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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.

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 […]