NICA Mission

Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (“NICA”) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for regional leagues to produce quality mountain bike events, and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong mind, strong body and strong character through interscholastic cycling.

NICA Vision

NICA sees a future where every American youth has the opportunity to build strong body, mind and character through interscholastic cycling. To this end, NICA will continue to work diligently to:

  • Promote athlete skills development, excellence, teamwork, professionalism and respect for the community and the environment;
  • Promote the sport of mountain biking and the benefits of mountain biking as a healthy, low impact, outdoor recreational lifestyle;
  • Provide national leadership and governance through comprehensive policies, rules and guidelines to establish fair rules of play and codes of conduct;
  • Provide comprehensive Coaches Training and Licensing program to establish and maintain national standards and best practices;
  • Provide comprehensive risk management guidelines for mountain bike programming to establish and maintain national standards and best practices;
  • Provide technical assistance and support for League formation, team formation, races, camps and special events;
  • Provide successful models of League development, sustainable fiscal growth, and corporate and individual donor development; and
  • Advocate for the environmental conservation of natural areas and parklands, mountain bike trail access, and the development of sustainable trail systems.

North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League

The North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League was organized in 2015 to provide a fun, safe and high quality mountain biking program for students in grades 6 to 12. With the cooperation of our partners and our sponsors, we are able to provide a competitive mountain bike racing experience. Regardless of ability level, the North Carolina League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes in accordance with NICA’s Five Core Principles: Inclusive, Equal, Strong Body, Strong Mind and Strong Character. In turn, North Carolina’s goal is to create life-long cyclists who are conscientious, responsible and empowered.

The North Carolina League is committed to teaching safe riding practices. We believe forming school teams is the best way for students to learn how to ride safely. To learn safe riding techniques or to learn how to teach these skills, join our next rider camp or coaches conference. For up to date news and info join our e-mail list, or send an e-mail directly to mike@northcarolinamtb.org and let us know how you’d like to get involved.