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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.

Coach and Licensing Manager note – October

Hello everyone! This is a belated greetings, since I have been at this almost three months now and have been acquainted with many of you in one way or another.  By way of formality my name is Bruce Martens and I am your new Coach Licensing and Registration Manager here at the National Office. I […]

Proactively Manage Risk! (Continued)

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 […]

Proactively Manage Risk!

Parents are trusting us, with what means most to them, their children. As coaches, we manage many areas of risk.  Spring Leagues – please focus on two timely areas of risk management within your control. Do not allow unauthorized adults (coaches that are not compliant with the NICA Coach Licensing) to practices and avoid early […]

Executive Director’s Report – October 2014

The wonderful stories and photos just keep coming in from the growing number of communities that have embraced interscholastic cycling and the message is loud and clear: students are loving and benefiting from riding and all involved adults keep repeating “I wish I had NICA when I was in high school!” With eight different states […]


“With this being our league’s first leaders’ summit I didn’t really know what to expect.  At the end of the weekend I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback  from so many of the coaches who attended.  The common feeling was that everything from the venue, to the group rides, to the training agenda to the […]


Giro Takes a Step Forward in Helmet Design Giro Sport Design has announced a new partnership with MIPS Technologies and has introduced new helmets in three key categories (Road, Mountain and Urban) that employ Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS) slip plane technology. All Giro helmets are designed to reduce as much energy as possible while […]

Whole Athlete / Specialized Cycling Team: Fuel up with tasty treats and fund NICA

On the heels of its successful 2014 season, Whole Athlete / Specialized is looking for ways to give back, as well as prepare for another great season in 2015. The team has named NICA as a recipient of its fundraising partnership with Play Hard Give Back, a fundraising and sports marketing company based in Ketchum, […]


Have you ever made a purchase from Amazon?  If you’re like most people these days, you make at least one purchase a year through Amazon and you use it for the convenience and variety. Now you can use it for NICA! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support NICA every time […]

2014 NICA Awards, Nominations due November 15

Do you know someone that has made an impact on high school mountain biking and deserves to be recognized at the 2014 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 or watching the awards highlight […]

Four NICA student-athletes shine at IMBA World Summit

Four student-athletes from three different NICA leagues took to the spotlight of the 2014 IMBA World Summit held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in August and introduced a new joint NICA – IMBA program, Teen Trail Corp.  It was the first time that a new generation of trail-users – today’s teenagers and tomorrow’s leaders – were […]

Alabama puts up record numbers!

Closing the sixteen-day September stretch of activities was Alabama’s record breaking first leaders’ summit taught by NICA Executive Director, Austin McInerny, and NICA Skills Instructor, Lee McCormack.  Alabama’s races series starts in the spring of 2015. The Alabama League’s first Leaders’ Summit held September 20-21, 2014 in Camp Hargis in Chelsea, Alabama was attended by 54 […]

NICA: Taking coast to coast by storm

Four hundred new kids take to high school mountain biking Warning: Coast to coast by 2020 is in effect across the country. While the September calendar marks first days of school, falling leaves, and participation for thousands of teens. Three NICA leagues had inaugural races, two new leagues were announced at Interbike and one more […]

Booster Newsletter, October 2014

Dear NICA Booster Club Members: We are rolling out the first NICA Booster Club Member newsletter and you’re on our list! You are included because you donated to the Booster Club in the last year and your membership may be up for renewal. But first, we’d like to thank you. Here’s hoping you had a great […]

Help KC Fontes beat cancer!

Sixteen-year-old KC Fontes has been a member of the Salinas High Mountain Bike team (NorCal League) for the past two years and in June of 2014, he underwent an experimental hi-fu ultrasound treatment procedure at Stanford Medical Center to stop the growth of a recurring fibrous desmoid tumor. It was the second time in 12 […]

QBP’s Jerry Pomije Elected Board President Of NICA

Jerry Pomije, Vice President of Operations and Finance at Quality Bicycle Products, Inc., was recently elected to Board President of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, NICA. As a Senior Executive for Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) since 1997, Pomije helped QBP rapidly grow into one of the most successful and respected companies in the bike industry. […]

Journey of the Unlikeliest Bike Mom

What is a ‘Bike Mom’, you may be wondering.  You’ve heard of ‘Room Moms’ and ‘Hockey Moms’; a Bike Mom is committed to the sport of cycling, and is intensely supportive of her kids.  If you had known my family two years ago, that would have seemed like an easy fit, for me to be […]

Trivia fans: how many years has Travis Brown been riding Trek?

This first! Trek’s offering top-caliber-superfly deals on their 2014 Calibur and Superfly mtb models to coaches and registered students.  We can’t think of a better place we’d rather spend our hard-earned summer wages – then on a new bike! Er…wait a second…you might want to run that by Mom or Dad first, okay?  If that […]

Block the Blaze and win a Schwinn Cruiser! John Wayne Cancer Foundation special offer

With the summer days long and the sun bright, it is important to care for your skin. Thankfully, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) provides valuable guidance to NICA participants and supports our love for the great outdoors. · From your computer, watch the JWCF Block the Blaze education video. · Skin cancer education provided […]