NICA-News-2020- 2
 

President's Note

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The Alabama League hosted an evening adventure ride - lights required of course! Photo: Chris Castor

While many of us are still digging out from winter storms - the 2020 NICA season is well underway with the Texas League kicking off their season the last weekend in January, the Alabama League’s first weekend event was late February and we are excited to see the Florida League launch and the Nevada South Region start their second season this coming weekend.

Visiting our many leagues and communities is giving me a great opportunity to connect with coaches, parents, student-athletes and volunteers, and gain a better understanding of the individuals that make up the NICA community. It has been extremely energizing to see that our community is reflective of our values - a community of people who are fun, inclusive, and respectful.

As we celebrate African American History Month in February, I’d like to focus on our values of inclusivity, equity and the individuals who exemplify those values. NICA’s values of inclusivity, where everyone is welcomed, respected and supported, and equity, for which we are committed to fair treatment, equal access, and opportunity is creating a community that strives to welcome and encourage participation by all. Later on we’ll introduce you to the Richmond Cycling Corps - a cycling program for urban youth in Richmond, Virginia that uses the bike as a tool to enact social change. The team did not participate in races at first, but upon connecting with our Virginia League they have become an integral part of that league’s community.

NICA events and programs are more than racing and training - they serve to create communities and foster environments that are for anyone who wants to experience the joy of riding a mountain bike where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate. As we continue to grow across the country, I look forward to seeing our values not just evident at NICA events, but also ingrained in the broad community of which NICA is an integral part.

Best Regards,
Steve

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What's New Across America

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Texas League student-athletes excited to start their season. Photo: Steve Morton

Spring Season Kickoff

Spring race season is here! Texas kicked off the 2020 NICA season January 26th at the Tangle in Troy with nearly 550 student-athletes participating. Alabama started their season with a Prologue Time Trial at the Black Creek Trails on February 23rd and we are looking to the Florida League’s Inaugural Race on February 29th as well as the Nevada League’s South Region starting their second season on February 29th as well.

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Start your Adventure this Spring

NICA Adventure events are ramping up for our Spring Leagues. Find out what is Beyond the Racecourse with an adventure ride during a race weekend or take on a fun-filled Adventure weekend. Curious as to how to get involved? Email NICA Adventure Program Manager - Melissa Davies at -melissa@nationalmtb.org for more details.

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Richmond Cycling Corps Student-Athlete DeMonte Cosby after a NICA race. Photo: Matt Kuhn

Can't Stop. Won't Stop. Richmond Cycling Corps

In celebration of African American History Month - we caught up with Matt Kuhn, Director of the Richmond Cycling Corps to learn more about the program and how the Richmond Cycling Corps is changing lives and empowering Richmond Virginia’s urban youth through cycling. Read more HERE.

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Student-athletes prepare to start a race in Idaho. Photo: Adam Haynes

NICA Economic Impact Survey

Help us show NICA’s impact!
You know how much impact mountain biking has on your community, now we need your input to show the data behind the impact! We are continuing our partnership with PeopleforBikes to study the economic impact NICA Events have on the communities that host them. Please take 5 minutes after each race weekend to CLICK HERE and complete a short survey about the weekend’s event. Your participation is greatly appreciated and is providing your league valuable data to help promote mountain biking in your community!

CLICK HERE for SURVEY!

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Ricardo Mejia and Kristine Urrutia, Enjoying the FrostBike Stoke.

NICA Attends FrostBike

In early February NICA was invited to attend FrostBike, Quality Bicycle Product’s (QBP) annual dealer and partner event in Denver, Colorado. NICA President, Steve Matous, Vice President of Development and Partnerships, Kristine Urritia, Partnerships Coordinator, Ricardo Mejia and Development Manager, Nic Sims were in attendance. Throughout the conference the team met with industry professionals, bike shop owners, and members of the NICA community.

Thank you to those who attended and shared their NICA experience with us. It was so awesome to hear stories of the NICA magic happening in communities throughout the U.S. Lastly THANK YOU to QBP for the invitation and hospitality, we were super stoked to be invited!

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The Wisconsin League is ready to race! Photo: Mark Kern

Trek Discount Program for NICA Student-Athletes

Trek is committed to helping NICA get #morekidsonbikes! Through a network of generous Trek retailers, NICA student-athletes can get great discounts on select Trek mountain bikes and Bontrager gear. Click HERE to find your local participating Trek retailer, then reach out to learn about the sweet deals. You’ll need to be a registered NICA athlete, and you’ll have to provide your PitZone ID at the time of purchase.

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Yakima's Upright Revolution

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Rock the Podium with a Podiumwear Leaders Jersey!

Podiumwear Custom Apparel is a proud national sponsor of NICA and is excited to work with many of our leagues to create fun, unique custom leaders jerseys each season! Check out what the points leaders in Florida, North Carolina New York and New Jersey will be rocking this spring! Made in Minnesota, USA - Podiumwear has an in-house design team that will work with your team or league to create your dream kit! Visit their NICA team page HERE to get special team pricing today!

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Club Ride Pro Purchase Program for NICA

Club Ride Apparel is excited to extend their new Pro Purchase Program to NICA student-athletes and their families! NICA student-athletes and their families are now eligible for 25% off Club Ride gear! To get started - click HERE. You will need to submit a copy of your Rider license (Found in PitZone) and Team Name with your application.

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NICA in Your Neighborhood

Check out what's happening across our 31 Leagues this spring!

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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During a monthly Ladies Ride the @berkeleyhsmtb Lady Jackets practice skills with Coaches Nick and Elise! Photo: Jess Mast

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The Florida League's trailer is looking rad and ready to rock their inaugural season!

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Throwback to the 2019 Utah State Championships and student-athlete Dalton Hooley riding strong for Orem High School. Photo: Angie Hooley

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Muddy trails didn't put a damper on a North Carolina League Wake County Girls Ride - student-athletes enjoyed a gravel and dirt ride with friends! Photo: @paulasmithfitness

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SoCal League student-athletes Teammates outside enjoying a beautiful sunset by bike.

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