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 will go to NICA. NICA: …

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 about his first time with …

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, El Toro High School, and …

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 but young Haley will be …

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 NorCal Staff were in awe …

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 League Director Lori Harward was …

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 the local middle school cross-country …

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 connection to and relationship with …

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 a whole new world for …

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 another while reaching out and …