Mississippi Cyclocross Project: Big Weekend, The Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival

Parents/Supporters,

Hello. I hope this email finds you well. We have completed our week 8 practice, and our kiddos are ready to show off the skills at our Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival on Saturday, November 18th. Please review and let me know if you have any questions. Make sure you share the event details with your relatives and friends as this will be a fun day at the park!

Also, now it is a good time to take your bike for last minute tune ups or any repairs at our partner bike shops, remember to present the discount coupon at checkout! Get the discount coupon at http://mscxproject.org/partner-benefits

Finally, we need some volunteers to help up make this event a success. Please volunteer for 3 hrs on Friday or Saturday! See the volunteer options and registration at https://www.bikereg.com/ridgelandcxfestival-volunteer

DETAILS:

RACE INFORMATION:

  • Kids/Junior Races: All Junior/Kids race categories are free, however all racers (excluding kids under the age of 6 must have a USA Cycling racing licence (read details) or day license. We will have all forms available at our event.
  • Online registration at www.bikereg.com/ridgelandcxfest
  • On-site registration: Adult races will be an extra $10 per race and all onsite registration will close 30 min before the start of each race.
  • Face Painters for all kids… & some adults! On Saturday, November 18th we will have face painter for kids between 10:00 am-12:00pm. Bring the Family!
  • Safety First! Fully Staff EMS
  • Junior U10 & Kid ‘Cross (9 and under) Fun Ride will be on a shorter course.
  • Food Truck Vendor will be available onsite. Green Ghost Tacos will be our onsite food truck during our 2017 Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival. 10% of all sales will be donated to the Mississippi Cyclocross Project. So come hungry!!!
  • Onsite Coffee/Hot ChocolateM7 Coffee House will be onsite selling coffee and pastries during the 2017 Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival benefiting the MS CX Project. 10% of all sales will be donated to the Mississippi Cyclocross Project.
  • Prize Purse List: We will have equal purse for both men & women in the P/12/3 Category!  We will also have great swag prizes courtesy of our fantastic sponsors; Pirouline, Clif Bar, Clif Kids, M7 Coffee House and many more.
  • Bring the Family! Get your holiday shopping at all the attractions at our great city of Ridgeland has to offer. More details at www.visitridgeland.com/attractions.
 

Healthy Regards,

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Team

Upcoming Events & USA Cycling License

Parents,
Hello. We have received multiple questions regarding the Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival and purchasing a USA Cycling license. For all kids participating in the Fun Ride category, they do not need a license to participate. For all kids participating in the following categories:
  • Under 15 race (must be 14 year old or less) or
  • Under 10 race (must be 9 years old or under).
They must have either a day license or an annual license to participate. You can get either license at the event on November 18th or ahead of time at the following links:
If you purchase the annual license you will be able to use it for an upcoming cyclocross race in Ridgeland on December 2nd. Also, you will be able to select our team, “Mississippi Cyclocross Project” under the team drop-box.
I will provide greater details during this Saturdays session. Please let me know if you have any question or need assistance.
Healthy Regards,
Mississippi Cyclocross Project Team

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Week 6 Update

Parents/Supporters,

Hello. Are the weekend approaches we would like to inform you that this Saturday and remaining sessions will be held at our home base, Freedom Ridge Park. 

We will continue to work on the new skills; 1) dismount and going over a barrier and 2) Race starts simulations. Kids are natural! Our goal from this weekend on is to get the kiddos ready our Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival, www.ridgelandcyclocrossfestival.com on November 18th. 

Registration is open and free to all kids. Please register them early so that you can clock your family calendar. Make sure to invite your family to come celebrate with you as well! I have attached the event flyers, please post and share with friends. 

Finally, if you are know of a business (or if you have a business) that might be interested in donating gift cards or some items for our swag prizes or monetary sponsorship options available (very minimum to help us offset the production cost). Please share with them the attached flyers. We will highlight all event sponsors/supporters via our race announcer and during the podium presentation. 

Take care and Let me know you thoughts.

Mississippi CX Project: Week 5 and Gear Update

Parents/Supporters,

Good morning!  We had a great practice yesterday. The kids are progressing very well! This week covered a few new skills; 1) dismount and going over a barrier and 2) Race starts simulations. Kids are natural! They are going to be so ready for the Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival, www.ridgelandcyclocrossfestival.com on November 18th. Registration is open and free to all kids. Please register them early so that you can clock your family calendar. Make sure to invite your family to come celebrate with you as well! I have attached the event flyers, please post and share with friends. 

Also, our clothing partner Ridebiker Alliance is offering the club a one-time window for new orders to receive free shipping! If you are not yet registered on our Ridebiker store, go to https://www.ridebiker.com/invite/partner/MSCXProject and do so. You’ll get a confirmation link sent to you that needs to be clicked on. Be sure to check your spam filters for that mail! If you’ve ordered from them before, just login!

Once logged in, shop for your items and place in your cart. Click “checkout”. From there you’ll see the ability to select “Ship to club” from the shipping address dropdown, which will combine all of our orders in the next two weeks and they will get shipped to us together… at no charge! This is great because you’ll save from $15-20 shipping per order! All items are made to order and take from 4-5 weeks from the end of our window. If you miss out on this window though, the store remains open and they’ll even ship you just one jersey if that’s what you like – you’ll just have to pay the shipping.
See you all next Saturday!
 

Healthy Regards,

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Team
www.mscxproject.org

Week 5- Mississippi Cyclocross Project: Practice this week and Gear. T-shirts are in!

Parents/Supporters,

Hello. I hope this email finds you well. Thank you for working with us as we had to move practice last week. This week we will meet again at the field behind the Ridgeland City Hall at Ridgeland City Hall, 304 US-51, Ridgeland, MS 39157   as they will be hosting another softball and soccer tournament. We will not meet at Freedom Ridge Park.

All coaches should be at practice to support the kids. We will be covering a new skill; dismount and going over a barrier… It will be fun to see them take what they have learned over the past weeks and practice a specific Cyclocross skill. For those who pre-ordered the program t-shirts, they will be available for pick up at practice!

Also, our clothing partner Ridebiker Alliance is offering the club a one-time window for new orders to receive free shipping! If you are not yet registered on our Ridebiker store, go to https://www.ridebiker.com/invite/partner/MSCXProject and do so. You’ll get a confirmation link sent to you that needs to be clicked on. Be sure to check your spam filters for that mail! If you’ve ordered from them before, just login!

Once logged in, shop for your items and place in your cart. Click “checkout”. From there you’ll see the ability to select “Ship to club” from the shipping address dropdown, which will combine all of our orders in the next two weeks and they will get shipped to us together… at no charge! This is great because you’ll save from $15-20 shipping per order! All items are made to order and take from 4-5 weeks from the end of our window. If you miss out on this window though, the store remains open and they’ll even ship you just one jersey if that’s what you like – you’ll just have to pay the shipping.
See you all this Saturday!
— 

Healthy Regards,
 
Mississippi Cyclocross Project Team

 

Mississippi Cyclocross Festival: Week 3, 10/7 Update and T-Shirt Order Deadline

Parents/Supporters,

Hello. I hope this email finds you well. Another great turn-out yesterday. We experimented setting up the three small group stations and it worked very well. The kids were great listeners and help the transitions every 10-15 minutes work smoothly! With only three weeks in, we are seeing great improvement and all kids are embracing the new skills we have been teaching them. Congratulations to all!

Reminders:

  1. Don’t forget that the deadline to order the t-shirts will be today, Sunday, October 8th as we are placing the order on Monday, October 9th. See details below. Please note that we have two different pages to order the cycling gear and t-shirts.
    • Mississippi Cyclocross Project T-shirt  Pre-Order: As mentioned at practice, we will pre-order t-shirts this week.The kids sizes are $6.50 and adult sizes are $13.50. All t-shirts will be ordered on Monday, October 9th. The t-shirt pre-order page will close on Sunday, October 8th. Pre-order the t-shirts at http://mscxproject.org/store/.
    • Mississippi Cyclocross Project Cycling Gear Pre-Order: If you wish to have the cycling gear before our Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival (November 18th), you will need to order soon as it will take 4 weeks to produce and deliver. No minimums, adult (men & women) sizes as well as kids gear.  They will ship directly to you. Pre order the cycling gear at http://ridebiker.com/club/MSCXProject/store.
  2. Practice Makes you Better: Please make sure your kids get to ride their bike around the neighborhood or park at least 1-2 times this week as home work. Perhaps this can be a family event after school! Thank you for your support!.

Please email me if you have any questions. Take care and make it a great day!

 

Healthy Regards,

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Ambassadors 
Rolando@MSCXProject.org
www.mscxproject.org

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Gear: Cycling Jersey & T-Shirts Pre-Order

Parents/Supporters,

Hello. I hope this email finds you well. We have created a page to pre-order the cycling gear or t-shirts. Please note that we have two different pages to order the cycling gear and t-shirts. See details below:

  • Mississippi Cyclocross Project Cycling Gear Pre-Order: If you wish to have the cycling gear before our Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival (November 18th), you will need to order soon as it will take 4 weeks to produce and deliver. No minimums, adult (men & women) sizes as well as kids gear.  They will ship directly to you. Pre order the cycling gear at http://ridebiker.com/club/MSCXProject/store.
  • Mississippi Cyclocross Project T-shirt  Pre-Order: As mentioned at practice, we will pre-order t-shirts this week. The kids sizes are $6.50 and adult sizes are $13.50. All t-shirts will be ordered on Monday, October 9th. The t-shirt pre-order page will close on Sunday, October 8th.  Pre-order the t-shirts at http://mscxproject.org/store/.

Please email me if you have any questions. Take care and make it a great week!

Mississippi Cyclocross Festival: Week 2, 9/30 update and more

Parents/Supporters,

Hello. Many thanks to those who dropped off items for the, “Central Mississippi Unites for Puerto Rico”. I truly appreciate your support.

Also, what a great group we had today! Thank you to all parents, kids and ambassadors who were able to join us today for the 2nd session of our Mississippi Cyclocross Project. Our focus today was working on getting on and off the bike or red light/green light. This drill requires practice, so please remind the kiddos as it will be part of all remaining practices.

To accommodate our group size,staring next week we will set three stations. These stations will cover different skills with smaller groups. These groups will rotate every 10-15 minutes so that they can experience each station. The last part of the session we will go through all stations as a group. Our goal is to allow the kiddos to experience the station in a smaller setting and be observed by the ambassadors, which he/she will provide feedback/tips.

Finally, please make sure your kiddos get to ride their bike around the neighborhood or park at least 1-2 times this week as home work. Perhaps this can be a family event after school! Thank you for your support and see you next week.

Week 2 Session Re-cap: 

  • Warm Up for 10-15 minutes around the park or designated practice area.
  • Break: Hydration and discussion of drills. 5-10 minutes:
  • Drills: 20-25 minutes
    • Cone Cornering: Tight cornering requires that you lean the bike over a bit. To help the kids practice, have him/her weave through a line of four or five safety cones or similar objects, each spaced about 8 feet apart. As his/her skill improves, encourage her to go faster, or move the cones out of a straight line so that they are staggered, and she has to turn more to get around each cone.
    • Getting on and off the bike or red light/green light. This skill breaks down getting on and off the bike from both; from the left and right side. We started walking (red light) and we gradually moved into a faster trot/jog.
    • Follow the Leader: This is a fun, easy way to get things going following our peers and ride the entire park. The idea here is not speed but dexterity. Impose a maximum speed limit and focus on supporting each teammate via a long train line.

Important Notes:

  • Pre-Order the Mississippi Cyclocross Project cycling kits (gear):
    • We have designed a cool jersey for our program in partnership with RideBike Alliance. This is not required, however if you wish to purchase them, please visit the club store via our partner RideBiker Alliance, where you can register and shop our on-line store. Please allow 3-5 weeks for the gear to be produced and shipped to you.
    • Program T-shirts: We will be ordering t-shirts for participants.  The cost for the shirts for the kiddos is ~$6.25-$7.00.  Our goal is to find a sponsor(s) which could partially subsidize the kids shirts and in return we will highlight on the back of the shirt with, “T-shirt provided by…”. Please let me know if you know of a local company who might be willing to can help us with this fund raising campaign. Our goal is to have a pre-order form by the week of October 9th. Adults will also have a chance to get a t-shirt!
  • Ridgeland Cyclocross festival, Program Celebration/Graduation:  We will celebrate the culmination of our program with a Cyclocross race. This will be an opportunity for the participants to showcase the newly learned skills. The celebration, Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival, will take place on Saturday, November 18th, at Freedom Ridge Park. You can register your kiddos and if you would like, you can also participate as we will have adult categories.  The registration and event details are available at www.RidgelandCyclocrossFestival.com. If you are interested in being part of our Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival planning committee, please reach Coach Rolando at rolando@mscxproject.org.
  • Bike Shop Partner Discounts. Present the program coupon at any of our partner bike shops; The Bike Crossing, Indian Cycle, Bicycle Revolution and The Bike Rack. Your kiddos will receive 10% off your purchase, and an additional 10% will be donated to the Mississippi Cyclocross Project! Please shop locally and support our brick & mortar shops! Access coupon at http://mscxproject.org/partner-benefits/.
  • Our Hydration Sponsor. Nuun will provide us product that will be available at all training sessions and a discount code for parent to purchase their product at a special Mississippi Cyclocross Project rate. Discount code details below:

Healthy Regards,

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Ambassadors
www.mscxproject.org

Mississippi Cyclocross Festival: Week 1 Re-cap and Follow-Up Details

Parents/Supporters,

Hello. Wow. What an amazing first session of our Mississippi Cyclocross Project program today. Many thanks to all parents, kids and ambassadors. If you missed the kickoff, please join us next Saturday, September 30th from 10-11am. Please go to our website to register and complete the parent waiver at www.mscxproject.org.

Also, If you are a Facebook user, please like our program page at, www.facebook.com/mscxproject and share any videos/photos from today’s practice with us.

Finally, here’s a re-cap of what we did today at practice. Please make sure your kiddos get to ride their bike around the neighborhood or park at least 1-2 times this week as home work. Perhaps this can be a family event after school! Thank you for your support and see you next week.

Week 1 Session Re-cap: 

  • Warm Up for 10-15 minutes around the park or designated practice area.
  • Break: Hydration and discussion of drills. 5-10 minutes:
  • Drills: 20-25 minutes
    • Cone Cornering: Tight cornering requires that you lean the bike over a bit. To help the kids practice, have him/her weave through a line of four or five safety cones or similar objects, each spaced about 8 feet apart. As his/her skill improves, encourage her to go faster, or move the cones out of a straight line so that they are staggered, and she has to turn more to get around each cone.
    • Follow the Leader: This is a fun, easy way to get things going following the cone cornering. One rider can take the reins here and lead the group around the park. The idea here is not speed but dexterity. Impose a maximum speed limit or give points for being the slowest to complete an obstacle course without touching down.

Important Notes:

  • Program Celebration/Graduation:  We will celebrate the culmination of our program with a Cyclocross race. This will be an opportunity for the participants to showcase the newly learned skills. The celebration, Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival, will take place on Saturday, November 18th, at Freedom Ridge Park. You can register your kiddos and if you would like, you can also participate as we will have adult categories.  The registration and event details are available at www.RidgelandCyclocrossFestival.com. If you are interested in being part of our Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival planning committee, please reach Coach Rolando at rolando@mscxproject.org.
  • Bike Shop Partner Discounts. Present the program coupon at any of our partner bike shops; The Bike Crossing, Indian Cycle, Bicycle Revolution and The Bike Rack. Your kiddos will receive 10% off your purchase, and an additional 10% will be donated to the Mississippi Cyclocross Project! Please shop locally and support our brick & mortar shops! Access coupon at http://mscxproject.org/partner-benefits/.
  • Pre-Order the Mississippi Cyclocross Project cycling kits (gear): We have designed a cool jersey for our program in partnership with RideBike Alliance. This is not required, however if you wish to purchase them, please visit the club store via our partner RideBiker Alliance, where you can register and shop our on-line store. Please allow 3-5 weeks for the gear to be produced and shipped to you.
  • Our Hydration Sponsor. Nuun will provide us product that will be available at all training sessions and a discount code for parent to purchase their product at a special Mississippi Cyclocross Project rate. Discount code details below:

Healthy Regards,

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Ambassadors
www.mscxproject.org

Mississippi Cyclocross Project: Week 1 starts this Saturday, 9/23 and more details.

Parents/Supporters,

Hello. We are excited to kickoff our program this Saturday, September 23rd at Freedom Ridge Park. We want to thank all the parents and kiddos who joined us during the three orientation we hosted at our bike shop partners. We have 54 kids registered! If you missed attending our parent orientation, no worries, you can still sign up at http://mscxproject.org/register/.  If you are a Facebook user, please like our program page at, www.facebook.com/mscxproject.

See you all Saturday!

Important Notes:

  • Program Start Date: Saturday, September 23rd from 10-11am and will meet for 8 consecutive Saturdays until November 11th.
  • Where: Training sessions will be facilitated at Freedom Ridge Park, 235 West School Street, Ridgeland, Mississippi.
  • Registration: All participants must register and complete the program waiver. If you have not registered your child, please do so at our registration page at http://mscxproject.org/register/.  You will be added to our distribution list.
  • Program Celebration/Graduation:  We will celebrate the culmination of our program with a Cyclocross race. This will be an opportunity for the participants to showcase the newly learned skills. The celebration, Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival, will take place on Saturday, November 18th, at Freedom Ridge Park. You can register your kiddos and if you would like, you can also participate as we will have adult categories.  The registration and event details are available at www.RidgelandCyclocrossFestival.com. If you are interested in being part of our Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival planning committee, please reach Coach Rolando at rolando@mscxproject.org.
  • Bike Shop Partner Discounts. Present the program coupon at any of our partner bike shops; The Bike Crossing, Indian Cycle, Bicycle Revolution and The Bike Rack. Your kiddos will receive 10% off your purchase, and an additional 10% will be donated to the Mississippi Cyclocross Project! Please shop locally and support our brick & mortar shops! Access coupon at http://mscxproject.org/partner-benefits/.
  • Mississippi Cyclocross Project cycling kits (gear): We have designed a cool jersey for our program in partnership with RideBike Alliance. This is not required, however if you wish to purchase them, please visit the club store via our partner RideBiker Alliance, where you can register and shop our on-line store. Please allow 3-5 weeks for the gear to be produced and shipped to you.

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Guidelines/Requirements:

  • Complete the 2017 Mississippi Cyclocross Project Registration and Waiver.
  • Open to kids starting at 4-15 years of age. Must be able to ride a bike without training wheels. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
  • Parent or Guardian must be present during the clinic or training session.
  • Bicycling helmets and closed-toe shoes are required (no flip-flops) Sorry, No helmet, No riding!
  • A Balance, BMX, Mountain, or Cyclocross bicycle is required (not provided).
  • Clipless pedaling can be advanced for kids. Tennis shoes work great, we will teach kids to tuck in those laces!
  • Participants should wear comfortable athletic clothing while considering current weather conditions. Cycling-specific jerseys and/or shorts are not essential; however, they are both comfortable, functional, and fashionable!

Healthy Regards,

Mississippi Cyclocross Project Ambassadors 
www.mscxproject.org