Students, Volunteers and Industry Figures Honored at 2011 NICA Awards

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Outstanding achievers describe how high school cycling is changing lives

Berkeley, Calif. – Outstanding participants in Southern California, Northern California, Colorado and Washington high school cycling leagues were honored at the 2011 National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Awards, at the Clif Bar and Co. headquarters in Emeryville, California, Saturday, January 14.

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) presented awards in 13 categories to 21 of the individuals considered to be the most outstanding athletes, most dedicated coaches, and most passionate volunteers, and supporters to have participated in the high school mountain biking revolution.

Matt Fritzinger, executive director of NICA, said, “I am held up by the greatness of those I’m surrounded by, and it’s a privilege to serve and be in the company of such great people. It’s amazing to listen to the stories of those honored, and I know there are many other fantastic accomplishments among the 1,150 student-athletes who raced in 2011, it’s incredible what is going on here.”

Quotes from each award recipient are available here: Award Recipient Quotes

Full size photographs are available here: 2011 NICA Awards (please credit Sol Gutierrez)

Award Recipients

Specialized League Founders Award
Kate Rau, Colorado High School Cycling League

Primal Wear Digital Media Award
David Curtis, NorCal High School Cycling League/NICA

QBP Race Production Partner Award
Jason Ranoa, SoCal High School Cycling League

Trek All-Star Athlete Award
Dominique Fenichell, Boulder High School, Colorado High School Cycling League
Joel Titius, Corona Composite Team, SoCal High School Cycling League

SRAM Coach of the Year Award
Fred Maxwell, Salida High School, Colorado High School Cycling League
Dave Peery, Woodcrest Christian High School, SoCal High School Cycling League
Julia Violich, Redwood High School Mountain Bike Team, NorCal High School Cycling League
Kari Studley, Northshore Composite Team, Washington High School Cycling League

Clif Bar & Company Volunteer Service Award
Walt Lee, Colorado High School Cycling League
Ezra Coleman, NorCal High School Cycling League
Sean McCoy, SoCal High School Cycling League

Visionary Leader Award
Gary Fisher

Jeep Extraordinary Courage Award
Hannah Mendro, Arlington/Lakewood Composite Team, Washington High School Cycling League

Fort Lewis College Distinguished Alumni Award
Todd Norwood, 2004 Alum, NorCal High School Cycling League

Legacy Award
Gary Erickson, Founder, Co-Owner and Co-CEO, CLIF Bar & Company

Easton Foundations Student-Athlete Community Service Award
Josh Hodges, Rim of the World High School, SoCal High School Cycling League
Angelique Margve, John Burroughs High School, SoCal High School Cycling League

Specialized Student-Athlete Leadership Award
Dillen Maurer, Crescenta Valley High School, SoCal High School Cycling League
Jencee Reardon, 7220 Racing Team, Colorado High School Cycling League

Shimano Community Impact Award
Officer George Martinez, Luther Burbank High School, NorCal High School Cycling League

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 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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