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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 […]

Student Spotlight on Danielle Emter, SoCal League

Danielle Emter is a freshmen on the South Orange County Composite Team, racing in the SoCal League.  James Carillo,Danielle’s coach, said about her, “Danielle is a talented rider that brings spirit to the team. She has been excited to compete in the league since Leila started telling her racing stories three years ago.”‘ We caught […]

Quick Spin with Adam Haverstock, NorCal League Coach

Adam Haverstock is the Head Coach of the Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School Mountain Bike Team in the NorCal League. The team hails from Santa Cruz, California, at a small  school with only 200 high school students. We caught up with Adam ahead of the NorCal League’s second race of the 2012 series. Tell us about […]

Student Spotlight on Max Prendergast, Washington League

Max Prendergast lives just east of Seattle, WA and participates in the Washington High School Cycling League as a member of the Eastside Composite Team. Max recently hosted a trail work day to celebrate his 16th birthday. We caught up with him to talk about the experience. When did you start riding mountain bikes? When […]

Quick Spin with Matt Fritzinger, NICA’s Executive Director

Why does a national organization need to exist? With a national organization, there is no need for leagues to keep reinventing the wheel, which allows for rapid expansion that would be difficult if everything were run locally. NICA provides curriculum standards, procedures and policies that have been tested for more than 10 years, and all […]

Student Spotlight on Jeremy Davis, NorCal League Alumnus

Jeremy Davis graduated from Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento last June. Jeremy raced for the NorCal League all four years of high schoo l as part of the Luther Burbank High School Mountain Bike Team. Recently Jeremy spoke at the NorCal League’s annual CycleFest Dinner. Below is his speech. Thank you for allowing me […]

Quick Spin with Chris Spencer, NICA Programs Manager

This summer has been a busy one for Chris Spencer. We caught up with him over ClifBars and Quinou in the break room to talk about what he’s been doing and what’s coming up in the near future. Tell us a little about yourself, Chris. What is your connection to high school mountain biking? Straight […]

Inside Look with Kate Rau, Colorado League Director

Kate Rau has been busy preparing for the Colorado League’s Fall racing series.  Teams start practicing on August 1st.  We caught up with her while during her preparations to see how things are going. The League is entering its second season. What has been keeping you busy this summer? I have been doing lots of […]

Bring “With My Own Two Wheels” Documentary To Your School

Last summer, brothers Jacob and Isaac Seigel-Boettner (both UC Berkeley and Cal Cycling alums) and Ian Wexler traveled around the world to shoot a documentary about thebicycle as a vehicle for social, economic, and environmental change. The final product was With My Own Two Wheels, a 44 minute long film that weaves together stories of two-wheeled […]

Quick Spin With Ben Capron

Ben Capron recently join NICA as a full-time staff member after almost twenty years with Specialized. We had a quick chat with Ben about the journey that led him to NICA. Why did you decide to join the NICA team? While on sabbatical from Specialized this winter, it hit me that I needed to fully commit myself […]