Executive Director's Note With the school year coming to an end, all of us at NICA congratulate our graduates and wish everyone an enjoyable summer t

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Executive Director's Note

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Doing what I do best - getting #morekidsonbikes

With the school year coming to an end, all of us at NICA congratulate our graduates and wish everyone an enjoyable summer that, hopefully, includes adventures both on and off the bike!

With the New York League closing out their competition this past weekend, NICA had an incredibly successful spring season and we are already looking forward to the fall season, which is going to be bigger and better than ever with nine states participating – wow!!

I hope you enjoy this newsletter, which includes a chance to win a new Pivot bike as well as program updates and a number of offers from NICA partners.

For those of you attending the inaugural Carson City Off-Road race this weekend, be sure to stop by the Nevada Interscholastic Cycling League's booth to say hi as a few of us will be there racing and cheering for Todd Wells!

Until next month, Austin

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NICA Programs and Sponsors put a lot of “Spring” in our Steps!

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California State Championships pre-ride. Credit: JC Belliard

Congratulations to the NorCal, SoCal, Texas, New York and Alabama Leagues on the completion of their 2016 Spring seasons. Collectively, 3,081 student-athletes participated.

We have seen fantastic photos that embody strong mind, body and character, and have shared your excitement!

Keep that “Spring” in your step by:

Nominating those deserving individuals from your league for the 2016 NICA Awards!
Sending your story and a photo to content@nationalmtb.org (we might feature your story in the NICA News or social media!)
Putting on your advocacy hat and becoming a Teen Trail Captain!

NICA Leadership comes to Colorado!

This month, NICA leaders will gather at the 2016 NICA Conference. This benchmark event would not take place without the following sponsors springing into action: Town of Eagle, Eagle Outside, People for Bikes, Podiumwear, TeamSnap, Athletic Event Supply, Bike Flights, The Dusty Boot, and simpatiCOWORKING.

While this event is closed to the public, you can participate via live videos and chats that will be posted during the conference. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get in on all the action!

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Enter for Just $1

You may ride away with a 2016 Pivot Mach 429 Trail & CamelBak gear

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All proceeds benefit NICA

We're excited to announce that Pivot Cycles, Camelbak and TASCO MTB have partnered to launch an amazing charity effort, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to NICA.

These funds will go a long way to grow interscholastic cycling by launching and supporting new middle school and high school mountain bike leagues, training coaches and connecting the NICA community through events, both on the ground and online!

During the next week, you have the chance to add this shiny new Pivot Mach 429 Trail mountain bike to your stable for only a buck. Yes, you heard us. Only a buck! Plus, that money will be put to good use, as 100% of the proceeds are going to such a great cause!

Enter the sweepstakes here

This promotion ends June 18th at midnight.

All product orders from TASCO MTB during this promotion will receive free shipping and complimentary raffle tickets. Start shopping now and use the code “B4B” at checkout.

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Benefits of Youth Cycling Programs

Guest Post By: Melissa Davidson

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Credit: Rick LaBelle

In this guest blog post, Melissa defines 5 advantages of youth mountain biking programs: self-confidence, friendships, mentorship, exposure to new experiences, and attainment of a lifelong hobby.

Read the post here.

Melissa Davidson is a freelance writer, avid cyclist, and endurance athlete, based in Boise, Idaho.
She can be found on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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New York League Director, Jason Cairo

Meet The Spring League Directors: Jason Cairo, New York League

Jason has directed the New York League since 2012. We caught up with him to find out what drives & motivates him.

"Each spring I get pumped- up knowing that in a short time students will be enjoying & testing their limits on their bikes, I can't wait to see your growth."

Read more

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Click image to see who the new hero of cycling is!

Have You Heard the News?

We're happy to announce the addition of two members to the NICA Board of Directors, and recognition from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and Bicycling proclaiming NICA's ED as one of the "new heroes of cycling". Read about it here!

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Raise Funds. Create Awareness. Join the Movement!

GRIT – a word that so accurately describes some people with heart and tenacity. For the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, it embodies the struggle of so many patients, families, survivors and caregivers as they navigate a cancer diagnosis journey.

JWCF has launched Show Your Grit, a fundraising and awareness campaign to attract, engage and retain a new generation of John Wayne cancer fighters, and we need your help.

We challenge you and your extended network to get involved create awareness, raise funds, show support and join the John Wayne movement in the fight against cancer.

How do you do this? It's simple:

Put on your cowboy hat, bandana or best GRIT face, take a selfie and post it in honor of John Wayne or someone you know who has battled cancer. Use our hashtag, #ShowYourGrit and challenge your friends to do the same. Keep sharing and posting to join the John Wayne movement.
Go to johnwayne.org to donate to the campaign.
On June 19th, Father's Day, plan to honor someone in your life -- just as the Wayne family children have honored their father -- by taking them to a special screening of True Grit. Find a location at johnwayne.org/tickets.

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Epic Rides - Carson City Off-Road

Join us on June 17-19 and cheer for NICA during the upcoming Carson City Off-Road! Three staff members from the national office will be participating in this stellar event!

Will you be in attendance? Make sure to stop by the Nevada League’s table to say hello and purchase a CamelBak bottle. Your contribution will help get more Nevada teenagers on bikes for their upcoming season!

Epic Rides has become world famous for producing events that celebrate the many positive aspects of mountain biking. Events such as the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center, Tour of the White Mountains, the Whiskey Off-Road, the Grand Junction Off-Road and the newly announced Carson City Off-Road are popular with participants because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and health benefits inherent in the sport. See you there!

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The National Bike Challenge is Back!

Will you rise to ride for the occasion?

The 2016 National Bike Challenge started May 1 and runs through the end of the summer!

It's not too late to join in. Go to nationalbikechallenge.org to sign up for free.

The Challenge unites tens of thousands of riders across the country who all share a love of riding bikes. You can compete as an individual or sign up your workplace to ride as a group.

Join in and compete against your friends and coworkers, reach your personal goals, and be part of the biggest group ride ever.

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