NICA-sanctioned races provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals, do achieve their personal best. Most NICA leagues have a 4- or 5-race schedule, held in the Spring or Fall depending on the regional climate. Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation and risk management guarantee every participating student athlete is given a fun and fast environment.

Team Program

NICA high school mountain bike teams compete in NICA Leagues throughout the country.  Teams enjoy support from NICA and League sponsors. Teams vary in size, from just a few student-athlete to over 70 student-athletes.

Pledge Rides

Our Leagues do not receive tax-based government funds and depend largely on the fundraising efforts of our participant families and other supporters. Pledge rides on the road or trails are sure-fire fundraising and fun-raising events enjoyed by all.

Coaches License Program

The NICA Coaches License Program is designed to ensure that high school mountain bike coaches are sufficiently knowledgable so as to have a positive impact on student-athletes. The program includes professional education, first aid, background screening and field work requirements at varying levels for the four license levels. Learn more at NICA Coaches License Program.

Leaders Summit

How does NICA do it? Where do coaches learn how to start and manage a high school mountain bike team? What are the do’s and dont’s of maintaining a healthy team or new league in your state? A NICA Leaders Summit brings together coaches and leaders for an important weekend of learning, providing hands-on (the handlebar!) training, empowering coaches to build a successful team or league.

Rider Camps and Clinics

For many student athletes, mountain biking is a new sport. Even the experienced riders can learn something new at a NICA rider camp and clinic, which emphasizes proper skill, technique and a healthy approach to riding and racing. Certified coaches and assistants provide spot-on training for students of all skill levels, and in several cases a girl’s-only camp is held to encourage our future women to let their natural abilities flow.

NICA Awards Banquet

The NICA Annual Awards were established in 2010 to honor those individuals; student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and partners that have made outstanding contributions toward the development of high school cycling and the national high school mountain biking movement.


Since 2004, the our Leagues have organized a weekend of fellowship to celebrate a successful year, bringing together cyclists in the community in the form of a sit-down banquet and group ride. Celebrities have included road pro Freddie Rodriguez, Giro d’Italia winner Andy Hampsten, former road and MTB pro-turned author and television commentator Bob Roll, mountain bike evangelist Gary Fisher, pro roadie Levi Leipheimer and Garmin-Transitions CEO Jonathan Vaughters. Funds are raised, the year is celebrated, information and friendship is shared, and another season is planned out over drinks and hor d’oeuvres.

Club Program

The NICA Indie Club Program gives students in all 50 states the opportunity to create a mountain bike team at their school.  NICA Indie Clubs operate in regions where no NICA League exists. They enjoy the same insurance coverage and other support that NICA Teams receive.