NICA League Programs


NICA sanctioned races provide student-athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals and achieve their personal best. Most NICA leagues have a 4 or 5 race season held in the Spring or Fall depending on the regional climate. Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation and risk management guarantee every participating student-athlete is given a fun and fast environment.

Pledge Rides

Our 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.

Leaders’ Summit

How do NICA leagues do it? Where do coaches learn how to start and manage a high school mountain bike team? What are the do’s and dont’s of maintaining a healthy team or league in your state or region? 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 experienced riders can learn something new at a NICA camp or clinic, which emphasizes proper skill, technique and a healthy approach to riding and racing. Licensed coaches and assistants provide spot-on training for students of all skill levels, and in several cases a girl’s-only camp is held to encourage our future women to let their natural abilities flow.


Since 2004, our Leagues have organized a weekend of fellowship to celebrate a successful year, bringing together cyclists in the community in the form of a sit-down banquet and maybe a group ride. Celebrities have included road pro Chris Horner, Giro d’Italia winner Andy Hampsten, former road and MTB pro-turned author and television commentator Bob Roll, mountain bike evangelist Gary Fisher, downhill champion Aaron Gwin, and Garmin CEO Jonathan Vaughters. Funds are raised, the year is celebrated, information and friendship is shared, and another season is planned out over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.