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President's Note

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League Core Race Staff and parent volunteers work HARD to put on amazing events!

With the school year coming to a close and summer just around the corner, another successful spring season of NICA races are coming to an end. Congratulations to the 4,719 registered student-athletes, 2,238 licensed coaches, countless volunteers and all parents who helped make the spring season in seven separate NICA leagues a huge success!

The months of May and June also give us an opportunity to recognize and thank NICA Moms and Dads for all their support before, during and after the dust settles on the race courses. NICA leagues rely heavily on volunteers for success, and a vast majority of those volunteers are parents of student-athletes. From supporting their student-athlete(s) to volunteering on their child’s team and league, parents of NICA are helping to keep the youth mountain biking momentum moving from coast to coast. Thank you NICA Parents!

It’s easy to see how important parents are to NICA, but what’s also impressive is how vital NICA is to parents. As their children join NICA teams, many parents are becoming mountain bikers or re-discovering their love of riding. Below, you’ll meet Paula who started cycling because of her son. To all the parents, like Paula, who help our student-athletes grow strong in mind, strong in body and strong in character Happy Mother’s Day, and Happy Father’s Day!

With Sincere Gratitude,
Austin

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What's Happening Across America

Spring League Racing

Congratulations to our seven spring leagues on their successful 2018 seasons despite some challenging weather across the country! Best of luck to our New Jersey League student-athletes who will have their season finale coming up on June 10th. Texas held their State Championships April 21st and Alabama wrapped their season up May 6th at the Rumble on the Ridge. NorCal and SoCal came head-to-head May 20th for the California State Championships and the New York Championships were June 3rd. North Carolina was forced to cancel their State Championships due to weather - but still finished with a great 2018 season - and their first Coaches Competition - the Cackalacky Cup! Congratulations again to ALL student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and parents for another awesome season of NICA riding, racing and enjoying time outside!

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Top Left to Right: New Jersey (Don Madson), Alabama State Champions (Alabama NICA Race Media), California State Championships (Tom Low), New York (Neil Goldberg), North Carolina (NCICL), Texas (Steve Morton)

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NICA Coach Supporter Ben Tufford wants YOU to do the Spring 2018 Survey!

We need YOU to complete our Spring League Survey!

Attention Spring Leagues! We need you (coaches, parents, student-athletes) to complete our annual survey. You can access the survey HERE. This only takes a few moments of your time, but provides us with valuable information that we use to improve our programming. And don't worry - we will never share your personal data!

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Paula and her son, Dale at a NCICL Race.

On Parenting and Coaching - a Mom's Perspective

As we celebrate ALL our parents this spring - we wanted to give a special shout out to the parents/guardians of NICA student-athletes who also volunteer as coaches! Meet Paula, aka "Team Mom" or "Momma Bear." Paula's 13-year old son found a passion for mountain biking last year when he joined the Phoenix Trailblazers with the North Carolina League. Catch up with Paula HERE to find out how her son's passion helped her find her own passion for mountain biking and how she went from sitting in the parking lot during practice to being a NICA Coach!

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NICA-Inspired Energy Gel Launching June 11th!

Get excited! GU Energy Labs worked with NICA Student-Athletes to create a new flavor of energy gel! 10% of all proceeds will go to support NICA and our mission to put #morekidsonbikes! Check in on June 11th to find out what the flavor is and #GUFORIT!

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Trek - Bontrager Tires Support NICA

Every time you purchase Bontrager mountain bike tires, $1 goes to support NICA and getting #morekidsonbikes! Find your local Bontrager tire retailer HERE.

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Tips for Designing a Cycling Jersey

Are you getting ready to design your Fall League jersey and need some help? Our friends at Podiumwear have you covered! Check out their Tips for Designing a Cycling Jersey. If your team is working with Podiumwear, here's a calendar so you know when to order to have your jerseys by your first race!

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Welcome the Weekend with #HawaiianShirtFriday

Summer is unofficially here and Club Ride apparel is celebrating Fridays and summer with #HawaiianShirtFriday! NICA student-athletes, coaches and supporters can get 25% off all Club Ride Apparel through June 30th with code "NICA25"! Mahalo!

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Design Danny's Favorite Glove

Endura Sport is partnering with Danny MacAskill to bring you a rad new line of mountain bike gloves and give you a chance to design a new Endura Humvee Lite Glove for Danny! Details on how to enter HERE.

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NICA in Your Neighborhood

We LOVE seeing what our student-athletes, teams, coaches and leagues are up to across the country. Here are some of the highlights from the past month!

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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Photo: Michelle Banish

Female student-athletes from @alabamamtb circle up to wish each other good luck before their races!

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Photo: @noahayes

@noahayes was stoked to finish off his high school career by taking the Varsity Boy's win at the California State Championships!

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Photo: Galena Growlers

The Galena Growlers are stoked at the top of their local Quarry Trail - a 600-foot climb!

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Photo: Bronxville HS Mountain Bike Team

The @bvx_mtb girls are all smiles on an afternoon ride! Nothing like a perfect Friday afternoon in the woods to build team spirit!

@justine.mcouat and the rest of the @drake_mtb team celebrate winning the California State Championships for D1 Teams!

@mtnbikegirl1009 had a blast racing in the @socalleague and is already looking forward to next season!

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