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 …

Bryce Longacre: SoCal Alumni, Chief of Scoring, and NICA National Timing Trainer

SoCal Alumni, Bryce Longacre found his career by volunteering for SoCal upon graduation.  After graduating from Murrieta Valley High School in 2014, Bryce Longacre reached out to SoCal League Director Matt Gunnell to see how he could continue to be involved with NICA. Matt quickly brought Bryce onto his team and during his training, RaceRite owner and Chief of Scoring …

In an Unsure Season, the Nevada-North League Finds Ways to #getmorekidsonbikes

Ann Miers here from the beautiful state of Nevada (North) where we are still restricted in what we can do, no more than 50 people gathering and 25 people per day in a park, but you can go to a casino (makes zero sense)… It’s been a super big challenge for our league this season and sadly Nevada remains one …

Celebrating Female Leadership with Vanessa Hauswald 

Vanessa Hauswald signed on as the very first League Director for NICA and has been the Director for The NorCal League for over 10 years now. She has seen NICA grow to 31 leagues and has been an incredible influencer in NICA’s growth and success. She is an inspiring leader, empowering organizer, and courageous cancer survivor. Her infectious optimism and …