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West Virginia NICA League is now an official Project League and Hosted First Leaders Summit in preparation for Inaugural Race Season

League prepares for inaugural race season: Race Locations and dates announced!

Attendees at the Inaugural West Virginia Leader’s Summit

Contact: Cassie Smith | 304-698-5644 | cassie@westvirginiamtb.org
Facebook: West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League
Instagram: @westvirginiamtb 
Morgantown, WV.
The West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League is now an official NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) Project League. The league has completed required trainings and benchmarks and are moving forward toward launching their inaugural race season this coming fall. As part of this, the West Virginia League just held their first Leaders Summit at North Bend State Park. With over 30 attendees, the Leaders’ Summit provided top notch training for the league’s coaches and volunteers. “The WV Leaders’ Summit was a great experience, for everyone!” states West Virginia League Director, Cassie Smith. “ Potential coaches from all over the state came together, to develop skills, and get the knowledge needed to establish teams. WV coaches were not only educated, but they were inspired to change lives. ”
Zoe Morris attended the inaugural summit and states, “The Leader’s Summit was an amazing reminder of the experience and passion in the West Virginia mountain bike scene. I’m nervous but excited to ride with kiddos in my hometown and share with them experiences and space for growth. For me, on a bike and in the woods is the perfect place for that. ”
Lauren Duensing, NICA VP of Programs, traveled to present at the summit from California; “West Virginia League has passionate leadership and coaches equipped and ready to launch interscholastic cycling in their state. The West Virginia League is rolling and set to have a great inaugural coaching season and set of races. ”
WV coaches will spend the rest of this Spring developing a mountain biking club in their local high school or community. Spring will include pre-season activities and the first race series will take place this Fall. The race series is as follows: Race 1-September 8-9 – Battle at Big Bear – Big Bear Lake Camplands, Race 2- September 22-23 Challenge at Little Creek City Park, Race 3- October 7-8 Watter Smith State Park, Race 4 – October 20, 21 – North Bend State Park.
This volunteer based organization is seeking donations to support its programming and inaugural race season in 2018. If you would like to contribute, please CLICK HERE 
The West Virginia League is headquartered in Morgantown, and in addition to the founding board’s efforts they are still seeking individuals who are passionate about creating quality opportunities for youth (note: mountain biking skills not required). Volunteer opportunities exist for coaching, event support, logistical support, fundraising and more. Interested individuals are invited to contact League Director, Cassie Smith at cassie@westvirginiamtb.org for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Leader’s Summit Rail Trail Group Ride

About the West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League

West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League (WVICL) is a youth organization that aims to promote youth development and character development through the sport of mountain biking. WVICL is a state wide mountain bike league that operates as a 501(c)(3) under the National Interscholastic Cycling League (NICA) Charter. NICA’s five core principles are; Inclusivity: no bench warmers, and every finish counts, Equality: no tryouts, everyone rides!, Strong Body: lifelong fitness starts here, Strong Minds: students first, Strong Character: work hard, play fair, respect others. At WVICL, we intend to stand by, and implement these values. We are very grateful for the strong support we have received from our community, and vow to make the league a great experience for everyone involved.

About The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) NICA is the leading interscholastic and community-based cycling organization in the United States. Founded in 2009 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, NICA develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes and coaches across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events, and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike. As of 2017, NICA has 22 state and regional leagues, and 6,000 coaches who are working with over 14,500 student­-athletes from nearly 800 high schools in the USA. NICA exists by virtue of generous sponsors, donors and partners, including our Lead sponsor Trek Bicycles; Platinum level sponsor Shimano and Clif Bar & Company; Gold level sponsors Bicycling, Giro, Podiumwear, Specialized Bicycles, SRAM and Quality Bicycle Products; and major sponsors CamelBak, Yakima, Maxxis, REI Co-Op, GU Energy Labs, Athletic Event Supply, Feedback Sports, and People for Bikes. For more information on NICA visit www.nationalmtb.org follow @nationalMTB or call (510) 524-5464.

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