NICA announces statewide high school cycling league in New York High school cycling programs now in nine states Press Release. For immediate release


NICA announces statewide high school cycling league in New York

High school cycling programs now in nine states

Press Release. For immediate release.
Contact: Paul Skilbeck 415.516.1444

BERKELEY, Calif. – The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) a youth development organization governing high school mountain biking in the United States, today announced the New York High School Cycling League as one of three new leagues in its expanding national program. New York's entry into the national association marks a significant step towards NICA’s mission of providing high school mountain biking coast to coast by 2020.

The New York League, based in Dobbs Ferry, brings the NICA movement to 10 leagues, spanning 9 states, including (in chronological order): California, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Utah, Minnesota, and the 2012 inductees Arizona, Tennessee, and New York.

“We are pleased to welcome the New York league into the flourishing NICA community,” said Doug Selee, executive director of NICA. “New York brings with them a great passion for mountain biking and a love of youth development. Moving forward our national NICA team will provide training and support as they prepare for their inaugural season in 2013.”

Jason Cairo, director of the New York league, said, “To say I am excited to be part of a new NICA league launching in the wonderful state of New York is an understatement. I am passionate about getting kids on bikes, and the opportunity to partner with NICA! The journey is already beginning to reach our coaches and we will be on fire and ready for our spring 2013 races.”

In between now and then, the New York League team will work closely with NICA staff to replicate the existing high school student cycling programs, which promote strong mind, body and character through mountain biking. Support from NICA will include a wide range of educational and training services geared to both a successful first season and ensuring a sustainable program for future generations.

Mr Cairo, a co-owner of the Endless Trail Bikeworx bicycle store in Dobbs Ferry has found funding for the league among families of participating student-athletes as well as his friends and business associates.

Top of the agenda now for the New York League is its inaugural annual Leaders’ Summit, a two-day conference for coaches, which will take place on Nov. 3 and 4, 2012, at the Trail lodge at Blue Mountain Preserve in Peekskill, New York. The inaugural mountain bike race series will commence in spring of 2013.

To find out more about the New York High School Cycling League, contact Jason Cairo at or go to

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.