We Make Mountain Bikers: The Benefits of Sponsoring a NICA Team — Outspokin’

Since joining the NICA Board, I’ve witnessed great synergy between existing NICA teams and their local bicycle retailers. Hearing so many positive things from both shops and teams, I decided to dig into how these partnerships “work” for a behind-the-scenes look at how you can find similar success with your shop.NICA’s (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) roots go back to 1998, when Matt … [Read more...]

Competition, Camaraderie Fuel Growth of Mountain Bike Racing Among High School Girls

Mountain bike racing is what we call an even playing field sport. No one sits on the bench, everyone participates, which opens it up to various ages and sexes. The rise in National Interscholastic Cycling Association races in Arkansas is giving opportunities for local high school girls to enjoy our trails, our scenery, and some competition. When Cate Mertins first started racing mountain bikes as … [Read more...]

Arkansas NICA Race Report #1

The season has started, kids are racing mountain bikes in Arkansas. Here is a report on the first race of the second year of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association Series. Arkansas NICA kicked off our 2nd season September 10, 2017 in Siloam Springs on the campus of John Brown University. The infield was in a giant field on the far north side of their campus … [Read more...]

Getting #moregirlsonbikes in Arkansas! | NICA

Meet four women leading the way in getting kids, and in particular, girls, on bikes in Arkansas. As NICA grows nationwide – so does our work towards equal participation across genders. It’s often said that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and NICA is playing a role in changing what female student-athletes see by recruiting strong female coaches and leadership.We recently caught up with our … [Read more...]

Move Over Ball Sports: High School MTB On The Rise

Get your kids involved with the Arkansas chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. The air is chill, the skies mottled and gray. A crush of parents and teens cheer on their favorite athletes. But instead of scoreboards, pads, and cheerleaders, this burgeoning high school league showcases spokes, cranks, and speed. The Minnesota High School Cycling League just wrapped up … [Read more...]

Razorback Rumble – Arkansas embraces it’s first National Interscholastic Cycling Association Race

On the chilly Sunday morning of September 11th, Arkansas experienced its first National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) race at Lake Fayetteville. The Razorback Rumble, as the race was aptly named, brought almost 140 riders to participate in this event and history was made. The excitement was palpable as the riders entered the staging area and prepared to compete in their first race. … [Read more...]