Executive Director's Note Why is my smile so big while climbing in the cold early morning just after the start of Rebecca's Private Idaho last week?


Executive Director's Note

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All smiles as NICA continues to grow! Photo credit: www.lindaguerrettephotography.com

Why is my smile so big while climbing in the cold early morning just after the start of Rebecca's Private Idaho last week? ...Well, with the start of school, NICA has more families engaged in cycling-related activities this fall than ever before and I can barely contain my excitement as we quickly approach 10,000 participating student-athletes working with an ever growing army of licensed coaches. NICA is now operating in 18 states across America and the positive impacts to those involved and the communities in which interscholastic cycling is occurring is significant.

I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter and I encourage you to join us on social media (@nationalMTB) to catch behind the scenes action from various leagues and NICA staff travel.

Also, to celebrate the start of fall season racing, we're offering 20% off all NICA merchandise this month! Use "NICA_20%_Sale" at check-out from the NICA Store.

Thanks for your continued support and involvement, Austin McInerny


The Nevada League is First Out of the Gate

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Doug Bedient, Nevada League Director leads every wave at the inaugural race with a full flag charge! Photo credit: Stacey F. Herhusky

The NICA class of 2016-'17 consists of five new leagues with Nevada, Pennsylvania and Arkansas holding their inaugural races this fall and North Carolina and New Jersey racing next spring. This represents a monumental effort to expand NICA's reach from 14 to 19 regions in a relatively short period of time! Huge congratulations to Nevada League Executive Director Doug Bedient and the nearly 225 student-athletes and coaches presently participating in the Nevada League!

Please find the Nevada race report here, and stay tuned for an update next month on the outcomes from fall season activities across the country, which includes racing in 12 leagues and coach training in seven leagues! Race Reports from early fall season racing are also available from Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin.


September's Point of View: Jamae


Every few months we tell a story from within our NICA family that exemplifies the meaningful impact our programs have for all involved. We want to hear your stories!

Send us an email at content@nationalmtb.org with the subject: “Point of View”.

This month's story comes from Jamae, from the NorCal League's Folsom Bulldogs team. She talks about the perks of a small team, and some insight as to how NICA's programs have helped her high school's Academic Decathlon team. Read More.


Back to School Blog!

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Days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to turn beautiful shades of red and gold. Summer is ending and Fall is right around the corner. For some, this means less time spent on the bike and outdoors - but for others, this means hunting for the best back to school sales. Read More.


Trek Shares How to Choose the Best Kids' Bike

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The start of school shouldn't mean the end of fun. As you're outfitting your little ripper with new kicks, a backpack, and all the markers and notebooks to fill it with, remember to stock up on the stuff that will keep them smiling outside of the classroom too.

Not sure about the size or style bike your kid should be riding? We've created a simple guide to help you make their early riding experiences as memorable as yours.

See The Guide.


Partner Spotlight: Feedback Sports

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Be sure to check out the Feedback Sports blog and follow them on social media for some really cool (and fun!) stories. Here's an excerpt from one of their recent blog posts:

"A professional World Tour team brings around 50 bikes to the Tour de France. Reliable equipment and mechanics is a must for any successful team. We provide the equipment, but the mechanics provide their top-notch skills. Our 3rd and final segment of “Unsung Heroes of the Tour” focuses on Trek-Segafredo’s head TdF mechanic: Kenneth Van de Wiele.

You may have caught Kenneth in this recent Wall Street Journal video: “How to Fix a Bicycle From a Moving Car“. He explains what it’s like maintaining a bike at 40+mph. You know. Just an average “day in the life” of a professional World Tour mechanic. See more about Kenneth in the Q/A below!"

Read the entire post.

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This same focus was utilized when developing their award-winning, portable bicycle work stands, trainer and tools. Whether it’s measurement, storage, maintenance or training, Feedback Sports has you covered.

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