BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association said Alabama and Virginia are the next states to create a high school mountain bike league this year. The two states join Wisconsin as the three states joining NICA this year; the organization now has 13 leagues.
"The experience and quality of people coming in as organizers to the NICA leagues is very encouraging and I think bodes very well for the future. But not only that, we are making substantial strides toward our goal of coast-to-coast high school mountain biking opportunities by 2020," said NICA's executive director, Austin McInerny. "We have been laying a solid foundation in previous years, and 2014, with 30 percent growth in the number of NICA leagues, I think is going to be very significant for us."
Virginia and Wisconsin each have established mountain biking programs that NICA will build on.
NICA has more than 1,300 licensed coaches who are working with 3,500 student-athletes in the U.S.