President's Note

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Presenting the Merit Award to Coaches David and Dena Azzolin at the 2019 California Trails and Greenways Conference. L-R Susie Murphy of San Diego Mountain Biking Association, Coaches David and Dena Azzolin from Beaumont High School Mountain Bike Team, NICA President, Austin McInerny, Steve Messer from Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) and Vernon Huffman from Access4Bikes and the The NorCal High School Cycling League.

Dear NICA Family,

Wow, so much as happened across our NICA community in the last month! I am excited to share all that has been achieved.

First, as many of you know I announced my decision to step down as NICA President earlier this year. I am happy to announce that Steve Matous has been selected as the new NICA President. Steve brings a wealth of nonprofit management experience, including serving as Executive Director at Outward Bound USA for 5 years. As NICA’s outgoing President, I am thrilled to have Steve step into my role. His experience will serve our community well and I am confident in his abilities to continue NICA’s growth and excellence in youth development. For further detail please see press release HERE. Join me, my colleagues and the NICA Board of Directors in welcoming Steve to the NICA community!

Last month we highlighted our fantastic female student-athletes, coaches and board members, as well as our Girls Riding Together (GRiT) program, and now I am thrilled to let everyone know that we have achieved a new milestone increasing our female ridership nationwide to 20.2%! Let’s keep up the awesome work to encourage #moregirlsonbikes across all our leagues!

Most recently I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to have attended several events where our student-athletes and coaches are being recognized for their outstanding achievements Coach Whitney Pogue from the Utah League and Coach Larry Alonso from the Georgia League were recognized by Positive Coaching Alliance for their excellence in coaching and Coach David Azzolin and the SoCal League’s Beaumont High School Mountain Bike team were recognized at the California Trails and Greenways Conference for their outstanding trail advocacy and stewardship efforts.

It goes without saying that it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the President of NICA. As reflected in this month's newsletter, the student-athletes, coaches and volunteers of the NICA continue to work towards the betterment of their communities. I look forward to my new capacity as an Advisory Board member, but moreover, I look forward to seeing how you all continue to build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling. Thank you all for letting me be a part of the best ride ever!

With Gratitude,


What's New Across America

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Welcome Missouri and South Carolina

Missouri and South Carolina Announced as Newest Leagues

We are excited to welcome Missouri and South Carolina as the two newest states to join the NICA family! The addition of these two leagues brings our total number of leagues nationwide to 27 and enables us to serve over 70% of our country's population. Missouri and South Carolina will host their inaugural seasons in 2020.

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Coach Whitney Pogue from Corner Canyon HS in the Utah League.

NICA Coaches Awarded Positive Coach Alliance Double-Goal Coach Awards

Congratulations to Whitney Pogue from the Utah League's Corner Canyon High School and Larry Alonso from the Georgia League's Gilmer Cartecay Youth Mountain Bike Team on their recognition by Positive Coaching Alliance as National Double-Goal Coach Award Winners! The Double-Goal Coach Award is given out annually to 50 coaches across the country who are exemplary at not only inspiring their student-athletes to achieve athletic results, but also to pursue important life lessons through sports. The award winners are selected for their excellence in developing "Better Athletes, Better People." Learn more about this honor HERE.


NICA - People for Bikes Economic Impact Study

This season, NICA has partnered with People for Bikes to study the economic impact NICA races have on our community and we need YOUR help! Please take 5 minutes to complete the following short survey about last weekend’s race. Your participation will provide valuable information that will enable NICA to share the positive impact league events have on our state and within our communities. Survey participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes, including a free race entry! You can access the survey HERE.

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Beaumont HS Student-Athletes participating in trail maintenance at their local park. Photo: @beaumont.mtb

Beaumont HS Mountain Bike Team Recognized for Trail Stewardship Efforts

Congratulations to the SoCal League's Beaumont High School Mountain Bike team for being selected as the winner of the California Trails and Greenways Conference Merit Award- Development! Over the past several years the team has participated in NICA Teen Trail Corps activities to maintain and improve trails in their local Bogart Park. Read more about the Beaumont High School Mountain Bike team's efforts HERE.

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Share your NICA Story and Recognize NICA as a Top NonProfit

NICA is a top-rated nonprofit with and we need YOUR help to keep our top ranking. Check out our profile HERE, click the "Share Your Story" button and share your story of how NICA has impacted your family and community. Writing a review is easy and takes less than 5 minutes!

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NICA staff and the Cornhole Tournament Winners from GU Energy Labs and Runners-Up from Kenda Tire!

Sea Otter Classic - Thank you!

It was awesome to see so many NICA student-athletes, coaches, parents, sponsors and boosters at this year's Sea Otter Classic!

Thank you to all the teams who participated in the First Annual NICA Intergalactic Cornhole Tournament! The tournament was a blast, raised some funds to get #morekidsonbikes and we crowned the crew from GU Energy Labs our first tournament champions!

Thank you to our booster club members, Kenda Tires, MINT Socks, Club Ride Apparel, Canyon Bikes and Hyperthreads for hosting NICA promos during the event as well!

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Student-athletes getting to ride the Trek trails as part of the Service Course.

Trek - NICA Service Course

Want to tune up your bike maintenance skills this summer? Trek's Certified School of Service is again offering its Certified Assembly Technician course just for NICA student-athletes and coaches. This year, in addition to 2 Level 1 Courses, Trek will also be offering a Women's Level 1 Course and a Level 2 course for NICA student-athletes.

Curious about a course? Check out the links below for details on dates, schedule, costs and registration information!
Level 1 Courses
* NICA Level 1 Co-Ed, June 10-12
* NICA Level 1 Women, July 8-10
* NICA Level 1 Co-Ed, July 15-17

Level 2 Course
* NICA Level 2 Co-Ed, June 24-28

Please Note: Level 1 Courses are 3-days and cost $550, Level 2 Courses are 5-days and cost $1100.


Maxxis Tires Renews Partnership with NICA

Maxxis is proud to renew their longstanding partnership with NICA for 2019! Allowing today’s youth the opportunity to learn, train, and compete in the outdoors offers an alternative to the traditional sports arena. The stars of tomorrow are turning pedals with NICA today. The team at Maxxis is delighted to support the future of cycling, a sport that has given so much to them!

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Club Ride Impact Grant Applications Open

Club Ride is proud to announce their first annual Impact Grant. This grant is designed to help a trail group in need of funding transform their ideas into a successful trail opportunity for their community with a $2,500 grant. Special consideration will be made for projects that include partnerships with NICA teams! Click HERE for more details. Applications are due May 31, 2019.

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Check out Outerbike this Summer!

If you've dreamed of checking out all the latest bikes on epic trails - here's your chance! Our friends at Western Spirit Cycling have partnered with Sun Valley to host Outerbike in an amazing mountain bike location! With over 400 miles of trails, there's something for everyone and Outerbike makes it easy for you to demo any bike you can dream of. Find out more details and information on event passes HERE.


NICA in Your Neighborhood

Here are some snapshots of what's been happening across our 25 leagues so far this year!

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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@addison.18.simis has a great crew of friends and loves NICA race weekends!

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one.banana.peel.away was having tons of fun at the @Montanamtb Leaders' Summit learning how to coach mountain biking skills!

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Alison O'Dell and the Salinas High Mountain Bike Team had an awesome time hanging at the GU Energy Labs Booth at Sea Otter Classic!

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Great weekend of racing for @johntomnas_a with the Alabama League at Oak Mountain State Park!

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Racers from the NorCal League tackle some technical terrain at Granite Bay. Photo: Doug Diego

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