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 below: Discounted Registration The Sea …

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 this interview, know that if …

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 review the information, and get …

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 the  parent of a NorCal …

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 – from the NorCal League …

2012 NICA Awards Banquet and Benefit Ride

NICA’s annual calendar reveals a broad array of close to 70 events and programs including races, Leader Summits, CycleFests, and camps spreading across eight states.   NICA representatives will attend outreach and advocacy events (such as Interbike, Frostbike, National Bike Summit, IMBA, and Sea Otter Classic), teach educational webinars, and create groundbreaking instructional and risk management materials. The National Staff support …

Rider Interview

The Utah High School Cycling League surpassed many people’s expectations in 2012.  From overall rider participation, coach participation, to even the speed and competitive levels of the riders.  The first year of the Utah Cycling League was quite impressive.  Although the numbers and results are fun to look at, the core of what makes the Utah League so successful is …

Coach Interview 12.20.12

Brad Didier is a coach who’s actively involved in the Texas League.  He also coached at the NorCal 2012 Invitational Camp, taught at Leaders’ Summits, and touched many of us in the NICA community through a video his team put together about their first year with the League.  I have bet many people to watch the video tear-free, and to …

League Director Interview

Jason Cairo, the League Director of the New York High School Cycling League, is breaking new ground by bringing the NICA movement to the East Coast.  New York is far away from the first NICA League in Northern California and is a huge step towards fulfilling NICA’s goal of going coast-to-coast by 2020.  New York could not have picked a …

NICA at the IMBA World Summit

High school mountain biking takes place primarily on trails. Most of those trails happen to be multi-use trails on public lands which are subject to wear and tear from trail users, weather (running water), erosion, and fires. Unlike most high school football fields, ball diamonds, and gymnasiums, there is no school groundskeeper to maintain them. This is where high school …