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President's Note

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The feeling of having given it your all is empowering! (Click image to see more photos from largest NICA race ever held)

With the holidays upon us and the fall NICA league season wrapping-up, I have been reflecting on the amazing successes of those involved in helping make NICA the fastest growing youth cycling program in America. Over the past few months, I have been fortunate to spend time with NICA coaches, parents, volunteers, and current, past and aspiring student-athletes in many states across America. While the physical terrain, weather, and demographics vary widely across our participating regions, I can tell you confidently that the STOKE level amongst all involved is incredibly high!

Standing in the Utah League's State Championship race finish chute watching as 1,425 student-athletes completed their effort brought tears to my eyes. The raw emotion being expressed by those that had just given it their all and for a few who ran their broken bikes some distance to be received by screaming spectators, friends and family was intense. Irrespective of the finishing place, all NICA student-athletes were congratulated and respected for their efforts. No students sat on a bench as their teammates participated and spectators cheered for all riders even those from other teams. This situation was the same across all NICA leagues this fall and I look forward to witnessing similar scenes during the upcoming spring season which is getting underway now.

NICA is building communities across America that care for one another and who work together to allow every participating individual to contribute and play a meaningful role in a wide variety of ways that all help strengthen unity, compassion and sense of purpose. To help us expand our services and programs aimed at getting #MoreKidsOnBikes and #MoreCoachesOnBikes, I ask that you please consider becoming a NICA Sustainer during our Share the Ride Campaign. You may opt to contribute to a particular NICA league directly and/or donate to NICA National to fund the growth and expansion of our efforts. Those becoming NICA Sustainers will be entered into a drawing for an amazing bike trip with the incredible folks at Western Spirit Cycling Adventures and all that contribute at any level will be helping us continue towards achieving our mission of allowing every American teenager the opportunity to experience cycling under the mentorship of a trained coach.

In gratitude, Austin McInerny

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What's New Across America?

New Leagues Announced!

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We recently announced the addition of two new leagues into the NICA family, West Virginia and Maryland. We’re excited to see such a great group of people come together to begin developing a NICA presence in their region and continue to expand our programming on the East Coast. Both leagues have already dove into training and are ramping up for amazing inaugural seasons.

To learn more about how to get involved in these new leagues, click either Maryland and/or West Virginia. It is because of our continued community support that we are able to expand into new regions.

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NICA Awards Nominations Due Soon!

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Photo credit: Karl Nielson

Which outstanding student-athletes, coaches, and volunteers from your league should be recognized? Don’t miss out, the deadline for nominations is quickly approaching! Review the award categories here.

To submit a nomination, please complete this form.

Nominations are due December 15, 2017

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Educational Partners

Applying To Colleges? Don't Forget About NICA’s Educational Partners!

Are you (or a student-athlete that you know) starting to look at potential colleges? The schools presented here provide both excellent academic and cycling opportunities for student-athletes looking to continue competitive cycling while pursuing their higher education. These schools are also financially supporting the growth of interscholastic cycling:

▪ Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina
▪ Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona
▪ King University, Bristol, Tennessee
▪ Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado
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Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona
King University, Bristol, Tennessee
Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

For more information on NICA’s Educational Partners, click here.

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November's Point of View: The Ricci Family

Every few months we like to tell a story from within our NICA family that exemplifies the meaningful impact our programs have for all involved.

This month's story comes from the Ricci family, of the NorCal League.

Read more here!

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BikeFlights presents NICA with a check for $2,500 at Interbike

Partner Recognition: BikeFlights

Bikeflights.com has been a continuing supporter of NICA and the biking community for a number of years now, and we’re happy to see (and experience) that their Buck Up for Bikes program is coming along strong! The program helps raise money for NICA as well as the Amy D. Foundation, Little Bellas, and Trips for Kids.

Buck Up for Bikes is supported by BikeFlights.com customers who have the option upon checkout to donate $1 to one of the aforementioned nonprofit cycling organizations. BikeFlights.com then covers all the processing and administrative fees so that 100% of the donations go directly to their respective organizations.

In September, BikeFlights.com presented a total of $10,000 that was raised through the Buck Up for Bikes program for each respective organization. Since establishing the program in 2016, BikeFlights.com has raised $18,038! NICA has been appreciative of all the support from BikeFlights.com and it’s customers.

Austin McInerny, NICA’s executive director stated “I am grateful and proud of the way cyclists have come forward, from leaders like BikeFlights.com to casual riders, to support today’s youth and the future of cycling in the USA. Our ability to meet the growing demand for interscholastic cycling will be met in years to come by creative programs like Buck Up for Bikes. Simply put, this is about cyclists supporting the growth of the sport in America.”

To read more about BikeFlights.com and the Buck Up for Bikes program click here.

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Sponsor Recognition: Trek & Bontrager

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Outreach Efforts at the 2017 UCI Trek Cyclocross World Cup

NICA and the Wisconsin League joined forces with fellow non-profits, People for Bikes and IMBA, to represent the bicycle industry's advocacy leaders at the 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin on September 22-24th. The four-pack teamed up on a fundraiser benefiting the Wisconsin League, featuring a series of raffle prizes and a SPIN to WIN wheel. Even Jens Voigt and Trek's CEO John Burke showed up to spin and win prizes! A brand new Trek Procaliber 8 mountain bike was the raffle grand prize with assorted Bontrager gear and swag provided throughout the weekend. The winning ticket belonging to Leif Ehrke was picked by the one and only Gary Fisher as the racing came to an end on Sunday evening.

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Hannah mixing it up with the World's top racers!

A highlight of the weekend was cheering on SoCal League alumna, Hannah Rae Finchamp. Hannah was the SoCal Varsity Champ ('12, '13, and '14) and is now racing for Team CLIF Bar against the top pro cross racers in the world, including the World Champion Sanne Cant from Belgium. Read all about the women's super competitive race here and check-out the speed and grace of the Dutch & Belgian cross royalty here.

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Even NICA President, Austin McInerny, got in on the Legend’s race action on a sweet loaner Trek Crockett bike and in vintage NICA Phys Ed Class ensemble to finish 9th in a 80+ strong field including Jens Voigt (sans costume), and Gary Fisher in full Roman gladiator gear! Post race, Austin reflected, "Starting directly behind Fisher and next to a Land Shark and Banana far back in the field made the chase into the top 10 a full effort. Thankfully, riding with NICA student-athletes keeps my game somewhat on!"

Trek Assembly Technician 101 Course

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Building on the wonderful experience had by those participating last summer, Trek is partnering again with NICA to offer a technician training course exclusive to NICA student-athletes at Trek’s headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin. This course will cover bike parts and assembly all the way up to safety check and test ride procedures.

This 3-day training course will allow NICA student-athletes to learn from masters with over 35+ years of experience, while also providing a unique, hands on experience for aspiring or amateur technicians. In addition to learning technical skills, attendees will be able to tour the Trek OCLV facilities and the Trek Test Lab.

"It was great and I learned a lot about basic bike maintenance and service. The class really helped my resume for shop applications, and I was able to land a job in a local bike shop the week after graduating." - Nico Johnson (SoCal League)

Trek trails will also be open and attendees will be provided with a bike during their stay. There are three opportunities to take this course:

▪ June 11 – 13, 2018: Co-ed student-athlete or coach
▪ July 9 – 11, 2018: Female only student-athlete or female coach
▪ July 23 – 25, 2018: Co-ed student-athlete or coach
June 11 – 13, 2018: Co-ed student-athlete or coach
July 9 – 11, 2018: Female only student-athlete or female coach
July 23 – 25, 2018: Co-ed student-athlete or coach

This program is exclusive to all NICA student-athletes alumni and coaches and the registration is now open, so don’t wait to sign up! Review the course curriculum here, or jump straight to register here.

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Support NICA with your Tire Selection

Trek and participating Trek retailers each donate $1 from the sale of every Bontrager mountain bike tire to NICA. Ask your local Bontrager tire retailers if they participate in Trek’s Advocacy Double Down program & your tire purchase can have double the impact on getting #MoreKidsOnBikes. Click here to find your local Trek retailer.

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How Does Your City Rate?

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Take the PlacesForBikes 2017 Community Survey today and get entered to win great prizes from Trek and PeopleForBikes. Everyone can participate regardless of where, how or why they ride. Your feedback will help determine your city or town’s score in the new PlacesForBikes rating system coming May 2018.

We also want to hear from your family, friends and colleagues, so please share this far and wide. The survey closes on December 8th.

Together we can make bicycling better!

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Let's Get Social with NICA

Here are a few snapshots of what's happening with NICA Leagues and Teams across the country. Want to see your photo featured or have a helpful tip for the NICA community? Tag @nationalmtb and #morekidsonbikes and you might see your photo in the next NICA News!

@nationalmtb - "NICA's President Austin McInerny recently caught up with Hanna Mork during the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup at Trek Bicycle. Hannah tells us a little bit about what it's like to be a student-athlete in the Wisconsin High School Cycling League."

@utahhsmtb - "2017 Season in the books! And we can rightfully say it has been the best season yet! Thank you to our fabulous 1200+ coaches, 3000+ student-athletes, parents, volunteers and sponsors of the organization for creating Utah's fastest growing high-school sport a reality! @selective_vision_ #utahhsmtb #morekidsonbikes"

@nationalmtb - "With Fall's race season behind us & and the holidays coming up, we'd like to take a moment and congratulate everyone on a great 2017 season!"

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@georgiamtbleague - "That face you make when you get to judge the cook-off. Huge thank you to NICA President Austin McInerny and 2003 Super Bowl Champion Brad Johnson for being the best judges!"

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@richmondcomposite - "SWITCHBACKS! We’ve got just a few slots left for our last Fun Ride."

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@mikefrankgarry - "Awesome banquet tonight to celebrate the 2017 MTB season. First 10 varsity letters for mountain biking in @madisonwestregents history."

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