Meet Lauren Haughey: NICA Staffer, League Parent, Volunteer, and Coach.

This month we caught up with NICA Administration and Finance Director Lauren Haughey while she was sitting at her desk in the NICA office one afternoon, eating popcorn and crunching some numbers on her abacus. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Lauren is involved in NICA not only as an employee, but also as the  parent of a NorCal …

SingleTrack High: behind the scenes

If you haven’t already gotten news about the screenings of SingleTrack High – stay tuned.  Every league will be putting on a fundraiser around the film, which showcases NorCal student-athletes through their season.  Here is a link to the trailer, which does the film much more justice than any written description can. The first screening – from the NorCal League …

2012 NICA Awards Banquet and Benefit Ride

NICA’s annual calendar reveals a broad array of close to 70 events and programs including races, Leader Summits, CycleFests, and camps spreading across eight states.   NICA representatives will attend outreach and advocacy events (such as Interbike, Frostbike, National Bike Summit, IMBA, and Sea Otter Classic), teach educational webinars, and create groundbreaking instructional and risk management materials. The National Staff support …

Rider Interview

The Utah High School Cycling League surpassed many people’s expectations in 2012.  From overall rider participation, coach participation, to even the speed and competitive levels of the riders.  The first year of the Utah Cycling League was quite impressive.  Although the numbers and results are fun to look at, the core of what makes the Utah League so successful is …

Coach Interview 12.20.12

Brad Didier is a coach who’s actively involved in the Texas League.  He also coached at the NorCal 2012 Invitational Camp, taught at Leaders’ Summits, and touched many of us in the NICA community through a video his team put together about their first year with the League.  I have bet many people to watch the video tear-free, and to …

League Director Interview

Jason Cairo, the League Director of the New York High School Cycling League, is breaking new ground by bringing the NICA movement to the East Coast.  New York is far away from the first NICA League in Northern California and is a huge step towards fulfilling NICA’s goal of going coast-to-coast by 2020.  New York could not have picked a …

NICA at the IMBA World Summit

High school mountain biking takes place primarily on trails. Most of those trails happen to be multi-use trails on public lands which are subject to wear and tear from trail users, weather (running water), erosion, and fires. Unlike most high school football fields, ball diamonds, and gymnasiums, there is no school groundskeeper to maintain them. This is where high school …

A Rider’s Perspective: Racing Wheels in a State Dominated by Ice and Sticks

The Minnesota (MN) League is wrapping up its first season with NICA.  Many of the MN riders come from a hockey or ice-skating background.  However, in less than one season the League has made a healthy amount of noise about the two-wheeled sport of mountain biking. We talked with Sohpia Holmes, a sophomore rider for the Minnetonka High School team, …

They Didn’t Freeze: How Minnesotan Coaches Succeeded in their First Season

NICA Staffer, Chris Spencer, has been to Minnesota three times this past year.  He was able to catch up with two Minnesota coaches just finishing their first seasons: Dale Sedgwick of Minnetonka High School and Mike Binkowski of Prior Lake High School. Chris- Did you play any sports when you were in high school?  Any adult mentors stand out in …

Inside Look with Lori Harward, Utah League Director

Lori Harward is the Director of the new Utah High School Cycling League, which will hold it’s first race on September 8th. We caught up with Lori not long after she hosted her first annual Leaders’ Summit, with 82 coaches in attendance. The Utah League was announced last Fall and held it’s first official event only recently. What have you …