NICA Spring Racing to Commence in Three Leagues
High School Mountain Bike Racing starts Sunday
BERKELEY, Calif.—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s 2011 spring race season starts this February 27th in northern California, with southern California and Washington leagues following shortly after on March 6th, and April 3rd, respectively.
NICA’s Executive Director, Matt Fritzinger, said, “With over 1200 riders set to compete in our west coast leagues it’s going to be a very exciting spring. The fitness these kids achieve riding and racing their mountain bikes is one thing, but also we’re seeing many coaches, team staff and parents riding a lot, too. Having teamwork that spans several generations like this is the kind of thing that helps improve our gross national wellness.”
The NorCal series, which has been running since 2001, includes five races, February 27 – May 1, and the California state championship, May 15.
The SoCal series, now entering its third season, will have four races, March 6 – May 1, and the California state championship.
The Washington series, in its inaugural year, includes two events, April 3 and May 1.
This year, Northern California starts its process of breaking into two sections by holding a prologue event, the first event of the series, with one race for schools in the northern part of the region and another for the southerly schools.
The special and unique quality of NICA events can be fully appreciated only by attending an event. Cycling specialist journalists who have not yet attended a NICA event are encouraged to do so this year, to find out first-hand what all the fuss is about.
One of the main targets of NICA is to have a coast-to-coast network of high school mountain biking leagues by the year 2020.
Press photos from the 2010 California State Championships are available here (please credit Sol Gutierrez).
About The National Interscholastic Cycling Association
Founded in 2009, The National Interscholastic Cyling 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, CamelBak, Crank Brothers, Dirt Rag, El Monte RV, Feedback Sports, Fort Lewis College, Fox Racing Shox, Mellow Johnny’s, Mountain Bike Action, QBP, Ritchey Designs, and WTB. For more information on NICA visit www.nationalmtb.org or call 510.524.5464.
Contact NICA Executive Director, Matt Fritzinger for media and general inquires: firstname.lastname@example.org 510.524.5464
Contact NICA Associate Director, Tyler Dibble for information about starting new leagues: email@example.com 510.200.0501
Contact Nat Lopes for corporate development questions:
source: Paul Skilbeck