The Nevada Interscholastic Cycling League works to establish and maintain safe, quality school mountain bike programs. The League is responsible for establishing a climate that will:
- Provide students who have the desire to mountain bike with the coaching and camaraderie that will help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross-country mountain biking goals in a safe and enjoyable manner;
- Develop an awareness of what it is to be an amateur athlete that is both gracious and respectful to their community;
- Create an environment in which they may discover new friendships and find role models;
- Guide students towards learning new skills and disciplines, and spread the foundations of mountain bike racing across the U.S.;
- Foster a responsible attitude toward the use of trails and wilderness;
- Promote the value of cycling to our community as a mode of transportation and as a life long sport.
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Matt Fritzinger, a teacher at Berkeley High, founded the League with the 2001 NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing Series. As the coach of the Berkeley High team he saw that a school team could succeed, but that competition would be required for it to thrive. In the first series mountain bikers from schools all over Northern California answered the call and came to compete as semi-organized high school teams. Now well over 50 California schools offer well organized mountain bike programs and is spreading to states all over.
- 2000 – Teams from four local high schools began competing in an organized race series, and the NorCal League was born
- 2008 – The movement spreads from NorCal to SoCal with the creation of the SoCal League
- 2009 – NICA was formed to take high school mountain biking coast to coast by 2020
- 2011 – Four leagues (NorCal, SoCal, Colorado and Washington) were racing with over 1,000 student-athletes and 109 high school teams
- 2012 – Minnesota, Texas and Utah join the NICA family
- 2013 –Arizona, New York and Tennessee, are added
- 2014 – Georgia, Virginia and Wisconsin become the latest members of the cycling movement, and now over 4,000 student-athletes are competing on nearly 400 teams
- 2015 – New leagues in Nevada and Idaho begin operations.