Celebrating NICA’s Class of 2020

As we head toward what in any other year would be spring league championships, proms, senior pranks and graduation, our hearts go out to our Class of 2020 Seniors. We are proud of what you’ve accomplished as students, athletes, role models and mentors throughout your time with NICA and are thankful that you chose to make NICA part of your …

Connecting Across COVID

When the recent COVID-19 restrictions put a sudden halt to NICA’s spring 2020 in-person activities, that didn’t deter Bella Hyser with the Alabama League from continuing to ride and connect with her fellow student-athletes while still staying safe. Bella took initiative on her own to set up a virtual fun ride for girls across NICA and sent the invite in …

Patterson Park Team is getting #moregirlsonbikes

In celebration of Women’s History Month – we’re proud to highlight female student-athletes and coaches across NICA who are making a positive impact to our community. Coaches Cathy Witt and Becky Redett from the Maryland League formed an all-female team last year to introduce Baltimore City youth to the sport of mountain biking. Partnering with a local middle school, Commodore …

Richmond Cycling Corps: Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop.

Around the same time NICA was being formed on the west coast, Craig Dodson formed the Richmond Cycling Corps on the east coast. Now under the direction of Matt Kuhn, we caught up with Matt to find out how the Richmond Cycling Corps is changing lives and empowering Richmond’s urban youth through cycling. Craig Dodson at a cycling event with …

Share the Ride – Western Spirit Grand Prize Winners

As part of our 2019 Share the Ride Campaign – Western Spirit Cycling Adventures donated a trip to one lucky NICA Sustainer! NICA Sustainers are individuals who have committed to helping us get #morekidsonbikes and are impacting the future of cycling through continued annual giving. CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to Joel and Kristie Black from the Alabama League – NICA …

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 …