About NICA


NICA is a youth development organization that provides leadership, governance, financial and programmatic support to develop and promote middle and high school (grades 6-12) mountain biking leagues throughout the United States. With a professional staff led by a committed board of directors, NICA exists to enable every American teen to strengthen mind, body and character by participating in an interscholastic mountain bike racing experience that is co-ed, inclusive and equal. Every action that NICA takes is guided by five core principles that are fundamental to the “NICA Way”.


Unlike traditional school sports, NICA leagues provide athletic opportunity to student-athletes of all skill levels and all socioeconomic backgrounds. There are no tryouts for joining a team. Any child who wants to participate is welcome to join his or her local team. If the child does not have proper gear and cannot afford to purchase equipment necessary to participate, NICA is dedicated to providing the necessary items through our network of community based gear donation centers and scholarships.

"As League Director, I'm really grateful for the opportunity NICA has given me to share my mountain bike passion with the folks of West Virginia! The league's inaugural year brought so many positive impacts to our community, and I look forward to watching the program grow!"

-Cassie Smith, WV League Director


NICA has shown that cycling can be used by schools to effectively engage adolescents to help them confront and overcome the difficulties of growing-up in today’s complicated world. Moreover, by working with well trained coaches to set and achieve physically and mentally demanding goals through a sport that can be enjoyed both competitively and recreationally well past high school, NICA is equipping today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders both on and off the bike.

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