Races are an exciting time of the season as the athletes test their mettle against riders from across the state. Teams travel far and wide for these extremely well organized events. At the crack of dawn teams start to arrive and setup their team tents and equipment. The athletes get their inspection run in and the coaches are a buzz making sure everybody knows where they need to be and when. Currently there are several waves in each race division over the course of the two-day weekend.
It is a long and exciting day as the athletes are either getting ready to race, racing or cheering their teammates on to victory. This is where the team part of our sport really comes to the forefront as team support of the individuals on course is critical for the athlete to get over that last hill or to finish that last lap strong. Parents are encouraged to cheer on their athletes and the rest of the team. The day is rounded out by everybody pitching in for course tear down and finally the awards are handed out to the top finishers in each category.
The races form lifetime memories for the team and the athletes not to mention the coaches and parents! NICA and the MN League do a super job organizing these fun events. Come cheer on the Tigers at a race someday!!