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 …

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 Jake and Kyle are riders …

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, SpiritOfHowdy.org, offers mountain-bike coaches tools for …