NICA-sanctioned races provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals and to achieve their personal best. The WI League has a 5 race schedule starting in early September and ending in late October. Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation, and risk management guarantee every participating student athlete is given a fun, fast, and safe environment.
GRiT – Girls Riding Together
The GRiT Program is an effort by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) to recruit and retain more girls and female coaches in NICA programs. The overarching goal of the NICA GRiT program is to increase the overall participation of females to 33% (coaches and student athletes) by 2023. #MoreGirlsOnBikes!
Teen Trail Corps
Teen Trail Corps is a program, supported by REI and the Walton Family Foundation, that provides NICA student athletes the opportunity to serve and give their time towards bike related advocacy activities. It is designed to provide exposure and be a gateway for NICA student athletes into the world of advocacy.
NICA Leagues do not receive tax-based government funds and depend largely on the fundraising efforts of our participant families and other supporters. Pledge rides on the road or trails are sure-fire fundraising and fun-raising events enjoyed by all.
How does the Wisconsin League do it? Where do coaches learn how to start and manage a high school mountain bike team? What are the dos and don’ts of maintaining a healthy team or new league in your state? A Leaders’ Summit brings together coaches and leaders for an important weekend of hands-on education about what it takes to be an exemplary NICA coach.
Rider Camps and Clinics
For many student athletes, mountain biking is a new sport. Even the experienced riders can learn something new at a NICA Rider Camp and Clinic, which emphasized proper skill, technique, and a healthy approach to riding and racing. Certified coaches and assistants provide spot-on training for students of all skill levels, and in several cases a girls-only camp is held to encourage our future women to let their natural abilities flow.