High School Mountain Biking Coming to the East


Matt Fritzinger, Ben Capron Visit East Coast on Promo Tour
Target is High School Mountain Biking Coast to Coast by 2020

Berkeley, Calif.—The executive director and development director of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, Matt Fritzinger and Ben Capron, will make a six-day, five-stop tour to enlist new state leagues, starting July 6 in Asheville, North Carolina, and ending July 11 in Montpelier, Vermont.

The current development aim for NICA is to establish mountain biking as a high school sport coast to coast by 2020, and the purpose of this east coast tour is to gain foundational support in the region.

The tour includes public meetings to outline the NICA vision and method, and enables interested members of the public to talk face to face with the NICA leaders about potential involvement.

Meeting Schedule:
Wednesday, July 6 – Asheville, NC
Location: TBA

Thursday, July 7, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Washington, D.C.
Location: Saloon, 1205 U Street Northwest, Washington D.C.

Friday, July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – New York City
Location: Rodale Publishing, 733 Third Ave, New York, NY

Saturday/Sunday, July 9/10 – Windham, NY
Location: Booth in the expo at the UCI World Cup mountain bike race

Monday, July 11, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM — Montpelier, VT
Location: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main St., Montpelier, VT

For up-to-date information check the NICA East Coast Tour webpage.

NICA, which was formed in 2009 after a 10-year development period in Northern California, currently has leagues in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington. This year NICA has fielded interest from over 15 new states and several of those are submitting a bid to be the next NICA Project League.

Matt Fritzinger, 40, formerly a high school math teacher, said, “A lot of outstanding mountain biking development work has already been done in eastern USA. We are hoping to put the high school piece into this puzzle, and are looking for a range of people who will create new high school cycling leagues. Mountain biking is our focus, which we find provides a great basis for all disciplines of cycling. Over the past decade we have developed a robust student athletic program that focuses on inclusion, independence, environment, bicycle racing skills and safety, and hundreds of adults, especially parents, have found their involvement extremely gratifying.”

Fritzinger and Capron will be looking to identify potential league directors, coaches, board members, managers and communications volunteers, as well as getting the NICA message out to schools and community organizations.

NICA provides high quality mountain bike programming for high school student-athletes. These programs include instruction, training and coaching, team management, camps, racing and league development.

Ben Capron, 40, who recently left a top-level executive position at Specialized Bicycle Components to go full-time with NICA said, “We’ve created a version of mountain biking as a high school sport. The experience is unique. The events are unique. It’s growing very fast!”

NICA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Leagues receive no funding from schools, school districts, athletic funds, or any other tax-based revenue.

Anybody who would like to arrange to talk or meet with Matt Fritzinger and Ben Capron to discuss a new East Coast league should contact Tyler Dibble tyler@nationalmtb.org, or 510.524.5464.

NICA East Coast Tour website

About The National Interscholastic Cycling Association
Founded in 2009, The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) is the National Governing Body for grades 9-12 interscholastic mountain biking and fosters the development of high quality competitive cross-country mountain biking programming for high school aged athletes. NICA provides leadership, governance and program support to promote the development of interscholastic Mountain Biking Leagues throughout the United States. NICA League exists by virtue of generous donors and sponsors including the founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as Easton Foundations, SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar and Co., Primal Wear, Shimano, GU Sports, Kinetic, Maxxis, adidas Eyewear, CamelBak, Crank Brothers, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports, Fort Lewis College, Fox Racing Shox, Mellow Johnny’s, Mountain Bike Action, QBP, Ritchey Designs, WTB, and Yakima. For more information on NICA visit www.nationalmtb.org or call 510.524.5464.

Source: Paul Skilbeck

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