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Back on (Single) Track

Dear Riders,

This week, leaders around the state attended a Positive Coaching Alliance workshop on developing a positive coaching culture in which students of all abilities and performance levels can thrive and grow as athletes and as people.

Our culture is what makes us different from other youth sports. We value competition and winning, but we're about so much more than that. We're a youth-development organization, and mountain biking is the vehicle for all the life lessons that can be learned from sports. Every decision we make—at the national, league, team, and individual level—should align with the following shared principles:

MISSION: We build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling.

VISION: Every youth is empowered to be part of a thriving and engaged cycling community.

VALUES: Fun, Inclusivity, Equity, Respect, and Community.

We don't think of ourselves as a racing organization, but rather a mountain-bike community. Racing is a celebrated part of our culture, but anyone who sees winning as our primary objective is missing the point. As we've said before, a bicycle is a vehicle for so much more than a ride.

In this and future newsletters, we'd like to profile "Roll Models" whose attitude and actions exemplify one of our core values. If you know of someone we should feature, please let us know! To nominate a Roll Model, email

Ride on!

Eddie and the IICL Team

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Race Season Updates

* We'll be returning to regular mass-start races this fall. (As in the past, the first race of the season will be a time trial for all middle school racers and then mass start races the rest of the season.)

* Race registration will open July 1. Look for a special announcement in late June.

* Each team will attend five of the six races. All teams attend the first and last race. Check with your team director to find out which race your team is skipping.

* The IICL rule book is under revision and will be available in July.

* Important rule changes: Several rule changes have been approved by our Rules Committee based on feedback from team directors and head coaches. Rule changes will impact category placement for high school racers and the way in which the State Champion is determined. Questions? Ask your team director.


ROLL MODEL: Darcie Bushee

Darcie Bushee

Meet Darcie Bushee, a member of Timberline High School's Class of 2021. When she joined the mountain-bike team in 2017 as a freshman, she didn't even own a bike. A true beginner, she had trouble riding down the trail in a straight line, according to coach Dru Nakaya, who recalled that at first she was "wobbly and a little scared—but she loved it!"

Two years later, Darcie was wearing the Leader's Jersey—and earning top grades.

DarcieBushee Headshot

Always smiling, always positive, she grew into a natural leader on her team. Now, as she graduates and prepares to study aeronautical engineering at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Darcie has realized NICA's mission of building strong minds, bodies, character and community through cycling.

This month, Darcie was named one of four recipients of the Sparkle On Scholarship, which recognizes graduating NICA student-athletes who have demonstrated academic and athletic excellence and who plan to attend college and continue racing mountain bikes. Each recipient will receive a monetary award of $10,000, a SCOTT mountain bike, mentoring from NICA alum and 2018 UCI XC mountain bike champion, Kate Courtney during the first year of college, and career mentoring through SRAM.

"Taking scrapes, bruises, and crashes on the trail is much like approaching the trials of life," Darcie says. "Mountain biking has shown me that even when I fall I have to recover, continue to train, and continue to compete and this mindset that mountain biking has instilled in me will help me throughout the rest of my life."

We asked Darcie what advice she would share with riders new to mountain biking. Here's what she said:

"Approach the sport as if you always have something to learn and never something to prove."

Darcie, you make us all proud! Best of luck in your racing and college career. We can't wait to see the next generation of "roll models" to follow in your singletrack.


Camps are filling up. Register soon to guarantee your spot.

June 28: Jug Mountain Ranch, McCall


GRiT: 16 Spots Remaining

Teen Trail Corps: 18 Spots Remaining

July 1: Bogus Basin Resort, Boise


GRiT: 19 Spots Remaining

Teen Trail Corps: Combined with Adventure

July 20: Grand Targhee Resort, Driggs


GRiT: 4 Spots Remaining

Teen Trail Corps: Combined with Adventure

July 23: Galena Lodge, Sun Valley



Teen Trail Corps: 1 Spot Remaining

Registration and waitlist sign up for day camps completed in Pit Zone. Questions? Email Matt Galyardt:


Next up:

June 23: GRiT Bike Maintenance, 6-7:30 PM at Fitzgerald's (Victor)

June 30: GRiT Coaches ONLY Bike Maintenance Clinic (Nampa)

More information can be found on the IICL Event Calendar

Want to host a GRiT event in your area? Email Yadi Spangenberg:



We want to congratulate our graduating seniors, who missed their final race season last fall and will be missed in many seasons to come. Many of these student-athletes have been racing in the IICL for years, and we want to acknowledge and celebrate their great accomplishment and commitment. These young adults are the living legacy of our mission, vision, and values!


Cody Wyman - Canyon County Composite Cycling

Daniel Boggess - Magic Valley Composite


Oliver Anderson - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Kade Bolen - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Daniel Miller - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Aiden Neeser - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Connor Peterman - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Josh Blaisdell - Centennial High School

Kaden Keetch - Centennial High School

William Brayden Smith - Centennial High School

Annika Peacock - Jackson Hole Composite

Ketti Christensen - Madison High School

Emma Hurst - Madison High School

Isaac Wood - Madison High School

Olivia Bingaman - McCall Area Composite Mountain Bike Team

Thomas Jones - McCall Area Composite Mountain Bike Team

Isaac Speirs - McCall Area Composite Mountain Bike Team

Mason Klingler - Rigby High School

Gus Downey - Sage International School

Luke Downey - Sage International School

Clay Moore - Sage International School

Arden Jacoby - Teton Valley Composite


Amelie Bradley - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Kai Chandler-Younce - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Rylee Taylor - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Bryson Gowers - Canyon County Composite Cycling

Mason Tuft - Canyon County Composite Cycling

Alexis Bohren - Centennial High School

Caleb Lathrop - Centennial High School

Colton Reid - Centennial High School

John Thomas Melia - Eagle High School

Clay Hill - Magic Valley Composite

Riggins Viehweg - Middleton Vikings

Ben Zumwalt - Middleton Vikings

Nathan Fackrell - Rigby High School

Dane Adams - Sage International School

Elizabeth Mann - Teton Valley Composite

Darcie Bushee - Timberline High School

Zane Lyon - Wood River High School

Elias Svennungsen - Wood River High School


Byron Jordan - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Ethan Lester - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Jeremy Webster - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Dante Marinelli - Capital High School

Megan Gerard - Eagle High School

Cameron Abercrombie - Eagle High School

Jake Davies - Eagle High School

Jakob Owen - Eagle High School

Samantha Scott - Eagle High School

Michael Lunt - Highland High School

Mattie Wilson - Highland High School

Max Dunlop - Jackson Hole Composite

Daniel Ellsworth - Madison High School

Tucker Staley - Magic Valley Composite

Victoria Horrocks - Pocatello Pioneers Composite

Joe Palaia - Sage International School

Lukas Crockett - The Ambrose School

Sebastian Hanks - Wood River High School

Ramsey Marquis - Wood River High School 3


James Faull - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Challis Holloway - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Sidney Poly - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Allyson Selander - Boise Brave Mountain Bike Team

Hayden Fonnesbeck - Centennial High School

Parker Williams - Centennial High School

Colton Petzinger - Eagle High School

Landry Vereecken - Highland High School

Jacob Parkinson - Madison High School

Lintereur Eva - The Ambrose School

Hailey Bybee - Thunder Ridge Composite


Aidan Scanlan - Bishop Kelly High School

Zachary Rojas - Borah High School

Andrew Blad - Centennial High School

Brandon Ford - Eagle High School

Mitchell Mescher - Eagle High School

Ava Worbets - Eagle High School

Michael McHugh - Highland High School

Tayla Liddle - Idaho Falls Composite

Connor Smith - Idaho Falls Composite

Alex Acquistapace - Twin Falls High School


Club Ride Jerseys

Just in time for summer, the New West short-sleeve jersey in blue plaid is equally at home on the trail and your favorite post-ride taco spot. A blend of 95% poly and 5% spandex, this material has a two-way stretch that will move with you in low-look-lean corners. Yours for a cool $60.

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