US Bank Donates $20,000 to NICA on Behalf of REI

This initially appeared in REI’s employee communications on 11/22/2019. US Bank has donated $20,000 on behalf of the REI Mastercard program to The National Interscholastic Cycling Association, a national nonprofit that develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for middle and high school student-athletes.  The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) is an REI grant partner and supports 31 youth cycling leagues across …

Building Community in SoCal

NICA unites diverse people, families and communities through cycling by creating fun and welcoming experiences. Community is one of NICA’s Values and central to our mission to build strong minds, bodies, character and communities through cycling. Recently, we caught up with Carmen Luna, the Team Director for the SoCal League’s Eastlake High School and South Bay Composite teams to learn …

Biking to your Best Self

Last month, the Montana League kicked off their inaugural season with one of the largest inaugural race in NICA’s history. Over 150 student-athletes participated in the Cross Cut Classic, and over 30% of the student-athletes were female. So what’s Montana’s secret sauce? We chatted with Heidi and Molly from Bozeman Youth Cycling, which makes up the Bozeman NICA team to …

Collegiate Cycling Clubs Offer NICA Alumni Cycling Opportunities

Part of NICA’s mission is to not just get #morekidsonbikes but to build strong cycling communities and create lifelong cyclists. While NICA programs are designed for student-athletes in grades 6-12, there are many post-secondary cycling opportunities for all NICA alumni. There are an increasing number of universities and colleges across the country that offer varsity programs for competitive elite athletes, …

Friendship, Confidence, Fun – NICA GRiT is getting #moregirlsonbikes!

Ruth Seidel races with the New York League and has enjoyed their GRiT Activities. Photo: Ruth Seidel NICA GRiT (Girls Riding Together) is a national initiative to increase our overall female participation in NICA programs to 33% by 2023. Across participating leagues, GRiT Coordinators are hosting rides, camps, socializing opportunities and developing ambassador programs all aimed at increasing the number …

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 …