conversation that does work with your schedule. More details on the meal (including pot luck items) and meeting agenda will be sent later in June.
As mentioned above, we cannot develop our practice schedule until we know how many team members we have. We hope to have our practice calendar worked out by mid-June. It will be posted on the team website (https://sites.google.com/a/marshfield.k12.wi.us/marshfield-mountain-bike-club/) and shared at our kickoff picnic. For now, pencil in Tuesday, June 28 for our first practice. Time and meeting place will be determined later.
Don’t forget to sign up to receive team alerts from Remind. To sign up for text alerts, message number 81010 with the message @rkre. Then follow the instructions sent back to you. If you prefer to receive email alerts, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line and body of the email can be left empty. We will be using the Remind service to send out short messages which will refer you to look at either the website or check your email for more information.
If you have any questions about the information in this email, or the club in general, let me know. We’re looking forward to another great season of riding!
4/20/16 - Email:
Wow! We had ten new members come to our informational meetings over the past two days. In addition, Coach Benson and I know of at least four others who are interested in joining us this year.
I went through the prospective member paperwork, and attempted to add everyone to this email list. If you family has an additional email or an alternate email you would like me to add, please let me know.
School Forest Trail Building and Food
This weekend, we will be working on building trails at the School Forest. A precious email of mine said we would start at 9:00. That is INCORRECT, we will in fact be starting around 8:00 on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Come for all or part of the day. We’d appreciate as many helping hands as possible. There is a lot of excitement in the general public about the possibilities of trail at the School Forest, and there are multiple volunteers not directly associated with the club that will be there to help us. We could have 30+ people show up this weekend, and we should try to coordinate some lunch food and snacks for the volunteers. The coaches last night discussed making sloppy joes for Saturday lunch. Would some of you be willing to help bring some food? I have created a Google document where you can add the item(s) your family will bring. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing the document.
I have been working on a website for the team. It is still a work in progress, but it is a place where you can access race information, practice schedules (one they have been decided), and look at NICA and Wisconsin League documents. If you notice any broken links, or can think of anything I should add to the site, let me know. Here is the shortened link to the site: http://bit.ly/MMTBClub
We will be using the Remind service (formerly known as Remind101). To sign up for text alerts, message number 81010 with the message @rkre. Then follow the instructions sent back to you. If you prefer to receive email alerts, send a blank email to email@example.com. The subject line and body of the email can be left empty. We will be using the Remind service to send out short messages which will refer you to look at either the website or check your email for more information. I will be sending out a test message through Remind sometime tomorrow.
I have attempted to set up PitZone accounts for all potential riders. Please check the email address(es) you included on your sign up form for a message on how to set up your account. PitZone is where you will pay for your League and NICA registration fees, as well as sign up for any races. PitZone was giving me some issues this morning when I attempted to sign up the parents as Ride Leaders for the families who gave me the same email address for both the student athlete and parent “Coach.” I will try again later this afternoon to see if it is just a temporary technical problem. It is possible that the system will not allow the same email address to be used for both students and coaches. If this is the case, I will let those of you that are affected know.
If you know for sure that you are going to join, you may turn in your $200 club fee ($280 if you want to order matching shorts) at any time to any of the coaching staff. Checks should be made out to USDOM.
Jersey and Shorts
I will be needing to send back the samples of jerseys and shorts sometime next week. If you have not had a chance to try them on, please contact me to coordinate a time. Some people have been surprised at the sizes they actually need to order, so it is important to make sure you actually try them on. I have found that they tend to run a smaller than standard cycling clothing. Also, if any parents are interested in ordering a jersey, they are $65, shorts are $80. Jerseys are included for athletes within the Club Fee. The matching shorts are optional.
Here is a link to the packet that was handed out at the informational meetings.
This site is currently being developed. If you have questions about the club, contact Coach Rachel Krentz.
May 9, 3:00 @ MHS
May 9, 7:00 @MMS
May 10, 3:00 @ MMS
May 10, 5:50 @ MMS
Mandatory Parent Meeting:
Riding Camp in Rhinelander:
Minooka Race Pre-Ride:
Nordic Mountain Race Pre-Ride:
Nordic Mountain Race:
Trek Trails Race Pre-Ride:
Trek Trails Race:
Hayward Race Pre-Ride:
Cascade Mountain Race Pre-Ride:
Cascade Mountain Race: