Who we are

Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. Learn more here.

Coaches Resources

NICA coaches are role models and teachers who are open to learning the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and actively work to hone their leadership skills on and off the bike. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Want to get involved, volunteer your time or donate to support getting more kids on bikes? Learn more here.

NICA exists because of the generous support of our founding sponsors, national sponsors and our donors. If the interscholastic cycling movement moves you, please consider donating and help get one more kid on a bike!

Awesome work, Charles Childers! After EIGHT years with NICA, we want to give a huge congratulations to Charles for winning the NICA Distinguished Alumni Award. He has been involved with both the TrailsForYouth team in Maryland, as well as NoVa Composite in Virginia. Charles has always had a passion for mountain biking and racing, ever since he was little. He attended his first race at 4 years old, and while at the time he was confused, exhausted, and probably going the wrong way for part of it, but he loved it! He also loves to hike, kayak, and be in nature, which is why he is chosing JMU as his college next year. Go Dukes and go NICA!
Reflecting on his past years with us, Charles comments, "NICA was my first experience doing team racing. I’ve always loved mountain bike racing, but I’ve realized since beginning NICA that the community and friendliness that you receive from your team and others is unmatched."

We cannot wait to see where you go next, Charles!!!
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With whatever you're doing this weekend - stay rad, shred plenty, and stay safe!
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Congrats and THANK YOU to our GRiT Coordinators, GRiT Ambassadors and coaches for an AMAZING season! We are SO happy to support our female student-athletes throughout the season, helping them to achieve their goals, whether that was building skills and having fun or reaching the podium. Thank you for all that you do to support our female student-athletes and get #MoreGirlsOnBikes.
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Head over to shimanomtb to watch the latest SHIMANO Originals film Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop; where the richmondcyclingcorps (RCC) junior cycling program is hard at work connecting with local youth and helping them discover the power of cycling, creating new bonds, and building a stronger cycling community in the heart of Virginia one sweet jump at a time. #shimanomtb #MoreKidsOnBikes #MoreGirlsOnBikes #NICA ...

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You don't even have to be pedaling to have fun on the trails! Here, some of our Teen Trail Corp student-athletes are hard at work maintaining local trails. Awesome work!
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Photo Source: Will Stubb

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CONGRATULATIONS, Doug Simpson, for winning the Clif Bar and Company Volunteer Service Award! Doug is a Head Coach and Team Director for the Three Forks Composite team over with montanamtb. He started his NICA journey in Pennsylvania working as a parking volunteer. Doug also started his first team, Lower Bucks Composite! He then moved to Montana, and as luck would have it, they were just starting up the Montana League! He jumped in with both feet, and has now going on a fourth year with Montana, along with his prior three years in Pennsylvania!
"Thank you for this award, I love what I do with NICA and the Montana league," Doug says. "When you love what you do and have a great team to work with, it just makes it easy to volunteer."

We cannot thank you enough for all that you Doug. We would not be where we are today without our AMAZING volunteers!

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Are you up for some #NICAAdventure? This nicanewjersey group went on a RAD light-up ride🔆! Check out your local NICA league to see what adventures you can get up to. Or become a coach and start your own!
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Let's learn a #ShimanoMTB tip about body position! Body position is creating space to let you control the bike instead of the bike controlling you.
When descending, you can stand up, bend your elbows and knees, and push them out while bringing your chest closer to your bars.

If you need to step up over a rock or root, you can lift your front wheel and as it moves over the rock, shift your weight up and forward to help raise your back wheel over the feature.
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Photo Source: shimanomtb

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Volunteer. Donate. Inspire.