The Bike Lane is super excited to see NICA coming to Virginia! This will help grow the sport of mountain biking for all youth. The Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series has already kicked off this spring with some great racing. We are hoping to get a race up in Northern Virginia for the next series. Stay tuned…..
VAHS joins national high school cycling association
Accomplished pro cyclists give back to Virginia high school students
ALBEMARLE, Va. – Virginia was announced April 12 as the newest state in a nationwide school cycling program run by the the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a youth development organization governing interscholastic mountain biking in the United States.
Making the announcement during the Sea Otter Classic cycling event, Saturday April 12, in California, NICA executive director Austin McInerny said, “The proximity of the Virginia League to Washington D.C. makes it one of particular significance to our growing nationwide network of high school cycling leagues, and the staff already in place to run this league include several well-known names in the cycling world.”
The Virginia League has grown out of the success of the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series led by Miller School of Albemarle teacher Peter Hufnagel and professional cyclist Andrea Dvorak. Team Sho-Air/Cannondale pro rider Jeremiah Bishop heads up development. Other key staff already in position include former pro Andy Guptill, Rick Bartels, and Phillip Robb.
Virginia League director Peter Hufnagel said, “We started our program back in 2010, and since then have been keeping an eye on the growth of NICA, whose comprehensive approach to youth development has always impressed us. Recently we decided that the time was right for us to join forces and become part of the coast-to-coast youth mountain biking network.”
The Virginia League is based in Charlottesville and will organize four races in the fall of 2014. Up to 200 student-athletes are expected to participate in the inaugural series and numbers are expected to grow to 500+ in coming years.
The first Leaders’ Summit, a training program for league coaches, is scheduled for May 17-18, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and another training for league volunteers will he held in summer. Interested persons are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
NICA has over 1,300 licensed coaches who are working with approximately 3,000 student-athletes across the USA, giving a very favorable overall supervision ratio of one adult to three student-athletes.