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 …

Quick Spin with Kristi Berg, Washington League

Former mountain bike downhill and cross country pro, Kristi Berg, is blazing a trail in female participation for high school mountain biking with a program in her home state of Washington. Seven years ago, Kristi obtained her USA Cycling coaches licence, to help develop cycling in her region, 45 miles north of Seattle. Then about two years ago she began …

Student Spotlight on Sarah Ogden, NorCal League

Sarah Ogden races for Redwood High School in the NorCal League. In her first complete race series, Sarah has seen tremendous success, culminating in a win at the California State Championships in the Junior Varsity Girls race. We caught up with Sarah to talk about how she got into the sport and her plans for the future. How did you …

Student Spotlight on Danielle Emter, SoCal League

Danielle Emter is a freshmen on the South Orange County Composite Team, racing in the SoCal League.  James Carillo,Danielle’s coach, said about her, “Danielle is a talented rider that brings spirit to the team. She has been excited to compete in the league since Leila started telling her racing stories three years ago.”‘ We caught up with Danielle halfway through …

Quick Spin with Adam Haverstock, NorCal League Coach

Adam Haverstock is the Head Coach of the Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School Mountain Bike Team in the NorCal League. The team hails from Santa Cruz, California, at a small  school with only 200 high school students. We caught up with Adam ahead of the NorCal League’s second race of the 2012 series. Tell us about how long you’ve been coaching …

Student Spotlight on Max Prendergast, Washington League

Max Prendergast lives just east of Seattle, WA and participates in the Washington High School Cycling League as a member of the Eastside Composite Team. Max recently hosted a trail work day to celebrate his 16th birthday. We caught up with him to talk about the experience. When did you start riding mountain bikes? When I was young, my dad …

Quick Spin with Matt Fritzinger, NICA’s Executive Director

Why does a national organization need to exist? With a national organization, there is no need for leagues to keep reinventing the wheel, which allows for rapid expansion that would be difficult if everything were run locally. NICA provides curriculum standards, procedures and policies that have been tested for more than 10 years, and all of this continues to improve …

Student Spotlight on Jeremy Davis, NorCal League Alumnus

Jeremy Davis graduated from Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento last June. Jeremy raced for the NorCal League all four years of high schoo l as part of the Luther Burbank High School Mountain Bike Team. Recently Jeremy spoke at the NorCal League’s annual CycleFest Dinner. Below is his speech. Thank you for allowing me to share my story. I …

Quick Spin with Chris Spencer, NICA Programs Manager

This summer has been a busy one for Chris Spencer. We caught up with him over ClifBars and Quinou in the break room to talk about what he’s been doing and what’s coming up in the near future. Tell us a little about yourself, Chris. What is your connection to high school mountain biking? Straight up, high school mountain biking …