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2015 NICA Awards, Nominations Due November 1

Do you know someone that has made an impact on high school mountain biking and deserves to be recognized at the 2015 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 […]

Executive Director’s Note – May 2015

Salinas Cowboys’ student-athlete K.C. Fontes, winner of the 2014 GU Extraordinary Courage Award, shown hammering away with one leg during a recent race. With spring league racing in full swing in California, Texas, New York and Alabama this past month and our fall league holding coach training, we have been very busy! In addition to […]

NorCal League Rider has Full Sponsorship!

NICA Alumni, Coach, Senior Program Manager and Author of Segment, Chris Spencer This isn’t the first time a student-athlete has received a full sponsorship. This season, high school freshmen Steven Federico is receiving some impressive benefits! “Bike, travel, room & board, food, incidentals, clothing, special dinners and an entertainment stipend are all paid for by […]

Good Otter

Once again, families, coaches and staff traveled from all corners of NICA for an unforgettable festival. Here’s the top five NICA highlights from the Otter’s 25th Anniversary: 1) NICA student-athletes were fastest in Cat 1, Cat 2 and Cat 3 categories! Historically, the 19-34 age categories have been the fastest in Cross-Country racing. At the […]

Want to help NICA Get More Kids Riding?

May marks the deadline for new league bids and we’re thrilled to announce that several have already arrived. In order to continue growing the interscholastic cycling movement at the national level, we’re going to need your help! Thanks for your continued help getting #morekidsonbikes! NICA Leagues and Teams in NY, WI, UT and CA have […]

Sign Up for the National Bike Challenge

 NICA invites you to join the National Bike Challenge! PeopleForBikes has partnered with Kimberly-Clark to grow this year’s National Bike Challenge—a free, 5-month long bicycling competition where participants record miles to win cool prizes.  The Challenge runs from May 1st until September 30th with chances to win every month, including a monthly bike giveaway. The goal for 2015 […]

April Shines with NICA Programs Bustling Across the Country

April was a busy month for NICA and NICA league programs across the country.  Cow bells were rung loud and proud for student-athletes in all 5 Spring Leagues (NorCal, SoCal, Texas, New York and newest to the fun, Alabama.)  Enthusiastic Fall coaches attended Leaders’ Summits in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Virginia, Colorado and also new to NICA, […]

Training Peaks Partnership

NICA has partnered with TrainingPeaks to help you coach your athletes effectively and efficiently. Build workout libraries, create group plans, and provide immediate feedback all in one place. Use the powerful charts and graphs to provide in-depth analysis of HR and GPS data, see long term fitness trends and manage fitness and fatigue over the […]

National Coach and License Manager Note – May

After a whirlwind tour attending five Leaders’ Summits this spring, I can say with a significant level of credibility that NICA is not only here to say, but growing in Georgia, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Colorado, not to mention the spring leagues! Tennessee has yet to check in, as their Leader’ Summit is scheduled […]

Avoid early season injuries

Your practice schedule should progress in difficulty throughout the season, even with returning experienced riders.  Calibrate your judgement, and remind all team members (coaches too)  to do the same.  We recommend communication to the effect of “you may not be able to do what you think you can and your body may not respond as […]

NICA Coach License Requirements

Background checks ensure we aren’t putting our athletes in situations with potentially dangerous or irresponsible coaches, ride leaders, and volunteers. Registering in Pit Zone ensures that we are aware of who is working with which teams and provides for insurance coverage. Waivers affirm that people understand the inherent risk of riding mountain bikes and assume […]

Learn how to “Block the Blaze”

Consider joining John Wayne Cancer Foundation “ Block the Blaze” Training Webinar to learn how to protect yourself and your family. April 13th, 5:00. One blistering sunburn doubles a child’s chances of developing malignant melanoma later in life. Please join us for a 30 minute training webinar on April 13th, 5:00PM PST about sun safety […]

One-of-a-kind “Tour of California” Experience Provided by Cannondale!

2015 Tour of California Stage VIP Cannondale Street Team Pass could be yours!  Here’s your chance to help get more kids on bikes while enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience at the opening stage of this year’s Tour of California, all from the finish line!  Cannondale has been a strong supporter of NICA since 2013 and, this […]

YES! Kinetic has an App for that!

Kinetic tents across Spring Leagues are filled with athletes taking advantage of the race warm-up zone. Not only does Kinetic sponsor NICA and provide leagues with this amazing benefit, they also contribute to the NICA coach manual.  We understand they also have a pretty cool training tool, the Kinetic inRide app!   Thank you, Kinetic, […]

Connect with NICA at Sea Otter!

We have an opportunity for you! Join NICA at Sea Otter at the Alumni NICA meet-up, get fueled by the Camelbak Community Coffee and Cocoa, treat yourself to the NICA Dream Team Contest Awards and Ice Cream Party and even more, consider volunteering as a NICA Ambassador.  Meet-up for NICA Alumni! We’re interested in connecting […]

Alabama Joins Spring Leagues with Inaugural Race!

209 excited middle and high school student-athletes flanked by enthusiastic parents, coaches and spectators participated in a stellar inaugural race on March 15th at Tannehill State Park as Alabama, NICA’s newest league, commenced its groundbreaking season!  Volunteers, core staff and trainers from the national team (Georgia, Arizona, Utah and national staff) came together for the weekend […]

Announcing NICA team fundraiser! NICA stem caps are rad AND easy to sell!

Stem caps are available for sale through teams. 100% of proceeds help get more kids on bikes. Each stem cap generates $10 for your team, $5 for your league, and $5 for NICA (to launch more leagues and give scholarships.)  Teams may order as many as they want to sell and can return unsold caps […]

Exciting Partnership with People for Bikes

NICA is pleased to announce a new partnership with People for Bikes. We encourage all NICA members to join People for Bikes by simply filling out the “I’m for Bikes” form and in turn, be a part of their mission to connect millions of bikers and be one united voice for cycling advocacy. People for […]

Executive Director’s Note March 2015

I am happy to report that spring league racing is underway in Texas, NorCal and SoCal while Alabama and New York will both be holding their season openers shortly. Meanwhile, many of our fall leagues are conducting their coaching summits. With 15 leagues currently operating, we have surpassed the milestone of having 5,000 student-athletes participating […]

5th Annual NICA Awards and Benefit Ride a smashing success!

Question? What do the words courage, conviction, generosity, vision, persistence, mentor, inspirational, leader, advocate, athlete, celebration and fun all have in common? Answer: The 5th Annual NICA Awards Banquet and Benefit Ride! 175 people landed in Northern California Saturday, January 25th, for the 5th Annual NICA Awards and Benefit Ride celebration to honor outstanding student-athletes, […]

Sponsor Deals

NICA would like to thank our sponsors for the continued support and funding of the interscholastic mountain bike revolution. Please see all NICA benefits (here). We would like to draw attention to the following opportunities as they are very beneficial to coaches. Primal – Act Fast! Don’t miss your chance to get apparel for your […]

NICA Dream Team Contest

Attention NorCal, SoCal, Texas, New York and Alabama leagues! You’re invited to enter the “NICA Dream Team Contest”. NICA, along with fellow Rocky Mountain companies and supporters Feedback Sports, Primal Wear, Athletic Event Supply and Optic Nerve, have put together a challenge that you won’t want to miss out on! Teams are invited to create […]

Continuing Education Requirements – NICA Webinars and Partner Courses

Upon completing the webinar, Coach Julia is ready to ride! In order to maintain a valid NICA Coach License, an individual must keep her/his WFA/WFR and CPR certification current and earn nine (9) Continuing Education Units (CEU) hours every three years. There are two options for gaining CEU’s outside of attending a Leaders’ Summit: NICA […]

Proactively Manage Risk!

Spring League Coaches and Team Managers – Are your team members licensed? In keeping with NICA’s core mission of providing effective risk management practices to ensure a safe, enjoyable learning environment for our coaches, riders and community, please review your team’s Pit Zone coaches’ registration status. It is your duty of care to not allow […]

A Word From Your Coach Licensing and Registration Manager

Bruce Martens, Coach Licensing and Registration Manager, and his wife Lisa enjoying winter riding in Minnesota. As February draws to a close, the 2015 NICA season is just ramping up! The first races for both Texas and SoCal leagues are in the books and NorCal, New Yorkand first year league Alabama are following suit with […]