Norcal NICA High School Series Opens in Granite Bay

Race Coverage Video

Photo by Vince Tarry

Mtbr showed up and was shocked to see about 1500 people in the series opener. Coaches, parents, siblings, pets were there in force to cheer on about 500+ racers. Some were the best in the country and many were first time racers who have not been mountain biking for very long.

Here is a video highlight of some of the day’s festivities.

We learned that about 25 High Schools are represented in the league but there are also a ton of ‘independents’ who race for themselves as their own high school does not have a team yet.  Usually, these individuals are taken on to train with another high school team.

We have not seen this kind of inertia in a mountain bike race in the last 10 years. There was excitement, camaraderie and competitiveness. It just makes sense though as  this race is supported by the best people in the world, the avid mountain bikers.  Mountain bikers started the league, hardcore racers are coaching the league, and parents are helping and guiding training rides for their children.

When we pass the mountain biking fire to the next generation, we would have accomplished something great. Norcal NICA has gotten the ball rolling by working hard for the last 11 years. And now, they are spearheading the way for the rest of High Schools in the USA.

Notes: Mtbr has opened a special forum for High School and Collegiate Racing.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Donna Ruiz says:

    Although there are not many pics, the female representation at this event was out of this world! It was so amazing to watch my daughter and several others, both champs and one timers (like us), compete in a sport that appears to be dominated by males – but no longer, we are along for the ride!!!

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