Executive Director’s Note April 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 …

What’s New Across NICA?

Spring racing and leader’s summits are in full swing!   Nearly 3,000 student-athletes from over 200 schools across NICA’s NorCal, SoCal, Texas, New York and Alabama Spring Leagues are all competing now and will complete their season by mid-May. Gearing up for Fall seasons, 12 (yes, 12!) Fall leagues are hosting Leaders’ Summits.   High school and middle school mountain …

April’s Point Of View

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 Cody Phillips. Cody started racing in the SoCal League, then went to college at Lees …

Meet The Spring League Directors: Brandon La Rue

The 2016 season is in full swing and we are bringing you behind the scenes with each league’s director! Brandon attended his first league event in 2011 under the assumption that it would be just a typical mountain bike race, but soon realized he had stumbled into something very special. Like many others, Brandon spent his first race as a course marshal, …

Executive Director’s Note February 2016

Director’s Note Amazing how quickly time flies! Since I last wrote, much has happened in the growing world of interscholastic cycling. From our 6th Awards Banquet & Benefit Ride to the exciting launch of a new trail advocacy initiative in partnership with REI and IMBA, I am extremely happy to report we are off to a great start to 2016! …

NICA Alumni Challenge

Attention NICA Alumni: To encourage you to stay connected with your high school team after graduation, we’ve developed the NICA Alumni Challenge: “During your team’s next season, volunteer with your team for one ride.” By “volunteer,” we mean ride with your team and share your experiences with them about your transition into your post-high school activities—cycling and otherwise. In line …

February’s Point Of View

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 info@nationalmtb.org with the subject: “Point of View.” This month’s story comes from Instagram: hsmtbspotlights collects stories and photos from all over the country in an effort to share …

Who Will Continue Their Support In 2016?

A big thank you to all of our 2016 national sponsors! Do NICA a favor – visit and “like” their social media pages. And don’t forget to support your local bicycle shop!   PLATINUM Trek SRAM Easton Foundation Specialized   GOLD CLIF Bar Podiumwear QBP Bicycling Magazine Giro   SILVER CamelBak GU Energy Maxxis   BRONZE Athletic Event Supply Feedback …

Meet The Spring League Directors: Vance McMurry

The 2016 season is in full swing and we are bringing you behind the scenes with each league’s director! Vance graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point and served 9 years in the U.S. Army. The bicycle is an inspirational part of Vance’s life. He believes that mountain biking brings families together, and gives high school students self confidence, …