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December 1st, 2018
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Greetings Friends and Family,

Can you believe that today, 1 December, is the official kickoff of our third season?! December 1st is a special day around here; our incredible League Staff and Advisory Board have been working hard to prepare, and NICA teams all over New Jersey are planning for 6 months of fun and riding together.

Much of our efforts in the off season are focused on new team development. We currently have 9 potential new teams, from Frankford in Warren County all the way down to Burlington County in the south. As many of you know, it is a lot of work to start a team! We pride ourselves on the support we provide to new and existing teams, and this year has been no exception.

I am particularly happy to report that we have new team interest in the City of Newark. As a matter of fact, we are so excited to assist in launching this team that we are directing our fundraising efforts during this "season of giving" to the Newark team. Please join me in supporting this effort if you are able. Details are provided below in the "Share the Ride" section.

Also, check out the links below to learn about the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, which the Newark team is honoring. So cool!

Finally, our Advisory Board is expanding and currently interviewing potential new members. We have a group of wonderful and talented professionals serving on the board, and I am honored to work by their side. Please see below to learn more.

Thank you for being a part of our community. In my travels around the state I am constantly reminded of how wonderful a community it is. I am humbled to be a part of it, and feel blessed to serve in this role as we continue our #morekidsonbikes journey together.

Best wishes and happy trails,

Ken Seebeck
League Director

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Special thanks to the Bordentown Police Department's Community Policing Unit for riding with us and talking bike safety at our recent Try it Out Girlscout ride!

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December 1st marks the official first day of our 2018/2019 season. Teams may now begin their regular practice schedule, which allows a maximum of 4 practices per week. Typically our teams practices 2-3 times per week during the colder months, and may incorporate some indoor elements such as spin or core training.

In order to participate in practices, students and coaches must be "practice ready" in our PitZone software. In the screenshot below of a parent's home page (personal info removed) arrow #1 shows the blue check mark indicating that the rider is practice ready. They are fully insured and able to participate in practices and team events.

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To purchase the season pass for races, click the button shown above at arrow #2. The season pass is on sale until March 1st, and registers the student for all 5 races at the cost of 4. After March 1st, students will be able to register for individual races, at the full cost per race, using the same method. There will just be 5 races listed instead of one all-encompassing entry.

We are happy to offer the season pass this year, and reduce the overall cost of entry compared to season's 1 and 2. This year we will be offering non-race programming on Saturdays at our race venues, so plan to come out with your team even if your student is not sure that they want to race.

The Try it Out trailer will be at all venues for students to check out one of our loaner bikes thanks to the generous support provided by the Carolan Foundation.

As a reminder, we have scholarships available! We do not want finances to be a barrier to joining our wonderful program. Email League Director Ken Seebeck for details. All inquiries are kept in strict confidence.

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The 25th at Yellowstone. Photo: Montana Historical Society

Have you ever heard of the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Bicycle Corp and their amazing journeys? Did you know that Newark was once considered the epicenter of cycling in the entire United States? Derrick Washington, Team Director of our newest team in development, the Newark 25th Bicycle Corp Composite, sure does!

Derrick is dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of cycling in Newark and beyond. He has a wealth of knowledge of the golden age of cycling; the history of the 25th, stories of the multiple velodromes which were located in Newark, and tales of the 1912 World Championships held there. His passion for cycling is infectious! Under his guidance, the Newark Team is destined to bring our Mountain Bike Revolution to new heights!

The story of the 25th Bicycle Corp. has been chronicled in great detail by Mike Higgins in his blog, which you can read by clicking here.

Adam Hunt also wrote a wonderful story featuring the 25th in Dirt Rag Magazine's issue #154. You can read Adam's work here.

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Please click here to donate!

As 2018 comes to a close, all of us at NICA feel incredibly grateful for our NICA Community! Supporters, like you, change lives through cycling. Because of your support, more than 18,000 student-athletes, their families, coaches, and their communities have experienced the joy, challenge, and camaraderie of participating in a NICA event this year. Thank You!

Your commitment to youth development allows NICA to continue our mission of building strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling. With your continued support, we can build upon great NICA programs such as GRiT (Girls Riding Together) and Teen Trail Corps, while creating new and innovative programs like NICA Adventure and Pathways to ensure we are meeting the needs of all coaches and student-athletes and getting #morekidsonbikes!

New Jersey is dedicating our fundraising efforts this year to funding the program in Newark. We have developed a comprehensive budget for the first two years, and really need your help to see it through. Your help will allow us to provide loaner bikes, uniforms, storage facilities and transportation just to name a few.

When you click our donation link, either here or on our web page, you will notice the "Newark Composite Team Fund" at the very top. Please join us in making the team a reality and expanding our program throughout the Garden State!

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Subject to final venue approvals. If anything changes we will post immediately!

We are starting in the south this year and working our way north!

▪ April 14th - Race #1 - The Cruiser at Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ
▪ April 28th - Race #2 - Camp Edge Classic, Alloway, NJ
▪ May 5th - Race #3 - Lewis Morris Mania, Morristown, NJ
▪ May 19th - Race #4 - Chester Challenge, Chester, NJ
▪ June 2nd - Race #5 - Quick Slick Six, Somerset, NJ

▪ June 9th - Season rain reschedule date (if needed). Tentative venue: Six Mile Run

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Each year NICA recognizes student-athletes, coaches, volunteers, individuals and partners that have made outstanding contributions to the youth mountain biking movement across the country.

Awards are given out for contributions to the NICA Community, outstanding coaching, student-athlete leadership, athleticism and for those showing courage and contributing to NICA's legacy. Nominations will be accepted through 12/31/2018.

For more information on the individual awards and on the nomination submission process, please click HERE.

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If you are interested in furthering the NJICL mission and playing a strategic role in the development of youth mountain biking in New Jersey, we would love to speak with you about joining our Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board meets four times per year and provides program support, fiduciary oversight, and strategic direction to the League Director. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for youth development and embrace the NJICL mission, vision, and values.

Please contact JoAnne Kruse via email for additional information.

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Please support your local bicycle shop, which is the hub of our cycling community, and our amazing league and national sponsors, who make all of this possible!

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