Get to Know your NICA Volunteers!

Ever wonder how a NICA race comes together? How do tranquil trails and empty fields become transformed into an exciting race course and energy-filled pit-zone? Well in addition to student-athletes, coaches and parents, NICA races are supported by over 10,000 volunteers nationwide! Volunteers serve as everything from race announcers to course setters, to sweeps to photographers and NICA races would …

NICA Support from Trek and Walton Family Foundation

NICA Leagues are now receiving direct support from Trek Bicycle and NICA programs have been bolstered by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation. Trek Bicycle announced in June that in addition to the $1 million pledged to NICA, Trek will continue to contribute $1 from every mountain bike tire sold as well as $10 from the sale of …

Louisa’s Point of View – NICA GRiT

With the official launch of NICA’s Girls Riding Together (GRiT) program – we wanted to catch up with one of our student-athletes who has been involved with GRiT program activities in her local league! Meet Louisa – a 6th grader with the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League. Louisa rides for the Gilmer Cartecay Composite Team (aka Team Cartecay) and is a GRiT Ambassador …

Girls Riding Together Program Launches

NICA GRiT is a national program that aims to increase female participation in the sport of mountain biking by 10% over the next five years with a focus on recruitment and retention of girls and female coaches in NICA leagues. Currently, girls represent 20% of the NICA national student-athlete participation. Focused efforts are needed to increase teenage female involvement as …

2018 National Conference a HUGE Success!

2018 Conference Attendees. Photo: Todd Bauer / TMB Images Last month NICA hosted its annual conference in Bentonville, Arkansas. This year’s event brought over 150 leaders together from 22 states and regions to strategize, connect and continue to expand NICA’s efforts to promote youth development through mountain biking across the United States. “Having been at every NICA Conference over the …

Dirt Rag Literature Contest Winners

Last month we announced a Literature Contest with Dirt Rag magazine where we asked student-athletes to tell us how they have been able to develop a strong character through interscholastic cycling with the support of their coach. We received MANY wonderful entries and after much deliberation selected three winners. Congratulations to Heidi Martin, Griffin Clubb and Sage Flory for their …

Welcome 2018 Booster Club Members!

NICA would like to say a big thank-you to all the following brands who joined NICA through our Booster Club program for 2018. Booster Club Members support the NICA mission through donations, in-kind gifts and proceeds of product sales. This year our Corporate Booster Club has been very successful at bringing in new brands who believe in our #morekidsonbikes philosophy. …

Do You Remember Your First Leaders Summit?

Lauren Duensing, VP Programs West Virginia and Maryland hosted their inaugural Leader’s Summits this March. These benchmark events represent the culmination of months of dedicated hard work by their League Directors and core staff in parallel with national staff. Last May my husband and I attended the California State Championship in Sonoma County. California is the only state with two …

Sea Otter Scavenger Hunt

Heading to Sea Otter Classic this year? NICA is sponsoring a fun scavenger hunt for student-athletes! Your mission – should you chose to accept it – is to visit NICA Sponsors and Boosters, answer some fun questions or complete a fun task and then win cool prizes! NICA will have a table set up at the Trek Booth (718), where …