Shimano Live Host and Pro CX Racer Andrew Juiliano speaks with NICA President Steve Matous about getting more kids on bikes even during this exceptional time. While the huge race campouts, where thousands of student athletes and their families gather for weekends of two wheeled fun, garner much of the attention, NICA is about more than just race days. From adventure rides to trail work weekends, the organization aims to use cycling to build character and community while fostering lifelong friendships and a love for an active lifestyle.
In honor of Father’s Day this month – we caught up with Texas’s new League Director, Adam Finck. This father of two has been involved with the Texas League since it was launched in 2012, first as a head coach for the Lubbock Bombers and now as the new Texas League Director.
When the recent COVID-19 restrictions put a sudden halt to NICA’s spring 2020 in-person activities, that didn’t deter Bella Hyser with the Alabama League from continuing to ride and connect with her fellow student-athletes while still staying safe.
In celebration of Women’s History Month – we’re proud to highlight female student-athletes and coaches across NICA who are making a positive impact to our community. Coaches Cathy Witt and Becky Redett from the Maryland League formed an all-female team last year to introduce Baltimore City youth to the sport of mountain biking. Partnering with a local middle school, Commodore John Rodgers and the nearby Julie Community Center, the team practiced at Patterson Park, a historic 295 acre park located in the heart of Baltimore city. Thus, the Patterson Park Mountain Bike team was created!
Around the same time NICA was being formed on the west coast, Craig Dodson formed the Richmond Cycling Corps on the east coast. Now under the direction of Matt Kuhn, we caught up with Matt to find out how the Richmond Cycling Corps is changing lives and empowering Richmond’s urban youth through cycling.
As part of our 2019 Share the Ride Campaign – Western Spirit Cycling Adventures donated a trip to one lucky NICA Sustainer! NICA Sustainers are individuals who have committed to helping us get #morekidsonbikes and are impacting the future of cycling through continued annual giving.
US Bank has donated $20,000 on behalf of the REI Mastercard program to The National Interscholastic Cycling Association, a national nonprofit that develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for middle and high school student-athletes.
Zack Rundell, a NICA alumni and State Champion, from the Pennsylvania League, credits mountain biking with saving his life.
It’s summer camp time – and what’s more fun than spending the summer riding your bike with friends? Many NICA leagues offer summer camps for student-athletes that focus on adventure, GRiT, Teen Trail Corps activities and more. Camps are run by the NICA leagues and are staffed by certified NICA coaches and league staff. They’re a great opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and above all – have FUN!
This summer Trek Bikes is offering their Trek Certified Assembly Technician 101 course for NICA student-athletes and coaches. The course is designed to educate student-athletes to perform bicycle maintenance on their own. Skills learned through this course will empower student-athletes to gain confidence with equipment operations and save time and money by completing maintenance themselves.