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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 […]

Sponsor shout out

In 2009, Specialized stepped up as NICA’s founding national sponsor and their support continues to fuel the growth of interscholastic cycling nationwide. With the support of Specialized and our other generous sponsors, NICA’s vision and the dreams of 5000+ student-athletes are fulfilled. In conjunction with Specialized Bicycles, NICA launched a photo contest in late October. […]

Project 529 Promotion

We are proud to announce that Project 529, a software startup out of Portland, Oregon, is partnering with us in our fundraising efforts! In the U.S. alone, a bike is stolen every 30 seconds. With their 529 Garage mobile app and website, cyclists can quickly capture all the important information about their bikes. The 529 […]

Finish Strong

With the year ending and high hopes for an even more prosperous 2015, we invite you to join in our Finish Strong campaign! This effort focuses on increasing overall access to NICA programs for student-athletes, teams and coaches. The Booster Fund provides direct support, through individual scholarships, stipends and grants, to offset expenses directly related […]

Celebrate with us! The 2014 NICA Awards and Benefit Ride will be held January 24th in Northern California

We are pleased to announce that reigning MTB World Champion and Team LUNA Chix hotshot, Catharine Pendrel, will host the 5th Annual NICA Awards to recognize and celebrate NICA’s outstanding student-athletes, dedicated coaches, and passionate volunteer community that support the high school mountain biking revolution. Pendrel states, “I am super excited to be a part […]

Happy Holidays from all of us at NICA!

I have been fortunate to be part of the high school cycling movement since the early days of the NorCal High School Cycling League starting in 2003 and I am proud to celebrate completion of my second year as NICA’s Executive Director. But, I can unequivocally say that this year has been the most fulfilling […]

NICA Coach Benefits: bring ’em!

As you getting ready to set up your spring team? Are you winding down your fall season and want to reward yourself with new glasses? Check out the following custom benefits: Primal Wear Team Apparel – custom team’s kit Lizard Skins – custom lock-on grips Optic Nerve – amazing custom eyewear Feedback Sports –custom bike racks DeFeet – custom socks […]

Tips from Skills Guru Lee McCormack

For more details, see the book “Teaching Mountain Bike Skills” by Lee McCormack, available for purchase here.