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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!

As our 2021 Seniors head to the finish line - we want to recognize ALL the hard work, dedication and efforts our seniors have achieved throughout their time with NICA! If you'd like to see your favorite NICA Senior featured here over the next few weeks - send a photo and a short overview of your senior's accomplishments during their time at NICA to media@nationalmtb.org!
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#morekidsonbikes #moregirlsonbikes #NICASeniors #SeniorSpotlight #Classof2021
📷 Steve Morton / @texasmtb
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“So much of NICA's success depends on the sweat, grit, and determination of the thousands of race-production volunteers who treat each event as if it were the World Championships. I'm so fortunate to be part of a team in Pennsylvania that shows up each weekend in the pre-dawn light eager to pound stakes into the hard ground, obsessively zip tie finish-line snow fencing until it's perfectly straight and tight (do it all over again if it isn't) and stay long after the last racer finishes to roll up miles of course tape on wobbly hose wheels so we can reuse it at the next event. I'm humbled, motivated, and energized by our volunteers, and their work deepens my own commitment to NICA.”
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Congratulations to Louis Mazzante, from @pamtbrace, our 2020 @rideshimano Race Production Partner NICA Award recipient! Louis is a founding member of PICL’s core crew and currently its chief of venue development and director of operations. A decade ago, while living in California, he saw the positive impact the fledgling NorCal and SoCal leagues had on their local mountain bike communities and returned to Pennsylvania determined to help start one in his home state. He knows that kids and adults who mountain bike achieve more, smile more often, and better appreciate our natural spaces. Louis is also the president of the Valley Mountain Bikers, a non-profit trail advocacy group in the Lehigh Valley focused on trail development, maintenance, and community building. He has two sons—Maddox is 8 and Lucas is 7—and he is determined to ensure that PICL is thriving and sustainable so they can join when it’s their time. Meet Louis and our other 2020 NICA Awardees via the link in our profile!
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#morekidsonbikes #NICAAwards #raceproduction #PICL #PICLMTB #strongcommunity
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What a weekend at the @uci_mountainbike World Cup opener! We'd like to give a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to @utahhsmtb alumna @haley.batten on her 3rd place finish and @norcalleague alumna @kateplusfate on her 4th place finish!
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#morekidsonbikes #moregirlsonbikes #NICAAlumni #norcalleague #utahmtb
📷 Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool
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💐 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY 💐 Before, during, after, practices, races, rides and adventures - NICA Moms support, guide and coach our student-athletes in so many ways! We want to wish ALL the amazing NICA Moms out there a wonderful and very happy Mother's Day! Thank you for all you do to get #morekidsonbikes and #moregirlsonbikes!
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#HappyMothersDay #momsrock #MTBMom
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“My experience was so wonderful. My goal is to keep practicing and to get better each year. NICA watch out for me!”
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Congratulations to JaDarrious Taylor from Middle Georgia Composite, one of our 2020 @guenergylabs Extraordinary Courage NICA Awardees! JaDarrious’ teammates know him by his last name Taylor. He loves biking but got interested when the U Create Macon coaches approached him about joining their team. Even without riding on trails before, he was in the top 25% of riders in his division. Taylor has a love of mountain biking and can't wait to build upon that next year. Meet JaDarrious and our other 2020 NICA Awardees via the link in our profile!
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#NICAAwards #morekidsonbikes #GUForIt #ExtraordinaryCourage #MountainBiking
📷 : Charise Stephens
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In celebration of #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth we'd like to recognize @indianamtb League Director Margaret Barawskas! Margaret began her NICA involvement as Indiana's #NICAGRiT coordinator in 2019. Her tireless work ethic, cheerful personality, and can-do attitude soon led to her promotion to league director. She coordinated a league-wide Adventure Weekend in the Fall of 2019, and then drove a successful inaugural season in 2020 safely managing a season in the midst of the pandemic.
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Margaret hails from Dexter, Michigan, but now resides in Terra Haute, Indiana with her husband. Margaret was adopted at a very young age from South Korea, and loves connecting with her heritage. From making traditional Kimchi (Spicy pickled fermented cabbage dish) to watching K-Dramas on Netflix, she always wants to learn more about her Korean roots. "Watching the Indiana NICA League grow across the State is something special. Getting #morekidsonbikes in Indiana will bring great opportunities and outdoor fun for Indiana's youth and communities."
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#APAHM #AAPIHeritageMonth #AAPIHM #celebratediversity #representationmatters
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“NICA has been one of the most influential things to build my character and has made me a better person. The people in this sport are the most amazing and optimistic people that you will come across in your life and will change you for the better. From my time racing with the league I have learned that I can do anything that I set my mind to no matter how difficult it may seem at first. I will always cherish my time racing with NICA and the people I have met while racing.”
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Congratulations to Jack Egan with @utahhsmtb, Ogden High School Mt Bike Team, one of our 2020 @guenergylabs Extraordinary Courage NICA Awardees! Jack rode for the Ogden High Mt Bike Team from 2015-2020. He loves to ride and spends most of his free time in the saddle. Jack was varsity 3rd overall in the North Region Utah League and took 14th at state. He has played most sports and came to NICA because his profound hearing loss isn't an issue with cycling. Meet Jack and our other 2020 NICA Award Recipients via the link in our profile!
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#NICAAwards #morekidsonbikes #GUForIT #courage #mountainbiking #utahmtb
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What does ADVENTURE mean to you? We’re stoked to partner with @salsacycles to bring you a behind the handlebars view of what adventure means to NICA student-athletes with a super-fun video contest! Share a video showing how you define adventure --- WITHOUT using the word “adventure” for a chance to win and be featured on NICA and Salsa social media. Visit the link in our profile for more information and to submit your video!
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#morekidsonbikes #moregirlsonbikes #NICAAdventure #salsacycles #defineyouradventure #FortheLoveofDirt #videocontest #video #adventurevideo
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📷 Holly Alastra / @montanamtb
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