NICA Invitational Camp, June 20–24

The 2011 NICA Invitational Camp is now FULL.  Thanks to everyone for their interest and participation.

In years past, qualifying NorCal League riders have been invited to week-long advanced camps.  The riders were challenged daily with various time trials, cross county racing, endurance rides, and race mechanical simulations.

To round out the time spent on the bike the campers attended lectures and demonstrations on various race and health related topics put on by guest speakers, and had guest visits from pro riders.

The riders demonstrated strong commitment to biking, and gained valuable insight in the challenges of elite level racing.  Riders left camp with a sense of camraderie and heightened enthusiasm for mountain biking.

“At the bike camp, I learned a lot about all the aspects of biking – like nutrition, training, and the psychology of getting ready to race. It was a fun way to meet other people who share the same interest in mountain biking.” – Will Curtis, NorCal League Alumni

“The NorCal summer camps are a blast! Friends, fun, bikes, and food – there isn’t much else to ask for. It’s the best week of the year – the excitement and fun of race day all week long.” – Nate Byrom, NorCal League Alumni

This year NICA is putting on a very similar invitational camp (same NICA coaches as previous invitational camps). The camp will be structured similarly to previous advanced camps where riders will face a challenging week of skills clinics, time trials, epic rides, special guests, and group activities. At this camp, however, riders may earn the opportunity to be “Pros for a Day” in Sun Valley, Idaho. In addition, camp staff will be practicing the NICA’s approach to coaching the whole athlete and working with their families.

Highlights of the NICA Invitational Camp:

  • Expert skills instruction and clinics
  • Race-specific coaching
  • Competitive event series
  • Special guest riders and speakers
  • Epic mountain trails
  • Special opportunities for top riders
  • 3:1 rider:coach ratio

Qualification Criteria

Freshman/Soph/JV: Top 25% at any NICA race this past season
Varsity: Top 50% at any 2011 at any NICA race this past season

Freshman/Soph/JV: Top 35% at any NICA race this past season
Varsity: Top 70% at any NICA race this past season

Riders that do not meet the above criteria may also petition for a spot at the invitational camp.  Petition acceptance will be based both upon strength of the petition and also available space at the camp.  Click here for the petition form (coming soon).

Basic Schedule

9:00 – 12:00 Ride or Competition

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 Ride, Demonstrations or Competition

5:00 – 6:30 Dinner

7:00 – 7:30 Camp Meeting

7:30 – 9:00 Guest Speakers, Movies or Games

NICA Travel Team to attend XC National Championships at Sun Valley, Idaho

The 2011 Subaru – Trek team

The top NICA riders determined by their performance at camp may earn the opportunity to both represent their League and NICA, at the 2011 USAC Cross Country National Championships at Sun Valley, Idaho (July 13–15). Ten riders will be selected (some modifications might occur):

Cat. 1 Boys: 3 riders
Cat. 2 Boys: 3 riders
Cat. 1 Girls: 2 riders
Cat. 2 Girls: 2 riders

*Please note the NICA Invitational Camp does not qualify riders for Nationals. Riders must qualify at a qualification race such as the 2011 State Championships or other USAC qualification race.

The NICA Travel Team will also join the Subaru-Trek Mountain Bike Team at a National Mountain Bike Series Race.

The exact staffing, plans and cost for attending nationals as a member of the NICA Travel Team are currently being determined. The plan includes flying to Boise, ID.


The NICA Invitational Camp is now FULL.  Thanks to everyone for your interest and support.


Friends and Family can support their rising star by donating here. 100% of the donation will go towards offsetting the student-athlete fees for attending the invitational camp.