Mountain Bike Racing Comes to High School Sports

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How do you get more kids on bikes? Just give them an opportunity, it seems. In one of the most refreshing bits of cycling news in recent days, there are over 1000 high school students competing in mountain bike racing leagues in seven states, thanks to the amped efforts of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). And NICA's goal is to get leagues going coast-to-coast by 2020. It looks like they're going to get it done, too, because there's no shortage of enthusiasm as you'll see in this video.

NICA races are just for students in grades 9 through 12, co-ed, and have no tryouts. You want to ride, you get to ride. The organization's mission is to support and develop students with strong body, mind and character through all aspects of mountain bike racing, from bike maintenance to teamwork.

As if kids racing bikes in their own leagues isn't inspiring enough, they're learning about trail stewardship in the off season. NICA's education director Austin McInerny says, "Imagine telling the football team they have to seed the field, mow the field, put lines on the field. . . To mountain bike, you need to maintain your bike, your body, and your trails. We're teaching athletes that trail work is just something you do if you want to compete. It's not special. It's standard."

Watch the first four minutes in the video for interviews, race footage, and all around stoke.

Find out if there's a league in your state, or just get more info about NICA: www.nationalmtb.org

 

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Stephen
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# Stephen 2012-10-23 16:20
In highschool a couple of us started the club BIG (Biking Is Great) We has weekly rides and membership grew pretty quickly, problem is we waited until our senior year to start it and died soon after because nobody would lead the club. It was fun while it lasted.
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