August 31 Director's Note It's that time of year when our student-athletes are going back to school! And with that comes an upswing in calls and em

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August 31

Director's Note

It's that time of year when our student-athletes are going back to school! And with that comes an upswing in calls and emails from eager coaches, parents and students looking to get their teams rolling into the new season. Are you ready?

Earlier this month we hosted the first annual NICA Conference. League directors from seven NICA Leagues participated in three days of educational presentations, collaborating on projects and planning for the future. In September NICA will be two years old (hard to believe!) and we already have such an outstanding group of league directors realizing the NICA mission.

A busy fall is planned with Leaders' Summits (coaches conference) in four locations, and our opening event for Colorado is September 18 (click here to volunteer). We are also looking forward to launching some exciting new programs and another league at Interbike later in September. To follow the latest news and participate in upcoming contests be sure to "like" our NICA Facebook page.

Enjoy the continued warm summer weather!

Matt Fritzinger
NICA Director

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Student Spotlight on Silas Harrison, Washington League

When Washington High School Cycling League member Silas Harrison learned that funding for trail maintenance and building programs around his hometown of Issaquah was in question, he decided to get involved.

After obtaining information about a forthcoming meeting of the City of Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department, he showed up to the city hall and took advantage of the public comments process that is part of such meetings.

Silas said, “I spoke about why I thought that continuing to maintain and build trails in the Issaquah area was important for our community, and also about my experiences with the high school mountain bike league.”

Although he is not yet aware of a decision on the subject, Silas said it was a very positive experience. “Everyone there seemed very interested in NICA and the high school league, and thought it was really cool.”

And his main takeaway? “It is important to take action in your community if you want to accomplish something.”

NICA Volunteer Program

Want to help promote high school mountain biking coast-to-coast? Volunteer for NICA!

We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic people to join our NICA Volunteer Database. As a non-profit organization, we depend on volunteer work to complete our numerous programs each year. Volunteers can be local to the NICA office in Berkeley or can live anywhere in the United States (we can use your help either way!).

As a NICA Volunteer, you will receive occasional emails asking for your help with a variety of tasks in support of existing leagues or groundwork for new leagues.

To join, go to NICA Volunteer Program and fill out the information form. You will be informed as soon as projects come up!

Colorado 2011 Season Kick Off Celebration with Tom Danielson

To celebrate the impending start of the Colorado League racing, Wheat Ridge Cyclery is hosting a 2011 celebration Wednesday, August 31st, 6:30 PM. Stop by to meet the Colorado League Board of Directors, League coaches, learn about the League.

Tom Danielson, fresh off a top-10 placing in the Tour de France and 4th place at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, will be joining the party, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

The Colorado League is anticipating 250 riders from 30 teams at the September 18th season opener in Nathrop, CO.

Thanks to Basil Doc's Pizza and mix1 for contributing to this festive event!

Ride with Davis Phinney and Support the NorCal League

Want to support the future of bicycle riding while enjoying some of NorCal's most bucolic and scenic roads?! US bicycle road racing legend Davis Phinney will host this year’s NorCal High School Cycling League’s annual road ride fundraiser: The Chileno Valley Cycling Classic.

On September 11, 2011, the NorCal High School League hosts a day of gorgeous road riding and a wonderful post–ride party and catered ranch picnic. Live music, great prizes and the opportunity to ride with Davis Phinney are all part of the fun and allure of this exclusive ride. Additionally, all proceeds benefit the NorCal League, and each participant receives a gorgeous, custom, Capo jersey!

There are 45 and 65 mile ride options, both of which are fully supported. Top fundraisers will be eligible to win some incredible prizes, and all registered riders will receive a custom Capo cycling jersey. Don’t miss the opportunity to pedal for a good cause. For more information, and/or to register for the ride, please visit Chileno Valley Cycling Classic.

IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day October 1st

Do you remember your first ride on a mountain bike ride? It was great, wasn't it? Help spread the joy of mountain biking by hosting an event to celebrate IMBA's 8th annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, October 1st.

Take a Kid Mountain Bike Day events can range from a few riders on tricycles in the neighborhood cul-de-sac to 300+ youngsters rolling through the local park. No event is too small as long as you are getting kids on bikes and having fun!

IMBA has posted a Toolkit with tips to help make your event successful, from group size and venue selection to activities and publicity, it's all there.

If you don't want to start your own event, go to IMBA's event map to see events that are currently registered.

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Austin presents to the Washington League Leaders' Summit.

Austin McInerny Joins NICA as Educational Programs Director

Austin McInerny, a key member of this high school mountain bike movement since its beginnings in 2001, has joined NICA as the Educational Programs Director to oversee NICA’s growing educational programs for coaches and ride leaders.

McInerny said, “We have worked diligently since 2001 to build on our experiences of working with high school student athletes to develop the Leaders’ Summit curriculum, which presents the foundation for responsible and appropriate cycling-specific coaching of young men and women. I am honored to work with NICA and the increasing number of dedicated coaches and volunteers that are helping grow the sport of cycling.”

One of McInerny’s goals will be to expand the educational opportunities for coaches. The NICA program is unique in that it provides the only high school age specific coaching license program in the country, with nearly 400 individuals presently licensed at four levels. Expanding the opportunities for coaches will elevate the quality of NICA programs.

Attendance at a summit is the first step toward starting a high school cycling club or even building a new high school regional league.

For a full list of upcoming Leaders’ Summit or Wilderness First Aid courses, go to the NICA Calendar.

Calendar

August 31 Colorado League Kickoff Celebration at Wheat Ridge Cyclery
September 11 NorCal League Chileno Valley Cycling Classic
September 18 Colorado League Season Opener
September 13-16 NICA attends Interbike (booth number L10)
October 15–16 SoCal League Leaders’ Summit (Riverside, CA)
October 15–16 NorCal League Leaders’ Summit (Davis, CA)
October 22–23 Texas League Leaders' Summit (Burnet, TX)

Full NICA Calendar

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