VAHS joins national high school cycling association

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…..

Left to right: Austin McInerny (NICA executive director), Jeremiah Bishop (Virginia League founding committee). Credit: Paul Skilbeck/NICA.

VAHS joins national high school cycling association

Accomplished pro cyclists give back to Virginia high school students

Peter Hufnagel peter@virginiamtb.org 434.987.5406 http://www.virginiamtb.org

NICA Contact:

Paul Skilbeck paul@nationalmtb.org 415.516.1444 http://www.nationalmtb.org

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 peter@virginiamtb.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.

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Chance to win a cool $1,000 in gear at The Bike Lane!

MORE’s Spring Bling Promotion

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Spring Fever and Over Training

Our favorite Chiropractor, Dr. Kathy from Positively Chiropractic is spot on with her latest article. We are all very eager to get outside and ride in this beautiful weather. Just be careful of being over zealous. If you do over train make sure you take care of those aches and pains.

Dr. Kathy Countiho from Positively Chiropractic
Spring Fever
A very common injury that presents itself in our office every spring is Acute Tendonitis of a sport specific muscle group. This happens when a muscle/tendon is suddenly overused, and demanded an increase in power and repetition with inadequate build up to the vastly increased activity. For example, my friends and family of mountain bikers are about to enjoy the many hours of sunny weather and dry trails, following months of unpredictably wet, muddy, and thus closed mountain bike trails. We forget that our arms are not ready for the chronic load we put on our arm muscles as we spend hours and hours riding our mountain bikes in the beautiful dry, spring weather.

This sudden overload will result in a gradual tightening of the muscle groups, which results in friction of the muscles that surround one another. The friction creates inflammation and micro-tearing of the tendon sheath around the muscle. You will see visible signs of swelling and redness over the area of pain, and will feel terrible pain with any use of that muscle, like shaking hands if it is your forearm muscle, or when pulling your toes upward, if its a front lower leg muscle.

How to avoid this? Don’t over train to begin with! Once you get this, how do you treat this? Active Release Therapy(a movement based massage technique that moves the joints above an below the affected muscles), chiropractic adjustments (to restore joint mobility), if possible hourly use of cryotherapy or ICE for the swelling and pain, self massage toward the heart with BIOFREEZE are all highly recommended.

Please ask your chiropractor at POSICHIRO if you feel like you may be experiencing this condition. The sooner you treat this the quicker the recovery.

Lets have a FABULOUSLY active but NOT injury filled Spring!

My best to you all,

Dr. Kathy