Executive Director’s Letter

As we begin the new year with the Spring Season’s competition about to commence, we look forward to our various efforts around the country.  Races, Leaders’ Summits, CycleFests, coach and  parent webinars, camps, skills clinics, new league trainings and launches, conferences, special events, and more are cumulatively making for a busy 2014! The high school cycling movement is impacting thousands …

New League Bid Process Starts February 19th.

NICA is pleased to announce the dates of the annual new League bid webinar series! These online conference-call sessions provide an overview of NICA and its efforts to bring high-school mountain biking coast-to-coast by 2020. Further, the informational presentation/discussions provide in-depth detail regarding what is required to work with NICA to expand high-school cycling in your state/region, as well as …

Meet NICA’s New Development Director, Suzette Ayotte!

A twenty-year cycling industry veteran and Maine native, Suzette remembers riding across icy college campuses and through Portland’s wintery streets long before using bicycles for transportation was a conscientious movement. It wasn’t until after she’d graduated with a degree in Communication and Journalism, left Maine for parts west and purchased her first mountain bike that she truly recognized that there …

And Now a Word for Our Sponsors.

  Every new year brings excitement and challenge for us, the NICA staffers, because we know a fresh set of race seasons are upon us. Part of the excitement is signing agreements with our many generous sponsors. We are lucky because our sponsors believe in our mission and partner with us to make sure we have enough funding to help …

Catching up with Arizona League Coach, Kara Nicholls

When I first found out that NICA was coming to Arizona, I knew that one way or another I was going to make sure my daughter had the opportunity to share her love for the sport and race in her school’s colors. What I received from the experience was so much more than that. After countless phone calls to AZ …

Very Special Ritchey Bike Auction

NICA supporter Tom Ritchey hand-built a one-of-a-kind fillet brazed 19” 605B to be sold at auction as a NICA fundraiser.  NICA followed-up with an interview to learn more about this special frame, fillet brazing, Tom’s personal history with 650B, and Tom’s hopes for NICA’s future. You can bid on this frame here.  100% of proceeds will go to NICA. NICA: …

Student-Athlete Interview with Andrew Bachman of the Tennessee League

Age: 13 Grade: Freshman High School: St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Team: St. Andrews Sewanee League: Tennessee High School Cycling League Years Riding: 8 years Years Racing: 1 year I sat down to talk on the phone with one of our student-athletes from the brand-shiny-penny-new Tennessee High School Mountain Bike League, Andrew Bachman, a few weeks ago about his first time with …

The ‘Three Amigos’

Daniel Johnson, Varsity Rider for the South Orange County Composite team, talks about his experiences in the SoCal league, the highly competitive race series this past year, and what it took to win the state champs jersey. Q: This past season, in comical fashion, you three (James Pflughaupt, Corona del Mar High School, Sean Bell, El Toro High School, and …

NICA student-athletes win at USAC National Championships and head to World Championships

Congratulations to all of the NICA alumni who competed in the USAC National Championships and to those who will be representing the United States at the World Championships in South Africa! Lucas Newcomb (17-18 men), Kate Courtney (17-18 women), Haley Batten (15-16 women) and Shayna Powless (U23 women) all won their respective championships and all but young Haley will be …

2013 League Development Camps

The 2013 NorCal League Development Camp This year’s camp was open to all skill levels of riders, and for those who came it was truly a memorable experience. The camp was held at the Mendocino Woodlands in the heart of the Mendocino coastal forest. As they approached the camp, the kids that commuted with the NorCal Staff were in awe …