The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), an interscholastic cycling organization, announced that Montana, Florida, and Indiana as the three newest states to join its growing network of interscholastic cycling leagues. The addition of these three leagues brings the total number of NICA Leagues nationwide to 25. Inaugural race series for Montana, Florida and Indiana are planned for Fall 2019.
“These new leagues bring with them extensive youth development experience and talent that will enable NICA to flourish in their regions. Geographically, we are expanding in the mountain west, Midwest and now stretching along most of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.A.,” said NICA President Austin McInerny. “NICA is more than just racing, we are creating communities where youth are empowered with both mental and physical tools and skills to help them succeed both on and off their bikes, now and in the future.”
NICA’s growing network now includes programs in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Northern California, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The NICA network includes approximately 6,450 volunteer coaches who are working with more than 14,500 student-athletes across the United States. In recent months, NICA has enhanced its coach licensing and training program to provide coaches the tools and curriculum to ensure positive character and social development for youth participants. Additionally, NICA announced, in June 2018, its Girls Riding Together “GRiT” programming, aimed at increasing recruitment and retention of female student-athletes and coaches.
Florida student-athletes out for a ride. Photo: Maxwell Gledhill
“With the addition of Montana, Florida, and Indiana, NICA now has the capacity and infrastructure to serve nearly 70% of our country’s population, which puts us well on our way towards fulfilling our mission of providing every youth in America the opportunity to build strong mind, body, and character through interscholastic cycling,” said McInerny.
Top image: Montana Student-athletes visit an Idaho League Race. Photo: Sam Schultz