NICA Awards Recipients Announced
Acknowledging the unsung heroes of the high school cycling movement
BERKELEY, Calif.—The quiet achievers of high school mountain biking were honored at a lively ceremony attended by many of the nation’s cycling industry leaders at the new Clif Bar and Co. headquarters in Emeryville, California on Saturday, January 8th.
The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) presented awards to 17 of the individuals that the Association considers to be the most outstanding athletes, most dedicated coaches, and most passionate volunteers to have supported the high school mountain biking revolution.
Matt Fritzinger, executive director of NICA, said,“Most of the time you don’t hear about these people. Normally it’s me being quoted in the press releases and giving interviews on behalf of NICA, but the truth is most of the work is done by a large network of prodigiously talented volunteers, and we consider it important that at least some of these individuals get some public recognition. They are as much in the fabric of NICA as anybody is. What’s more, they are key contacts for mountain biking development in the areas where they live.”
The award winners are as follows:
Specialized – Student Athlete Leadership Will Curtis, San Anselmo, CA
Specialized – Student Athlete Leadership Sofia Hamilton, San Anselmo,CA
Trek – All Star Athlete Zach Valdez, Hemet, CA
Trek – All Star Athlete Lindsay Dye, Broomfield , CO
Fort Lewis College – Distinguished Alumni Emma Worldpeace, Berkeley, CA
SRAM – Coach of the Year Ben Boyer, Boulder, CO
SRAM – Coach of the Year Lee Bird, Pasadena, CA
SRAM – Coach of the Year Paul Chourre, Fairfax, CA
Clif Bar and Co. – Volunteer Service Mark Kintz, Monterey, CA
Clif Bar and Co. – Volunteer Service Donna Woods, Monterey, CA
Clif Bar and Co. – Volunteer Service Paul Goesling, Berkeley, CA
Shimano – Community Impact Austin McInerny, Berkeley, CA
Specialized – League Founder Quintin Reich, Newport Beach, CA
GU Energy – Innovator Francis Chapman, Berkeley, CA
QBP – Race Production Partner Keith DeFiebre, Monterey, CA
Primal Wear – Digital Media Albert Reinhardt, Albany, CA
Legacy Award Jim Easton, Van Nuys, CA
Photographs are available here; please credit Sol Gutierrez.
About the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
NICA is the National Governing Body for grades 9-12 interscholastic mountain biking. The aim of NICA is to foster 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 leagues exist by virtue of generous donors and sponsors, including the founding national sponsor Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Easton Foundations, Clif Bar and Co., Fox Racing Shox, GU Sports, Kinetic Trainers, Primal Wear, Shimano, Mellow Johnny’s, Fort Lewis College, Northern California Nevada Cycling Association, Wilderness Trail Bicycles, Quality Bicycle Products, Adidas Eyewear, Crankbrothers, CamelBak, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports, Creation Engine, and Mountain Bike Action. For more information, visit www.nationalmtb.org or call 510.524.5464.
Source: Matt Fritzinger