The National Interscholastic Cycling Association, better known as NICA, was founded in 2009 as a way to bring mountain biking to more kids. What started as a single league in Northern California has grown to 31 currently, stretching from Coast to Coast and encompassing over 22,000 active student athletes.
While the huge race campouts, where thousands of student athletes and their families gather for weekends of two wheeled fun, garner much of the attention, NICA is about more than just the race days. From trail work to local shop internships, the organization aims to use cycling to build character and community while fostering a lifelong friendships and a love for an active lifestyle.
NICA’s president, Steve Matous, joined Shimano LIVE to talk about the history of the program, what the future holds for the organization, and how NICA is keeping kids safely on bikes during the exceptional times of COVID-19.