Zack Rundell: How Mountain Biking Saved My Life

Zack Rundell, a NICA alumni and State Champion, from the Pennsylvania League, credits mountain biking with saving his life. Early on, Zack faced challenges in school and was prescribed countless medications to treat everything from autism to ADHD. But the one thing that helped Zack more than anything else was mountain biking. Zack joined the Keystone Mountain Bike Team and …

NICA Summer Camps

It’s summer camp time – and what’s more fun than spending the summer riding your bike with friends? Many NICA leagues offer summer camps for student-athletes that focus on adventure, GRiT, Teen Trail Corps activities and more. Camps are run by the NICA leagues and are staffed by certified NICA coaches and league staff. They’re a great opportunity to learn …

Summer 2019 Trek Service Course

This summer Trek Bikes is offering their Trek Certified Assembly Technician 101 course for NICA student-athletes and coaches. The course is designed to educate student-athletes to perform bicycle maintenance on their own. Skills learned through this course will empower student-athletes to gain confidence with equipment operations and save time and money by completing maintenance themselves. The course will also teach …

Beaumont High School Team Honored for Trail Advocacy

At the 2019 California Trails and Greenways Conference Beaumont High School Mountain Bike Team Coaches David and Dena Azzolin are joined by Susie Murphy of San Diego Mountain Biking Association, NICA President, Austin McInerny, Steve Messer from Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) and Vernon Huffman from Access4Bikes and the The Norcal High School Cycling League. Beaumont High School Mountain Bike Team …

Equity in the Athletic Community

NICA is committed committed to fair treatment, equal access, opportunity, advancement and elimination of barriers to encourage participation for all. We are fortunate to have two members on our Board of Directors who are also extremely dedicated to improving equity in the athletic community. Susan Helm-Murtagh is NICA’s Board Chairperson and Julia German is a Board Member and Chairperson for …

NICA Girls with GRiT

In celebration of Women’s History Month – we’re highlighting some of the visionary females across NICA who are making positive impacts on our mountain biking family! Garrison Forest Mountain Biking Team The Garrison Forest Grizzlies recently wrapped up their first NICA season with the Maryland League. Based out of Owings Mills, Maryland, Garrison Forest is one of  a few all-female …

Spoke’n Revolutions in North Carolina

In North Carolina’s Triangle region, Kevin Hicks is on a mission to get #morekidsonbikes. Kevin volunteers his time as Communications Director for the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League and also runs his own nonprofit, TriangleBikeWorks, which focuses on youth leadership. Their flagship program,  Spoke’n Revolutions Youth Cycling provides cycling adventures for youth of color that promote teamwork, strengthens communication, deepens interpersonal responsibility …

Reflections on an Inaugural NICA Season

West Virginia student-athletes having some fun as they wrap up their inaugural season. Photo: Kyle Mandler What was your favorite race of the season and why? North Bend Race #4 was amazing, because the skies were blue, and we raced on a trail that was build specifically for our NICA student-athletes. The kids really loved the course, and it was a great …

Elite Development Programs Provide Opportunities for NICA Student-Athletes

We all love mountain biking, and for some of our student-athletes, one of the best parts of mountain biking is the thrill of competition at the highest level combined with the camaraderie of being part of a successful team. NICA is changing the shape of youth cycling across the United States, and elite development programs like the Bear Development Team …