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NICA adds four new state leagues

Published September 16, 2015
Arkansas, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania bring school racing league total to 19.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has added new leagues in Arkansas, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, bringing it to 19 total leagues for high school and middle school mountain bike racing. The organization announced the new leagues at Interbike on Wednesday.

Austin McInerny, NICA's executive director, said, "There is now an almost unbroken chain of interscholastic cycling leagues spanning from coast to coast. With the addition of these four new leagues, nearly 60 percent of the country's population will now have access to interscholastic cycling."

NICA's network now includes leagues in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northern California, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

NICA has just over 3,000 coaches who are working with nearly 7,500 student­-athletes from 522 high schools in the U.S., giving a overall supervision ratio of one adult to three student-athletes.

NICA is kicking off a fundraising drive at Interbike, with matching grants from the Clif Bar Family Foundation and QBP putting $60,000 of potential additional funds on the table.

More information on the fundraiser at: nationalmtb.org/boosterclub.

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