National Programs

GRiT (Girls Riding Together) Program

NICA GRiT is a national program that aims to increase female participation in the sport of mountain biking by 10% over the next five years with a focus on recruitment and retention of girls and female coaches in NICA programs.

For more information about GRiT or to see how you can get involved in your league, please contact GRiT Program Manager Amanda Carey at

New League Development Program

Comprehensive League Development, Support and Training Plan. Leadership trained and equipped to run league and be on path towards sustainability. Includes NICA National risk management training, League Directors Resources and national support community.

League Membership Program

League membership provides your league access to the national League Directors community of support, the NICA student-athlete Membership Program, NICA coach licensing program, League Directors resources, national brand and endorsements and business services. Includes executive and leadership support and development as well as current and new program development and collaboration.

Student-Athlete Membership Program

The NICA Student-Athlete Program includes NICA national risk management, educational scholarships, NICA/IMBA Teen Trail Corps, NICA Awards,NICA promotions and membership benefits. The NICA Student-athlete is a member of the NICA movement and of the national community.

Coaches License Program

The NICA Coach License Program provides coaches and leagues NICA Leaders’ Summit training, curriculum development, membership support, ongoing training, national community webinars, accreditation, access to coach discount and coaches are part of the NICA movement.

Teen Trail Corps

Teen Trail Corps is a program that provides NICA student-athletes the opportunity to serve and give their time towards bike related advocacy activities. It is designed to provide exposure and be a gateway for NICA student-athletes into the world of advocacy. Get involved with NICA Teen Trail Corps.

NICA Awards Banquet

The NICA Annual Awards were established in 2010 to honor those individuals; student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and partners that have made outstanding contributions toward the development of high school cycling and the national high school mountain biking movement.


Indie Club Program

The NICA Indie Club Program gives students in all 50 states the opportunity to create a mountain bike team at their school.  NICA Indie Clubs operate in regions where no NICA League exists. They enjoy the same insurance coverage and other support that NICA Teams receive.

League Programs


NICA-sanctioned races provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals, do achieve their personal best. Most NICA leagues have a 4- or 5-race schedule, held in the Spring or Fall depending on the regional climate. Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation and risk management guarantee every participating student athlete is given a fun and fast environment.

Team Program

NICA high school mountain bike teams compete in NICA Leagues throughout the country.  Teams enjoy support from NICA and League sponsors. Teams vary in size, from just a few student-athlete to over 70 student-athletes.

Pledge Rides

Our Leagues do not receive tax-based government funds and depend largely on the fundraising efforts of our participant families and other supporters. Pledge rides on the road or trails are sure-fire fundraising and fun-raising events enjoyed by all.

Leaders Summit

How does NICA do it? Where do coaches learn how to start and manage a high school mountain bike team? What are the do’s and dont’s of maintaining a healthy team or new league in your state? A NICA Leaders Summit brings together coaches and leaders for an important weekend of learning, providing hands-on (the handlebar!) training, empowering coaches to build a successful team or league.

Rider Camps and Clinics

For many student athletes, mountain biking is a new sport. Even the experienced riders can learn something new at a NICA rider camp and clinic, which emphasizes proper skill, technique and a healthy approach to riding and racing. Certified coaches and assistants provide spot-on training for students of all skill levels, and in several cases a girl’s-only camp is held to encourage our future women to let their natural abilities flow.


Since 2004, our Leagues have organized a weekend of fellowship to celebrate a successful year, bringing together cyclists in the community in the form of a sit-down banquet and group ride. Celebrities have included road pro Freddie Rodriguez, Giro d’Italia winner Andy Hampsten, former road and MTB pro-turned author and television commentator Bob Roll, mountain bike evangelist Gary Fisher, pro roadie Levi Leipheimer and Garmin-Transitions CEO Jonathan Vaughters. Funds are raised, the year is celebrated, information and friendship is shared, and another season is planned out over drinks and hor d’oeuvres.