September’s Point Of View: Jamae

  My name is Jamae Lacey and I have been riding with the Folsom Bulldogs (NorCal League) for two years. This story is to highlight the efficiency and closeness of an individual team, the Folsom Bulldogs. Two years ago, I began working at a local bicycle shop in Folsom. I was encouraged by a co worker, a former team member, …

Back To School Sales, Or Summer Trails?

  Days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to turn beautiful shades of red and gold. Summer is ending and Fall is right around the corner. For some, this means less time spent on the bike and outdoors – but for others, this means hunting for the best back to school sales. This time of year has always …

Share your #mtbsummer!

Check this out: NICA, IMBA, TASCO, and Shimano have teamed to to make sure your summer ends with a bang. Two separate contests, four weeks, tons of great prizes. ENDS September 5th!!! Show us your trail work, and earn a trip to the IMBA World Summit in Bentonville, AR! (Hint: there’s still time to pick up a shovel!) Share your …

2016 NICA Conference is in the books!

The 6th Annual NICA National Conference brought 77 leaders from 18 of the 19 NICA leagues across the country together to share lessons learned over the past year and to strategize on how to strengthen interscholastic cycling in America. The conference empowered NICA League Directors to better serve their growing membership and equipped NICA licensed coaches with a holistic approach …

Executive Director’s Note June 2016

If you 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 …

Benefits of Youth Cycling Programs Article

Guest Post By: Melissa Davidson, a freelance writer, avid cyclist and endurance athlete, based in Boise, Idaho. Sometimes adults get so giddy over the fact that they are riding a bike, you’ll hear them exclaim, “I feel like a kid again!” That’s a good thing. Riding a bike is fun. Kids like to have fun. And they love to ride …

League Director Interview

Jason Cairo – NICA NY   Q: How long have you been a League Director? A: 4 awesome seasons.   Q: What led you into this position? A: The love for kids on bikes. Plus, my surrounding community needed someone who could bring that excitement to the League.   Q: What is your favorite thing you get to do as …

NICA Awards, Nominations Due

Do you know someone that has made an impact on high school mountain biking and deserves to be recognized at the 2016 NICA Awards? Nominate them today! Just fill out this brief questionnaire extolling the virtues of their greatness! You can view last year’s awards recipients by visiting the awards page. Please be as descriptive as possible when describing the individual …

Spring League Director Interview: Vanessa

Vanessa has directed the NorCal League since 2010, and has also served as a volunteer, board member and coach for the organization. A native Californian, she spent many years as a high school teacher before taking over as League Director, when the NorCal model burgeoned into a national movement. Vanessa is a proud cancer survivor, and Juliana Bicycles ambassador, and …

May’s Point of View: Jesús

  Every few months we tell a story from within our NICA family that exemplifies the meaningful impact our programs have for all involved. We want to hear your stories! Send us an email at content@nationalmtb.org with the subject: “Point of View.”   This month’s story comes from Jesús, a sophomore on NorCal’s Oakland Composite High School Mountain Bike Team …