Chairwoman's Note

Celebrating Women Making History Every Month

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Middle School Girls racing at the North Carolina League's Browns Creek Race. Photo: Deborah Hage

March is Women’s History Month, and 2018’s theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” embodying women working together with strength, tenacity and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve joyful accomplishments. (Sounds a lot like riding a mountain bike, doesn’t it?)

Here at NICA, we’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate the strong, determined women that make history every day of every month – our mothers and grandmothers, our sisters, our daughters, our girlfriends, and all of the other women who work tirelessly and often against barriers (both obvious and subtle) to make our lives and our world that much better. And while we are grateful to every member of the NICA community for their contributions, this month we want to issue a heartfelt (and really, really loud) shout-out to our female student-athletes, coaches, volunteers, league directors and staff members. Their presence at practice, at work, at races, at camps and at clinics is so crucial to helping other girls and women “be what they can see” – and to make some history of their own.

NICA is committed to getting more girls and women involved in our programs and in cycling in general; as such, we are working hard to provide the opportunities, the resources and the support to get more girls on bikes so that they, too, can celebrate their own joyful accomplishments, both on and off the bike. We are particularly excited about the upcoming launch of our girls’ and women’s outreach program (Girls Riding Together, or GRiT), which we’ll tell you more about in June.


Kristine Urrutia, Lauren Haughey and Lauren Duensing

We recognize that the visible and meaningful involvement of women throughout NICA is instrumental to our efforts to reflect their needs, interests and preferences in what we do and how we do it – and you can see that involvement and inclusion reflected throughout NICA. As the first woman to be elected board chair for NICA, I don’t have to look far to see how much influence and impact women have here: Women now make up half of our board of directors; more than a third of our league directors are women; our senior management team is comprised of three talented, experienced and dedicated women (Lauren Duensing, Lauren Haughey and Kristine Urrutia); and we’re seeing more women attend Leaders’ Summits and become licensed coaches

Here’s to all of the strong, tenacious girls and women who have made history and helped pave the way for #moregirlsonbikes, and to all of NICA’s student-athletes, coaches, volunteers, league directors and staff members who are making cycling history and supporting our core value of equality.

Susan Helm-Murtagh
Chair, NICA Board of Directors


What's Happening Across America

Spring League Races Underway!

Spring racing has started in Texas, SoCal, NorCal, Alabama and North Carolina with over 3,850 student-athletes racing! Keep an eye out for New Jersey and New York kicking off their seasons in early April!

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SoCal, North Carolina, Texas, NorCal and Alabama Racing this spring! Photos: Danno's Photos; Debra Hage, Steve Morton, NorCal League, Alabama Race Media

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West Virginia and Maryland Leaders' Summits

West Virginia and Maryland Host Inaugural Leaders' Summits

West Virginia and Maryland hosted their inaugural Leader’s Summits this March. These benchmark events represent the culmination of months of dedicated hard work by their League Directors and core staff in parallel with national staff. Read more about these exciting first summits HERE.


Celebrating Women's History Month

Meet our Female League Directors!

March is Women’s History Month where the vital role of women in American history is commemorated and celebrated. Women have played an important role across NICA since its founding and continue to do so as we grow and develop across the country.

This month in celebration of Women’s History, we’d like to have you get to know a little more about our inspiring women League Directors!

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Happy 25th Birthday GU Energy Labs!

GU Energy Labs is celebrating its 25th Birthday in 2018! Started in 1993, by Dr. Bill Vaughn to help his daughter fuel her races, GU Energy Labs is still developing great tasting, nutrient-rich energy fuel for athletes everywhere! Check out their story HERE!

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Sea Otter Classic - NICA Guide

Heading to Sea Otter Classic in Monterey this April? All NICA student-athletes are eligible to receive a 15% discount when they register online using the code NICA2018 through April 15th.

Check out some of the fun activities sponsored by NICA and our friends below! Hope to see you there!

NICA - Sea Otter Scavenger Hunt!

Attention all NICA Student-Athletes heading to this year's Sea Otter Classic! We've teamed up with some of our awesome sponsors and boosters to bring you a super fun scavenger hunt. You'll have a list of questions and tasks to complete at certain booths and once complete - you get a schwag-filled water bottle! All participants will also be eligible to win prizes including a signed Trek Factory Racing jersey, a Giro Chronicle Helmet, Clif Bars, Giro Code Techlace Shoes, Feedback Sports Scorpion Stands, a Yakima Dr. Tray rack and more!

Participating Sponsors and Boosters Include:
Trek - Booth 718
CLIF Bar & Company - Booth 229
Shimano - Booth 716
Giro - Booth 895
SRAM - Booth 709
Specialized - Booth 704
GU Energy Labs - Booth 382
Maxxis Tires - Booth 147
Yakima Racks - Booth 320
Camelbak - Booth 889
Feedback Sports - Booth 112-113
Athletic Event Supply - Booth 767
Club Ride Apparel - Booth 440-441
Ride 100% - Booth 722 & 754

Details HERE.

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Meet the Trek Factory Racing Team!

Athletes from the Trek Factory Racing Team will be at the Trek Booth 718 Saturday at 4pm to meet fans and sign autographs!

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CLIF Bar Product Launch

Check out CLIF Bar & Company at Booth 229 to try out some tasty new products!

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Park Tool & Bicycling Magazine Raffle

Join NICA sponsors Park Tool and Bicycling Magazine at the Sea Otter Classic for social hour and a raffle from 3:30-5 on Friday, April 20, at the Park Tool Booth 746.

Meet Park Tool staff and Bicycling's editors! NICA boosters Timber! Mountain Bike Bells, Endura, and Club Ride have contributed prizes for the raffle. Tickets will cost $5 or three for $10, with all proceeds going to NICA. The drawing for prizes will take place at 4:45. Hope to see you there!


GU Energy Labs Student-Athlete Recovery Lounge

Head on over to GU Energy Labs at Booth 382 after your race to relax and recover! Plus get a sneak peek at some exciting new products launching early this summer!

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Feedback Sports Stands & Toolkits

Need a new Ride Prep Toolkit or Scorpion Bike Stand? Feedback Sports will have these available with special Sea Otter pricing at Booth 112-113.

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Strike Visuals

Looking for Athletic Event Supply? Keep an eye out for the STRIKE Visuals branding as AES will be re-branding as STRIKE Visuals launching at Sea Otter!

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Thule Sea Otter T-Shirts

Thule will be selling limited-edition Sea Otter t-shirts with proceeds going to benefit NICA! Check them out at Booth 524!

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Welcome to our new 2018 Booster Club Members!

We'd like to welcome our new Booster Club Members for 2018! Booster Club Members support the NICA mission through donations, in-kind gifts and proceeds of product sales. Check out some great offers and discounts from our new Boosters HERE!


NICA in Your Neighborhood

We LOVE seeing what our student-athletes, teams, coaches and leagues are up to across the country. Here are some of the highlights from the past month!

Do you have a great photo worthy of inclusion in a future issue of NICA News? If so, please email to and you may see it published! And don't forget - when you're posting your photos to tag @nationalmtb #morekidsonbikes for a chance to see your photo in NICA News!

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Photo: Alexis Bobbitt

@bobbitt_racing1 "Had a great time at the NICA Race #2 our a Comfort Climb. Very happy to have taken another win in the Varisty class. Also very proud of the Bulldog team for taking the overall team Victory!"

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Photo: Skylar Bovine

"The #nica race in Elizabethtown, NC was awesome today!! Proud to be part of the first varsity girls field of #ncicl. Congrats to everyone who raced today." - @skylar_bovine

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Photo: Steven Nadaski

An awesome weekend of racing @socalleague Vail Lake Challenge for @gabbi.richardson! "I had so much fun out on course racing with the varsity girls, and I am honored to take home a first this weekend. I am even more proud to see so many young racers having fun on bikes!"

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Photo: Logan Howard

@logann.howard "Finally took the top step of the podium at a NICA race... I can’t even begin to describe how long I’ve been waiting for this day. Stoked to finally put together a good race and I’m so happy for all of my @instasrmtb and @summitbikeclub teammates."

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Photo: Quinn Felton

For @quinn_felton, "One of the best parts about @norcalleague is the people I have met and the friends I have made. Only a week until I can see them again!"

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Photo: Tony Gamberutti (SMVC)

@skittles_shredder had a great time racing through a strong Varsity Boys field at Vail Lake

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Photo: Oregon Interscholastic Cycling League

NICA Risk Management Director, Chris Spencer, visited Washougal MX Park and other potential race venue sites with @oregonmtb!

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Photo: Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League

The @pamtbrace Core Race crew was all smiles welcoming coaches to their Leaders' Summit!

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