7 - nica

Welcome to Episode 7.  Bikes and …High School Mountain Bike Racing.  For those of you who can remember back to Episode 1, I interviewed 5 student athletes who race in the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League.  Today I am interviewing Kate Rau who is the Executive Director of the league.  Before I do a little context.

The Colorado league is a chapter of what is known as NICA.  NICA stands for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.  Based out of California and Founded in 2009, 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.

Currently, 19 states have a NICA league, you probably didn’t know that and I want to say that more than 5,000 students take part in races across the USA.  Incredible.  I know what you are thinking – “why didn’t they have high school mountain bike racing when I was at school?”  I agree.

I’ll post a link to the list of these leagues on the bikes and website but it’s incredible to see states as diverse as New Jersey, Arkansas and Alabama on that list.  I know NICA is keen to keep the growth going, so if you are the sort of person who is able to get a project off the ground, please contact NICA or this podcast.  As I hope you’ll learn from today’s conversation with Kate you’ll get way more out of your efforts than you put in.

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