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President's Note

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NICA President Austin McInerny catches up with Minnesota student-athletes Chihiro and Ian at Frostbike. Chihiro and Ian organized a mountain bike race during a school half-time show last fall. Photo: @cheeriosmtb

We’re thrilled to see another season of NICA races across the country off to a strong start! Texas, NorCal and SoCal Leagues kicked-off the NICA spring season with record-setting numbers of student-athletes participating. Earlier this month, we were excited to see the Nevada League’s Southern Region begin its inaugural season at Spicer Ranch while the North Carolina League hosted its first adventure day at Brumley Nature Preserve; 2019 is looking to be another great year for getting #morekidsonbikes!

NICA extends our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Vance and Brandi McMurray, who are stepping down after directing the Texas League for the past eight years. Vance and Brandi were instrumental in bringing interscholastic cycling to Texas and they will be greatly missed.

Last week, my colleagues and I attended Frostbike held at Quality Bike Products’ (QBP) headquarters in frozen Bloomington, Minnesota. It was great to connect with Minnesota League NICA student-athletes and licensed coaches and hear first-hand how NICA is impacting their lives on and off the bike. During this past fall season, two Minnesota student-athletes, Chihiro Gustafson and Ian Hase set up a mountain bike race during halftime at a school football game - you can watch the race HERE!

Thank you to Seth Nesselhuf, QBP’s Director of Community and Sustainability for organizing the annual FrostBike auction, which benefited NICA. Likewise, a sincere thank you to all the great bike companies who donated to the auction and to all who bid and purchased items! Act quickly as we’re auctioning on eBay a very special Ritchey Commando bicycle frame/fork hand-built by Tom Ritchey himself and a super nice DT Swiss wheel-set and bidding closes a week from now.

Please enjoy this month’s newsletter and continue to ride!

With gratitude,

Austin

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What's New Across America

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Student-athletes enjoying the new trails at North Bend State Park. Photo: Kyle Mandler

West Virginia Partners with State Parks to Develop NICA-Approved Trails

As they approached their inaugural season in the Fall of 2018, the West Virginia League partnered with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources to develop new NICA-Approved trails at a race venue. Read all about it HERE.

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Course Marshals briefing before the first Southern Nevada Race. Photo: Jerel Wilson

Spring Guild Update

Our event production guild program continues to grow. This spring 97 new guild members were welcomed to the program. New for 2019 is the NICA Guild Forum where guild members are able to ask questions, get clarification and problem solve. Each guild also collaborated during their meetings to develop a race weekend checklist to ensure quality risk management at every race. For questions about NICA guilds - email Jerel@nationalmtb.org

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Kevin and student-athletes on his summer bike tour.

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Introducing Youth of Color in North Carolina to Cycling

In North Carolina's Triangle region, Kevin Hicks is on a mission to get #morekidsonbikes. Kevin volunteers his time as Communications Director for the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League and also runs his own nonprofit, TriangleBikeWorks, which focuses on youth leadership. Their flagship program, Spoke'n Revolutions Youth Cycling provides cycling adventures for youth of color that promote teamwork, strengthens communication, deepens interpersonal responsibility and compassion, and heightens sensitivity to the natural environment.

Catch up with Kevin HERE to learn more about his program and the work he's doing to introduce more youth of color to the cycling community.

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Auction to Support NICA and get #morekidsonbikes

As part of the auction benefiting NICA at Frostbike this year, we're offering a special item to the nationwide community via eBay. You can bid now on a special hand-built Ritchey Commando frame and fork and an awesome DT Swiss XMC Spline Wheel-set. These lightweight carbon rims are tubeless-ready, and the SPLINE hub is the lightest ever built by DT Swiss. Act fast as the auction ends this week!

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Photo: Trek Bikes

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.

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Sea Otter Registration Discount

Planning to attend this year's Sea Otter Classic April 11-14 in Monterey, California? Register by April 7, 2019 with code “NICA20” to receive a 20% discount on all events!

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Welcome and Thank You to our 2019 Booster Club Member

Thank you to our 2019 Corporate Booster Club Members. Our NICA Corporate Booster Club Members support NICA’s mission through donations, in-kind gifts and proceeds of product sales.

We invite you to check out our sponsors websites and give them a "Like" or "Follow" on social media! For more information on NICA's Corporate Booster Club Program please click HERE.

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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 media@nationalmtb.org 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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Santa Clarita MTB's Jenna Miller having fun at a SoCal League Race. Photo:Jeanette Swett

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Middleton Vikings Coach Mike proud of one of his student-athletes for making the podium at an Idaho League Race. Photo: Robert Ubry

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North State Composite Riders Taylor and Aliyah getting ready for their first NorCal League race! Photo: @northstatemtb

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Crisp, but beautiful start to the SoCal season for the East Lake Mountain Bike Team! Photo: @cvbikemom63

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Great #NICAProTip from the North Wake Trailhawks of the North Carolina League - make sure your chain is properly lubed before your next race! Photo: @nwtrailhawks

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The Tam MTB girls are hyped for their NorCal season to start. Photo: @tamgirlsmtb

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