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Executive Director’s Report May 2014

Over the past month I have had the pleasure, albeit exhausting, of traveling to many new locations around the country to help expand and strengthen our growing network of leagues and partners and I am very happy to report that our efforts are paying off! With outreach and training efforts underway in our new leagues […]

NICA’s warp speed expansion: What’s the secret sauce?

Having announced the Georgia and Wisconsin Leagues in mid-March and at Sea Otter, Alabama and Virginia, NICA is tracking toward its ultimate mission: Coast to Coast by 2020.   Lately we’ve been asked, what’s the secret sauce? Ah, the sauce, you ask? Certainly not a simple recipe by any chef’s standards, the NICA recipe is a […]

Student-athlete Juliet Daniel pedaling into peace

I am alone. I don’t hear anything but the chain spinning around the gears, the knobby tires crunching the leaves below, or the occasional chirping bird high up on an oak branch. I am alone. I don’t see anything but the fields of trees ahead of me, behind me, and over me, or the trail […]

Sponsors Shout outs!

Maxxis Kudos to fourth year sponsor Maxxis for their tireless support (pun intended) and bottomless supply of all things rubber.  Among their many contributions as a silver level partner, Maxxis also provides heaps of schwag in the form of tires and tubes with distinctive orange markings that is often doled out to volunteers in recognition […]

Sea Otter 2014: It’s a wrap!

Two new Leagues, the Bicycle Leadership Conference, Camelbak, GU, Primal and the mysterious case of the tagged Sea Otter. Sea Otter has come and gone and though we could pen a novella of highlights, the brightest news in Monterey is always the sun!  Another year of no rain!  If you’ve ever spent a rainy day […]

WANTED: 4,000 people to donate $10! $75,000 REWARD!

NICA has been chosen to receive a $75,000 grant from Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation via their Sports Matter crowd funding platform.  A month ago, Dick’s solicited applications from teams in need of funding or from those seeking funding to start new teams. Most of the applicants wanted to start one new team; NICA wants to […]

Executive Director’s Report April 2014

Glancing at the calendar this morning, I was struck by the number of NICA-related events occurring across the country in April.  What an exciting time to be part of interscholastic cycling in America! With the end of the spring league’s race season quickly approaching, coach training underway in our fall leagues and our newest leagues […]

Very Special Ritchey Bike Auction

NICA supporter Tom Ritchey hand-built a one-of-a-kind fillet brazed 19” 605B to be sold at auction as a NICA fundraiser.  NICA followed-up with an interview to learn more about this special frame, fillet brazing, Tom’s personal history with 650B, and Tom’s hopes for NICA’s future. You can bid on this frame here.  100% of proceeds […]

Student-Athlete Interview with Andrew Bachman of the Tennessee League

Age: 13 Grade: Freshman High School: St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Team: St. Andrews Sewanee League: Tennessee High School Cycling League Years Riding: 8 years Years Racing: 1 year I sat down to talk on the phone with one of our student-athletes from the brand-shiny-penny-new Tennessee High School Mountain Bike League, Andrew Bachman, a few weeks ago […]

The ‘Three Amigos’

Daniel Johnson, Varsity Rider for the South Orange County Composite team, talks about his experiences in the SoCal league, the highly competitive race series this past year, and what it took to win the state champs jersey. Q: This past season, in comical fashion, you three (James Pflughaupt, Corona del Mar High School, Sean Bell, […]

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 […]