NICA Class of 2021 Senior Spotlight

Congratulations to NICA’s Class of 2021! We are incredibly proud of all our graduating student-athletes and wish them all the best as they step into a new chapter in their lives. Thank you NICA Seniors for your dedication and commitment to your teams, leagues and the national NICA community! Keep reading to get to know some members of NICA’s Class …

Meet West Virginia GRiT Coordinator – Mia Fox

In celebration of Asian American – Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re highlighting Mia Fox, a NICA Coach and West Virginia GRiT Coordinator who plays a key role in the West Virginia NICA Community and also strives to be a role model for young women and women of color across West Virginia. Mia arrived in the United States in the early …

NICA GRiT Presented by Continental Tires

Currently, girls represent 20% of NICA’s overall national student-athlete participation. NICA GRiT (Girls Riding Together) seeks to increase that number significantly over the next five years. The GRiT Program is NICA’s effort to recruit and retain more girls and female coaches in NICA programs. NICA is proudly sponsored by Continental Tires, whose support helps get more girls on bikes.  Take …

GRiT, Enthusiasm and Resilience – Meet Emma Hurst

If you could only use two words to describe someone, enthusiastic and determined would be the top two for Idaho League GRiT Ambassador, Emma Hurst. A talented athlete, Emma took 5th place overall in Varsity Girls as a junior and served as team captain and a GRiT Ambassador. Her enthusiasm for mountain biking, her team and her league also means …

Meet the Tallhassee Thunder!

In celebration of Black History Month, we’d like to introduce you to the Tallahassee Thunder Composite Team. They’re making waves in their first season with the Florida League as they are focused on inclusivity, equity and getting #morekidsonbikes across the greater Tallahassee community. Team founder and director, Bree VanOss established the team last year by focusing on creating partnerships with local …

2020 Share the Ride Western Spirit Grand Prize Winner

Across NICA we are grateful for the support of our community – from coaching, to volunteering long hours on race day to providing financial support – we thank you! We are also incredibly grateful to our NICA Sustainers – individuals who have committed to supporting NICA’s mission and getting #morekidsonbikes and #moregirlsonbikes through continued annual giving. During our 2020 Share …

Bringing Joy and Changing Lives through Cycling

NICA programs bring JOY and change lives across our nationwide mountain biking community. This holiday season as we invite you to Share the Ride, Change a Life, take a moment to hear from our coaches and student-athletes  how NICA programs have changed their lives and brought them joy. Meet NICA Student-Athletes Elizabeth Leitzel, Peyton Wilson, and Beck Earnest-McClelland as they …

Making Lifelong Memories – Wisconsin League Essay Contest Feature

This fall the Wisconsin League hosted an essay contest for their student-athletes to describe how mountain biking has made an impact on them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to hear how mountain biking helped Wisconsin student-athlete Kylie Krayer stay connected with friends and manage stress and anxiety.   Mountain biking has always been my escape. I never imagined my junior …

A Sense of Normalcy in a Changing Time – Maryland League Essay Contest Feature

This fall the Maryland League hosted an essay contest for their student-athletes to describe how mountain biking has made an impact on them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to hear how Maryland student-athlete, Oliver Slade, stayed healthy and gained fitness through mountain biking.   I will never forget that day. It was Thursday, March 12, 2020, an ordinary weekday …

WHO SAID IT’S A MAN’S WORLD?

Molly-Mae Sims, a student-athlete with the Utah League recently wrote a feature for our partners Borah Teamwear highlighting her experiences riding, racing and having a blast as a girl in what’s traditionally been a “boy’s” sport.  Being a girl in a “boy’s” sport is honestly the best. You know why? Because girls are supposed to be weaker than boys! But …