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Practice Schedule:

MISCA Season 2019

  • Tuesday, August 27th – Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6:30pm
    • CANCELED – Lack of Coaches
    • Several families will be riding at 6pm or so, but parents would have to ride with their kids this night as we cannot guarantee a coach-led ride.

September Practice Schedule

Note that practices are being shifted to earlier time slots as the sun sets earlier and starting September 9th, adding Monday nights (no more Tuesdays). This allows us to ride the Merrell trail in the same direction as the race in October. Our team will be the most prepared and most comfortable team at Merrell!

  • Tuesday, September 3rd – 6:30pm at Cannonsburg Ski Area
    • Meet in the upper grass lot near the beginner loop.
    • Tacos available for dinner ($3 each) at the deck overlooking the ski hill.
  • Thursday, September 5th – 6:15pm at Owasippe Scout Reservation
    • We will need more parent riders and coaches at this ride if at all possible. The trail is technical and a little confusing. 🙂 BUT it’s also really fun.
    • Meet in the main parking lot.
  • Monday, September 9th – 6:00pm at Merrell
    • Meet next to Rock City BMX trail in the Art Van Sports Complex at the Premier Park Parking Lot.
    • We will ride the MiSCA Course(s) based on what your racer is registered for. Non-racers will ride with their normal training group.
    • Sunset 8:02pm
  • Thursday, September 12th – 6:00pm at Bass River
    • Meet at the main parking lot for a few loops of this flat, curvy trail. CHANGED TO MOSQUITO CREEK 6:00PM.
    • Meet at the parking lot off Maple Island road.
    • This trail handles rain better than just about anywhere so after yesterday’s storms it’ll be HERO DIRT! See you at 6pm.
    • Sunset 7:59pm
  • Monday, September 16th – 6:00pm at Merrell
    • Meet next to Rock City BMX trail in the Art Van Sports Complex at the Premier Park Parking Lot.
    • We will ride the MiSCA Course(s) based on what your racer is registered for. Non-racers will ride with their normal training group.
  • Thursday, September 19th – 6:00pm at Luton
    • Meet in the 10 mile parking lot.
  • Monday, September 23rd – 6:00pm at Merrell
    • Meet next to Rock City BMX trail in the Art Van Sports Complex at the Premier Park Parking Lot.
    • We will ride the MiSCA Course(s) based on what your racer is registered for. Non-racers will ride with their normal training group.
  • Thursday, September 26th – 6:00pm at Merrell
    • Meet next to Rock City BMX trail in the Art Van Sports Complex at the Premier Park Parking Lot.
    • We will ride the MiSCA Course(s) based on what your racer is registered for. Non-racers will ride with their normal training group.
    • Sunset 7:32pm

Week of September 30th is Merrell Race Week – Special Schedule

To maximize our preparation for the race at Merrell, this week we are offering three pre-rides of the racecourse.

  • Monday, September 30th – 6:00pm at Merrell
    • Meet next to Rock City BMX trail in the Art Van Sports Complex at the Premier Park Parking Lot.
    • We will ride the MiSCA Course(s) based on what your racer is registered for. Non-racers will ride with their normal training group.
    • Sunset 7:24pm
  • Wednesday, October 2nd – 6:00pm at Merrell
    • Meet next to Rock City BMX trail in the Art Van Sports Complex at the Premier Park Parking Lot.
    • We will ride the MiSCA Course(s) based on what your racer is registered for. Non-racers will ride with their normal training group.
    • Sunset 7:21pm
  • Friday, October 4th – 6:00pm at Merrell
    • Meet next to Rock City BMX trail in the Art Van Sports Complex at the Premier Park Parking Lot.
    • We will ride the MiSCA Course(s) based on what your racer is registered for. Non-racers will ride with their normal training group.
    • Sunset 7:17pm

Final week – Riding in the Dark!

Our shop sponsor, Central District Cyclery, has graciously donated a set of headlights for the team to use. Please bring a light if you have one.

  • TUESDAY, October 7th – Night Ride – 6:30pm at Pigeon Creek County Park
    • Meet at the main parking lot as seen on Trailforks.
    • Bring lights if you have them. We have 24 to loan out for those of you that don’t have them.
    • Night rides are less distance and slower-paced … because it’s DARK. 🙂 They’re also fun.
  • Thursday, October 10th – Night Ride – 6:30pm at Merrell
    • Meet in the Dirt Lot off Belmont Bypass not at Rock City BMX
    • We will ride loops based on how many groups we have. We need plenty of sweepers for this ride!
    • Sunset 7:07pm

Gear Checklist:

Gear matters. You don’t need the best gear, but you do need the right gear. Here’s our list of what to bring to practice every week as well as a set of recommendations that might enhance the ride.

Mandatory Gear for Practice:

  • Helmet – Worn any time you’re on your bike. Even in the parking lot.
  • Bike – In working order. We have limited time together. Please come ready to ride.
  • Water – Dehydration is the worst. Don’t go there.
  • Closed-Toe Shoes – Sandals and mountain biking don’t get along. Save your toes!

Recommended Gear for Practice:

  • Cycling Gloves – Helps keep sweaty hands on those handlebars.
  • Bug Spray – Ticks carry disease. Mosquitos carry diseases too. Our trails have both types on our trails. Bug spray is a really good idea.
  • Medical supplies – Inhalers, epi-pens, etc. as needed for your child (or you!)
  • Hydration Pack – It’s easy to drink from than a bottle. They can be pricey though, bottles are fine if you don’t already own one of these.
  • Clothing for after the ride – Riding is the easy part clothing-wise. It’s being sweaty in the sun/wind/rain afterward that can be uncomfortable. Be sure to bring the right clothing for after the ride.
  • Spare Tube, tire levers – The most common repair mid-ride is going to be a flat tire. Coaches will have gear to help with this, but having your own spare tube is a great idea (to be sure we have the right size).