Executive Director's Note Seeing these young ladies smile moments before the start of their race in the Texas League this past month left me incredib

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Pre-race jitters in Texas? Not here! “We got this!”

Executive Director's Note

Seeing these young ladies smile moments before the start of their race in the Texas League this past month left me incredibly proud of what NICA licensed coaches across the country are making possible. With our spring leagues in California, Alabama, Texas and New York underway, and fall leagues conducting their coach trainings and planning for their upcoming season, NICA is busier than ever – and the positive impacts in the communities we serve are spreading. NICA is leading a renaissance in American cycling that is producing caring, competent and passionate young adults who are poised to achieve greatness. And there is more to come....

I hope you will review this entire issue as there are some incredible offers, including a chance to win a college scholarship and a new Trek bike, as well as fun stories. If interested, click here to read more of my observations from this past month's efforts to get #morekidsonbikes.

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Auburn High celebrating their win at the first race of the 2016 Alabama League season. Photo Credit: Randy Webb

What's New Across NICA?

Spring racing and fall league coach leader's summits are in full swing!

Nearly 3,000 student-athletes from over 200 schools across NICA's NorCal, SoCal, Texas, New York and Alabama Spring Leagues are all competing now and will complete their season by mid-May. Gearing up for their seasons, 12 (yes, 12!) Fall leagues are hosting Leaders’ Summits. Check it out here.


NICA Educational Partners Offer Essay Scholarship!

NICA is pleased to announce the 2015-'16 Educational Partners $500 scholarship essay contest. This scholarship provides $500 to a graduating female and male student-athlete who participated in the Fall 2015 season, as well as $500 to a graduating female and male student-athlete who participated in the Spring 2016 season. That’s four awards for the 2015-'16 academic year!

We thank Lees-McRae College, Fort Lewis College, King University and Prescott College for their partnership and for this opportunity. If you are a graduating student who completed the Fall 2015 racing season or are currently in the Spring 2016 season, heading to college in the fall, and are graduating with a 3.5 GPA or above, please find the application details here.

All submissions must be received by May 15th, 2016.

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SoCal's Associate League Director, Brandon La Rue feeds a team mascot

Meet The Spring League Directors: Brandon La Rue, SoCal League

The 2016 season is in full swing and we are bringing you behind the scenes with each League’s Director!

Read Brandon's interview here.


Win a Trek Fuel EX 29 and Get Kids Stoked On Mountain Biking

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Yeah, that’s right: you get a shot at winning a blazing fast, extra awesome Trek Fuel EX 29 trail bike, and all you have to do is kick some cash toward supporting the next generation of little rippers coming up through NICA.

Details can found here, but the short version is this: Every $5 donated gets you a shot at the bike. Just go here to donate and enter Pinkbike in the referral-by field of the donation form. Act NOW as offer ends April 15 (winner will be announced shortly thereafter).

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Follow Cody on IG: @codymphillips (Photo credit: Sean McCoy)

April’s Point Of View: Cody Gets NICA'd!

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 Cody Phillips. Cody started racing in the SoCal League, then went to college at Lees McRae College under a cycling scholarship. Cody has raced pro enduro and is now settled back in SoCal, where he gives back to the current generation of NICA student-athletes.

Read April's Point of View here.


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We want to help you save money! Use promo code “SpringCl@ssicFlash16” upon checkout for discounted registration fees. Read about the Spring Classic here. Is Morgan Hill, California too far away for you? Don't fret! Bicycling will be hosting a Fall Classic later this year in Pennsylvania! Hope to see you there!

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