Training the Next Wave of NICA Leaders


Leaders in the 50-state Indie club program will create foundation of new leagues

Berkeley, Calif.—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association wishes to advise adult mountain biking enthusiasts of the fall Leaders’ Summit schedule, where new and returning coaches can fulfill many of the fundamental training requirements, and are now open to participants from across the USA.

Leaders’ Summits and Wilderness First Aid courses are taking place this fall in Northern California, Southern California, Texas and Washington.

Spring Leaders’ Summits are planned for Colorado, Minnesota, Utah and the East Coast.

NICA offers travel scholarships to highly motivated individuals who can demonstrate progress in developing new state or regional leagues (contact for more information).

The fall line up of Leaders’ Summits and Wilderness First Aid courses:

Northern California
October 15-16: Leaders’ Summit in Davis, CA

Southern California
October 15–16: Leaders’ Summit in Riverside, CA
December 10–11: Wilderness First Aid course in La Crescenta, CA

October 22–23: Leaders’ Summit in Burnet, TX

November 5-6: Leaders’ Summit in Snoqualmie, WA

Information about the spring summits is included in the full NICA Calendar.

The NICA coach curriculum, team model and race format are integrated, each designed to provide for and accommodate the specific aspects and demands of the racing program in order to deliver the greatest benefit to student-athletes. Over 1,000 student-athletes are coached by NICA coaches, with an average rider-to-coach ratio of 3:1.

Thanks to the recent 50-state Indie Club Program, a state league need not exist prior to setting up a mountain bike club for high school-aged students.

“This really expands the scope of who can attend these foundation-level training courses,” said Austin McInerny, NICA’s Educational Programs Director.

NICA Indie Clubs can compete in existing mountain bike races, including NICA events in neighboring states.

Groups or individuals interested in setting up a NICA Indie Club must have at least one coach that has attended a Leaders’ Summit (as part of their NICA Assistant Coach or Head Coach License).

Details of NICA’s 50-state Indie Club program are available at NICA’s 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 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 or call 510.524.5464.

Source: Paul Skilbeck

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