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NICA student-athletes win at USAC National Championships and head to World Championships

Congratulations to all of the NICA alumni who competed in the USAC National Championships and to those who will be representing the United States at the World Championships in South Africa! Lucas Newcomb (17-18 men), Kate Courtney (17-18 women), Haley Batten (15-16 women) and Shayna Powless (U23 women) all won their respective championships and all […]

2013 League Development Camps

The 2013 NorCal League Development Camp This year’s camp was open to all skill levels of riders, and for those who came it was truly a memorable experience. The camp was held at the Mendocino Woodlands in the heart of the Mendocino coastal forest. As they approached the camp, the kids that commuted with the […]

NICA Advanced Coach Training Clinic with Lee McCormack

During the last weekend in June, NICA hosted an inaugural 2 day advanced coach training clinic in Utah, flying in selected coaches from all 9 leagues around the country! Austin McInerny, NICA Executive Director, and Lee McCormack, owner of Lee Likes Bikes and creator of the Lee Likes Bikes Training Method, facilitated the program. Utah […]

All-Inclusive Team Environment Pays Dividends in Team Growth

Recently, NorCal team Tamalpais High School has seen dramatic growth, especially in the amount of girls participating. In the interview below, Tamalpais High School Coach Christy Allen provides insights on the growth and the overall success of the team this year. Q: How did you first get involved in coaching? A: [Christy]: I have been coaching […]

3 executives, 3 companies, 1 movement

NICA met up with Ben Capron, CEO of OSMO Nutrition, Brian Vaughan, CEO/Co-Founder of GU Energy Labs and Eric Russell, National Sale Manager of Clif Bar and Company to learn more about their love of cycling, involvement in the High School Mountain Biking movement, and their vision of its future. Tell us about your personal […]

Coaching runs in the family

Coaches mentor and mold today’s youth to be their best.  Through hard work, coaches help develop bonds and create a sense of community. From the sidelines, experiencing this camaraderie is inspiring and infectious.  Peggy Mozak was inspired by her husband Ken and other coaches work in the NorCal league and made the plunge, opening up […]

The Sea Otter Classic: A NICA Red Carpet Event

The Sea Otter Classic brought the NICA community together in a new way.  NICA coaches, student-athletes, staff, and volunteers from all over the country raced in the same event and supported each other’s’ races.  In-between races and rides, everyone came together at the booth to share stories.  Over twenty-five NICA ambassadors and volunteers supported one […]

The family that got the biking bug

As we all know, mountain biking is addicting.  And when one person in the family starts riding, the rest often can’t resist.  The Legge family from the SoCal League is a great example of this.  Father Mike Legge  started riding first and coaches on the Newbury Park High School team, and now his twin sons […]

NICA and IMBA launch ‘Spirit of Howdy’

Working with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), we are pleased to introduce “The Spirit of Howdy,” a new trail etiquette initiative designed to illuminate and advance the NICA trail riding ethos, which we believe is key to the healthy growth of the national high school mountain biking movement. The Spirit of Howdy website,, […]

NICA Coach License Benefit Form

Come Connect with NICA at the Sea Otter Classic!

The Sea Otter Classic is quickly approaching, and NICA will be there with a booth to support all student-athletes and coaches who are competing and to provide an opportunity for members from the NICA community to connect. Big thanks to the Sea Otter Classic for donating our booth space! Check out all of our activities […]

Meet Maurice Tierney – Publisher of DirtRag Magazine

Maurice Tierney, the perfect face and personality for the man behind a magazine that continues to keep it’s focus on singletrack, bikes, and the marriage between the two. We sat down with Maurice to learn more about Maurice himself, DirtRag and how NICA got involved in all of this. If you learn nothing more from […]

NICA Licensed Coaches

Click here for a list of NICA licensed coaches* *as of 8.23.13 We continually update NICA coach license information.  If you have recently sent in coach license information please give approximatly the following time until it is updated in the Pit Zone. NICA Background Check : 5 business days.  The background check company must first […]

Meet Lauren Haughey: NICA Staffer, League Parent, Volunteer, and Coach.

This month we caught up with NICA Administration and Finance Director Lauren Haughey while she was sitting at her desk in the NICA office one afternoon, eating popcorn and crunching some numbers on her abacus. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Lauren is involved in NICA not only as an employee, but also as […]

SingleTrack High: behind the scenes

If you haven’t already gotten news about the screenings of SingleTrack High – stay tuned.  Every league will be putting on a fundraiser around the film, which showcases NorCal student-athletes through their season.  Here is a link to the trailer, which does the film much more justice than any written description can. The first screening […]

2012 NICA Awards Banquet and Benefit Ride

NICA’s annual calendar reveals a broad array of close to 70 events and programs including races, Leader Summits, CycleFests, and camps spreading across eight states.   NICA representatives will attend outreach and advocacy events (such as Interbike, Frostbike, National Bike Summit, IMBA, and Sea Otter Classic), teach educational webinars, and create groundbreaking instructional and risk management […]

Rider Interview

The Utah High School Cycling League surpassed many people’s expectations in 2012.  From overall rider participation, coach participation, to even the speed and competitive levels of the riders.  The first year of the Utah Cycling League was quite impressive.  Although the numbers and results are fun to look at, the core of what makes the […]

Coach Interview 12.20.12

Brad Didier is a coach who’s actively involved in the Texas League.  He also coached at the NorCal 2012 Invitational Camp, taught at Leaders’ Summits, and touched many of us in the NICA community through a video his team put together about their first year with the League.  I have bet many people to watch […]

League Director Interview

Jason Cairo, the League Director of the New York High School Cycling League, is breaking new ground by bringing the NICA movement to the East Coast.  New York is far away from the first NICA League in Northern California and is a huge step towards fulfilling NICA’s goal of going coast-to-coast by 2020.  New York […]

NICA at the IMBA World Summit

High school mountain biking takes place primarily on trails. Most of those trails happen to be multi-use trails on public lands which are subject to wear and tear from trail users, weather (running water), erosion, and fires. Unlike most high school football fields, ball diamonds, and gymnasiums, there is no school groundskeeper to maintain them. […]

A Rider’s Perspective: Racing Wheels in a State Dominated by Ice and Sticks

The Minnesota (MN) League is wrapping up its first season with NICA.  Many of the MN riders come from a hockey or ice-skating background.  However, in less than one season the League has made a healthy amount of noise about the two-wheeled sport of mountain biking. We talked with Sohpia Holmes, a sophomore rider for […]

They Didn’t Freeze: How Minnesotan Coaches Succeeded in their First Season

NICA Staffer, Chris Spencer, has been to Minnesota three times this past year.  He was able to catch up with two Minnesota coaches just finishing their first seasons: Dale Sedgwick of Minnetonka High School and Mike Binkowski of Prior Lake High School. Chris- Did you play any sports when you were in high school?  Any […]

Inside Look with Lori Harward, Utah League Director

Lori Harward is the Director of the new Utah High School Cycling League, which will hold it’s first race on September 8th. We caught up with Lori not long after she hosted her first annual Leaders’ Summit, with 82 coaches in attendance. The Utah League was announced last Fall and held it’s first official event […]

Quick Spin with Kristi Berg, Washington League

Former mountain bike downhill and cross country pro, Kristi Berg, is blazing a trail in female participation for high school mountain biking with a program in her home state of Washington. Seven years ago, Kristi obtained her USA Cycling coaches licence, to help develop cycling in her region, 45 miles north of Seattle. Then about […]

Student Spotlight on Sarah Ogden, NorCal League

Sarah Ogden races for Redwood High School in the NorCal League. In her first complete race series, Sarah has seen tremendous success, culminating in a win at the California State Championships in the Junior Varsity Girls race. We caught up with Sarah to talk about how she got into the sport and her plans for […]