Executive Director’s Note June 2016

If youaustin are reading this, it means you are interested in more than what is being shared in our newsletter! Thank you. I am committed to using this space to share “behind-the-scenes” observations from our efforts to grow interscholastic cycling in America and I welcome your questions and input. If anyone would like ask a question, make a suggestion, or provide a story/photo, please feel free to write me at content@nationalmtb.org and I will get back to you. I look forward to hearing from you all!

While most our Spring Leagues are racing, it saddened me that the New York League had to cancel its first race of the season due to a crazy storm that brought snow and strong winds to the east coast last week – bummer! Meanwhile, the Alabama League held a race that actually took riders right next to a parked Space Shuttle! How amazing is this! Having ridden with great people in all of the NICA Leagues, I am amazed with the diversity of great riding that exists in America and I encourage everyone to get out and ride somewhere new when you can. While everyone thinks states like Colorado, California, Utah and Idaho are where serious mountain biking is found, I am a strong believer in the wonders of trails in far-flung locations such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alabama and many other spots (Secret: Try riding Mulberry Gap in Georgia – there is a reason Maxxis is holding their press camp there as I write this).

Thanks again for taking the time to read this note and I look forward to reporting back after my trip to Arkansas this weekend to teach their inaugural Leaders’ Summit followed immediately by my trip to the Bicycle Leadership Conference and Sea Otter, where I know I will see a ton of NICA student-athletes and alums shredding both on the road and dirt!

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