NICA Advisory Council


Since the beginning of high school mountain biking, NICA student-athletes and coast-to-coast growth have been supported in meaningful ways by a wide range of influencers. The NICA Advisory Council formalizes this relationship with our most devoted influencers by setting annual goals to support the NICA mission and, as NICA Booster Club members, make annual contributions. Don’t be surprised if you see any one of these individuals at a NICA race, camp, conference or special event, and be sure to thank them for their support!

Austin McInerny

Austin McInerny
Advisory Council Chair

After more than seven years of coaching the Berkeley High School Mountain Bike Team and helping grow the NorCal High School Cycling League, Austin decided to put his career in public policy mediation on hold ...

Ned Overend

Ned Overend
Advisory Council Co-Chair

Ned has been racing mountain bikes for four decades. He was the first UCI Mountain Bike XC World Champion, six-time National XC Champion, and two-time Xterra Triathlon World Champion ...

Jeremiah Bishop

Jeremiah Bishop

In addition to representing the Canyon Topeak Racing Team, Jeremiah is an 18-time member of the USA Cycling National Team ...

Ben Capron

Ben Capron

The inventor of the first ‘direct routed’ brake, later popularized by Shimano as the ‘V Brake’, Ben Capron has been in the bike industry since he was 17 ...

Chris Cocalis

Chris Cocalis

Chris, the CEO of Pivot Cycles, started out as a bike shop rat when he was nine years old, taking out the garbage and changing inner tubes ...

Kate Courtney

Kate Courtney

Kate Courtney is a professional mountain bike racer for the Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team. Kate is the 2019 Elite XCO World Cup Overall Champion ...

Lucas Euser

Lucas Euser

Team United Healthcare professional road racer Lucas Euser was born, raised, and found his love for the bicycle in beautiful Napa, CA ...

Gary Fisher

Gary Fisher

Gary exemplifies visionary leadership. Considered by many to be one of the godfathers of the modern mountain bike, it wasn’t until he attended ...

Ashley Korenblat

Ashley Korenblat

Ashley's involvement with public land began when she served as President of Merlin Metalworks, a bicycle manufacturing company in Cambridge, MA ...

Ken Mozek

Ken Mozek

From an early age Ken has been active athletically playing basketball in high school and college, running track and field and biking ...

Nat Ross

Nat Ross

Nat grew up in a small town on the Colorado River near Winter Park and is a Colorado Native. As a student, Nat ran track and skied competitively ...

Rebecca Rusch

Rebecca Rusch

A 7x-world champion and celebrity in the ultra adventure/endurance realm for nearly 3 decades, elected to the prestigious international Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame ...

Brian Vaughan

Brian Vaughan

Brian is president of GU Sports, based in Berkeley, California, down the street from the NICA headquarters. An avid mountain biker who has participated in ...

Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery founded eCommerce consulting agency CrankTankTM in 2016. The company provides hands on support to bike, outdoor and ski brands ...