NICA Names Amanda Carey as New President

Feb 8, 2022
by Sarah Moore  
Photos from the NICA event held on Trek s private trails.

Steve Matous resigned as the president of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) at the end of November and the organization announced that he would be temporarily replaced by then Vice President of Programs, Amanda Carey.

Now, NICA has officially named Carey its new president. Carey has been involved with NICA since 2015 and the NICA Board says that Carey was unanimously selected after a nationwide search.

bigquotesI am honored for the opportunity to lead NICA as we continue the work to support our growing number of leagues across the United States and to get even more kids on bikes. Like NICA itself, I started at the local level and my passion for this sport continues to grow just as our leagues and dedication have grown as well. I’m looking forward to working together with our leagues, our national team, and the thousands of student-athletes, coaches and families to remain mission-focused.Amanda Carey

Carey started her local Teton Valley Composite Team in 2015 as part of NICA’s Idaho League and joined the NICA National Team in 2017, serving as Coach Licensing Manager, GRiT Program Manager and, most recently, Vice President of Programming. She is an Idaho League Coach Supporter and a Level 3 Coach. She has also served as the Team Director and Head Coach of Teton Valley Composite, and as the Executive Director of the IMBA Chapter, Mountain Bike the Tetons.

bigquotesAmanda is the ideal choice to lead NICA at this time as the organization looks to its next stage of growth and development. She brings experience and enthusiasm to the role with a strong focus on NICA’s core mission, vision and values and on servicing NICA’s leagues to get even #MoreKidsOnBikes.NICA Board Chair Bob Burns

Carey has a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College and a M.S. in Sports Psychology from Capella University. Prior to her time at NICA, Carey held multiple positions in non-profit organizations including time as both a development director and executive director with different cycling and trail advocacy organizations.

Carey also brings with her many years as a professional mountain bike and cyclocross racer, winning the Breck Epic, Trans-Sylvania Epic and Iceman Cometh races multiple times. She is based in Victor, Idaho, where she continues to coach.

bigquotesHaving served as NICA’s President for nearly eight years, during which I had the pleasure of working with Amanda, I can emphatically state that she is a great choice as the organization’s new leader. Her extensive history as a successful athlete, high school mountain bike coach in Idaho, trail advocate and team builder will serve NICA well; I can’t think of a better person for the position. NICA is in good hands and I look forward to seeing the organization continue to grow, diversify, and expand opportunities for communities across America to experience the benefits of cycling and youth engagement under the mentorship of trained coaches.Austin McInerny, NICA Advisory Council Chair (2019-present); NICA President (2012-2019); NorCal League Board Member (2006-2011); Berkeley High School MTB Team Coach (2004-2012)

bigquotesOn behalf of the student-athletes, families, coaches, staff, and board of directors of the NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League, I am thrilled to welcome Amanda to her new role as NICA President. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Amanda on many projects over the years and have consistently been struck by her incredible interpersonal skills, stellar project management, and creative problem-solving abilities. Her depth of knowledge of the inner workings at the team and league levels make her uniquely suited to run NICA. We could not be more excited to move forward with Amanda at the helm.Vanessa Hauswald, NICA Board Member elect (2022); NorCal League Executive Director (2009-current); NorCal League board member (2005-2009); Casa Grande High School MTB Team Co-Founder and Co-Coach (2003-2010)

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  • 53 16
 Maybe they'll start incorporating some other disciplines within MTB, like DH or Enduro. My son raced with NICA in high school and it was pretty lame. We were coming from the DH race scene and I'd show up in a banana suit only to receive weird looks from all of the dirt roadie coaches and parents. By the end of the season the kids loved the raucous cheering section my family provided but, after my son was threatened with a DQ for throwing a sick flatty off of a natural hip, we knew we were done with that organization (it was his last race so I yelled at him to "send it!" on his last lap and he whipped it out again, after being warned. I just looked at the course marshall and asked if he was going to DQ a kid in no danger of getting on the podium on his last race...he let it go). It's cool that it introduces kids to MTB but it also breeds a very roadie-like atmosphere that takes all of the fun out of it.
The idea of a "feed zone" was alien to us coming from the gravity side of racing. My son brought a honeybun for his first race and yelled, "honeybun me!" as he approached the coach in the feed zone. He stuffed the entire pastry in one bite...dang I miss that kid. He's in the army now across the country in NY.
  • 16 1
 NICA has been awesome for my 6th grader. Discipline, friends. A great alternative to the typical school sports for those interested.

For a while before NICA he spoke of anything with any real uphill with disdain as "enduro" after riding perhaps a bit too much park to start out. NICA now has him interested in up and down and enjoying "enduro" rides with Dad.

But I agree. An enduro option or even more technical XC racing would be great and more in his line of interest. On the flip side we also saw a few kids flown out by helicopter this year after injuries, so there would perhaps need be some type of gatekeeping and balance.
  • 9 7
 @sempertubby , they REALLY got upset for him hitting a jump and getting style? If so, what a pathetic mess of a organization.
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 @bman33: yes, course marshall yelled at him as he passed, no knowing that the banana man standing next to him was his dad. "If you jump that again you'll be disqualified!!" As my son approached the natural hip on his last lap I started yelling for him to "send it! it's your last race!! make your dad proud!" ..and he did.

@ggladstone: It wasn't just that one instance, and maybe I'm jaded from racing DH for so many years where it's all about having a good time with obnoxious cheering sections, but my son decided not to race the next year because he said everyone was so "stiff." He mentioned one section in a race where there was finally an opportunity to pass during the descent through a rock garden in practice but by race time they had blocked off the more advanced, but faster, line. I guess it's hard to adjust to the overly-serious calculated XC/Road culture when he's been racing bmx/dh/ds and dirt jumping since he was 5.
Kids get hurt in sports. I was a coach and roving EMT for the races and dealt with a few injuries that required time off the bike, but If we're going to sanitize a course and turn it into a road race with some dust out of fear of a boo-boo then why bother? No one is saying that the racers MUST boost the natural jumps in the course but don't penalize them if they're skilled enough to do it at race speed and maybe put some fun into a sport that is usually just a competition of who can pedal up the hill the fastest.
  • 4 6
 I know some people involved with coaching highschool teams and the amount of paperwork and BS involved to be a coach is pretty insane. 6 hours of reading "NICA's moral beliefs in racing" and going through all this training just to mildly supervise children that are usually more skilled than the coaches. UCI/Roadie style rules and coaching is cancer when at the end of the day its just people riding bikes trying to have fun
  • 4 5
 So true
I race for NICA and I get annoyed bc they won’t put features into the race. Like they will take out a downhills bc they r “too difficult” for riders
  • 11 0
 @sempertubby: It's all local. I don't know how other leagues operate. In NorCal we ride a lot of technical stuff, we make a lot of noise and have a good time. That being said, we also want to make sure that we do what we can to send people home having had a safe and fun experience that they want to repeat.
  • 12 3
 @bman33: Really? You’d call an entire organization devoted to the develop of kids through cycling pathetic due to the decision of a single course marshal? First, you should learn about some of the field sizes. They can have a lot of kids on course at a single time, and most are still developing their skills. And the kid jumping? While I admire the enthusiasm, how is anyone to know his or her skills? What teenager doesn’t overestimate their own capabilities and end up hurting themselves with some degree of regularity.
I’ve watched my own son transform as a result of NICA. He’s gone from anxious, and depressed to confident and poised. He’s healthier and happier. He’s done soccer, martial arts, skiing, and par cours, but none have had the impact of NICA.
  • 6 0
 @pinegrove: As a parent, I appreciate the effort to ensure the safety of my kids. Coaches spend a lot of time with the student athletes away from supervision. I’m glad they’re prepared to handle the sometimes questionable decisions my kids my make in the heat of the moment. Basic bike knowledge, riding skills, and first aid are critical. At least in my local program, it’s not mildly supervising. It’s a deliberate coach to athlete ratio. Beyond all the basics, I want to make sure there’s background checks for all involved.
  • 9 4
 No, I'm tired of these park rat kids that never learn to pedal a bicycle and zip around on ebikes. Get in shape when your young and healthy.
  • 11 2
 @sempertubby: I feel like it's my duty to say that anyone who dislikes this is an a*shole
  • 4 3
 @sigarsnsigarettes: yes, I call and entire organization that appears has a primary purpose of stunting the skills of certain kids all while sterilizing both the trails/race courses AND the very spirit of off mountain biking NOT for a single course marshal, but for yet another example of sterilization.

As another commenter mentions elsewhere, have you been to a BMX or motocross race with kids? ALL of them are jumping or at least attempting to. If kid A cannot/does not have the skills to jump, fine. However, if kid B does have those skills, NICA has no business squelching that. I am not saying set up a BMX course in the middle of an XC race. However, almost everyone I know attached to NICA comments on the agonizingly boring toned down courses. If average Joe can sign up for a local XC that includes jumps and technical sections, so can teens who often are in better condition. Have you see Baseball, American Football, and even Basketball? Plenty of injuries every singe year.

I applaud your son's growth in confidence in the sport and you backing him as a father. However, the kid above jumping a natural hip in NO way reduces the positive you son experiences by doing so. Are all the coaches/marshals lame? Of course not. That said, the NICA org itself has repressive 'rules' that are childish at best.
  • 3 1
 @ggladstone: yea but it sucks bc I live in Texas and they are so anti technical
  • 3 0
 My son is 10 now and needs to be 12 to race NICA in our area (northern Rockies). In the meantime, he loads up on shuttles and chairlifts, with the occasional climb. He wants to race, but the only racing available at that age is enduro and DH. He is very stoked on that. I am concerned that he will be let down by NICA because of this story where they penalize a competitor for just getting loose (aka, that takes advanced bike skills!) and having fun. My son has already told me he's not interested in racing those (flat, smooth) xc courses but will do NICA practices for the social benefits.

So yeah, this organization needs to change with the times and also appeal to progressing riders by making available DH and enduro formats. There are lots of kids and adults who don't want to race uphill and are more attracted to the style of riding and equipment of gravity oriented competition.
  • 4 0
 @sempertubby as a NICA parent and coach, I agree with you. My son races DH and Enduro, but does NICA because he gets to meet and ride with kids his age and near where we live. It is ridiculous that every season we have to teach all the students even the returning and experienced riders the basics...level pedals, bike body separation. NICA is a great program, they just need to grow and adapt.
  • 4 0
 I race NICA, and have loved it, for me, it’s more about riding with friends during the practice days than the races. Sure the races don’t allow all kinds of crazy stuff, but that’s obvious, it’s for high schoolers, they started as XC, and they will keep it as XC, even if I don’t agree with all the choices. In my opinion, they should leave the course more open to features, and fun.

This is all coming from the Wisconsin division, so I don’t speak for all NICA groups. I’ve had so many good memories, even if it’s not my favorite, i really enjoy them anyways.
  • 4 2
 @pinegrove: If all someone is doing is mildly supervising children, they don't have business being a coach of any sport or working with kids at all. Look at all the problems around both sexual abuse and injury issues that have hit the news in the last few decades. Coaching children appropriately is much more complicated than it was for peewee soccer back in the day. Any group working with children needs rules and adult training.

I remember Level 1 coach training taking about 2.5 hours or so. If a coach just wants to do the bare minimum, they can stay at Level 1 forever. If they want to improve as a coach and mentor, they can choose to take more trainings and increase their coach level.
  • 3 0
 @jb2mntbike: I think there’s always room to grow, usually the season can start slow, but it also allows you to push your skills, and learn more. Some coaches split groups and do more advanced stuff as well.
  • 1 0
 @Charlie-N: dislikes what? Lack of context in your comment.
  • 3 1
 @willdavidson9595: That's funny. I think you may surprised how skilled those "park rats" can be. Descending 10k+ vert a few times per week will do wonders for your confidence and command of the bike. It is actually physically demanding too, especially for your upper body.
  • 4 0
 ive raced nica in utah for the past 6 years and hit all the natural stuff on the courses that I can and i have never been yelled at or threatened to be dq'd. I think the older leagues like utah and california are a little more lax on the "no jumping" rule because the announcers cheer the kids on to do wild stuff on the course. As for the technical aspect of the course, you cant really expect a 13 year olds first race and a senior fighting for 1st in varsity are going to both enjoy the same course. They have to make compromises somewhere and that usually is the technical aspect of the course. i think they could do some alternate lines for JV and varisty races (they have done that in my league) to make it a bit more challenging and focus on bike skills. NICA is just about getting kids on bikes and having fun, you dont need to have the most wild and crazy XC course to have fun but i get it when you come from an enduro/dh background.
I think if you want to do some more techy XC races you should look for local xc races, i know in utah we have midweek and icup but there are USAC events that happen and i think its just a matter of finding out whats around you.
  • 2 0
 I can definitely tell where you're coming from, I have been racing for 3 years, and maybe it's just texas but they really don't care here. The races have jumped and they really don't monitor them until they become a problem. 100mm xc kids try to leave the ground by 1 inch and run into a barbed-wire fence. I wouldn't call it lame but monitored. it's also good training for enduro and DH.
  • 1 0
 @Daniel412206: yea I have raced for 3 also and now that I’m starting to race 2-3 laps they are even more strict ab jumping and no hands at the end
  • 20 2
 I am a coach in the Oregon league and our league is fantastic. I have never seen anybody disciplined for jumping anything. NICA is a great organization, let's not be negative about some thing that gets more kids on bikes.
  • 2 0
 One of our kids in the oregon league got a 5 minute penalty for wheeling over the finsih line last year.
  • 2 1
 @normar: That's just nuts. Overall, I think that NICA is a great idea and love love love the idea of promoting the sport with the youth. But if the youth aren't having fun, they will lose interest. Penalizing someone for being creative on a bike and flashing some skills is ridiculous. I bet that kid didn't go to the next race.
  • 2 1
 @MT36: If a kid wants to do all kinds of jumps, that’s what downhill and enduro are for. The races are also for girls, and younger kids who may not want to do the jumps, especially with a whole line of riders, it may be dangerous if someone hits a jump and crashes, and causes an entire pileup. The races are for cross country, and if you can throw steeze, do it. But don’t go to those races and expect there to be jumps everywhere.
  • 3 0
 @ChanceFuller: Sure. I think that would be bad having kids piling up on a jump. I was commenting on the five minute penalty for a wheelie, which seems a bit extreme. The message some of these NICA officials are sending is that it is for xc, and xc racing only, which I respect. In my locale, there are large, sprawling enduro style trails as well as bike parks, so the notion of getting penalized for having skills seems a bit weird and not a great way to promote the sport.
  • 1 0
 @MT36: Well, in my personal experience, that rule isn’t too bad. In Wisconsin, at the Eau Claire race last year, someone popped a wheelie, and their front wheel dropped out completely, and they broke their jaw. Personally, I think it’s a bit much, but I can kinda see why.
  • 1 0
 @ChanceFuller: That is 100% the fault of the mechanic (kid, parent, or coach) for not securing the wheel and nothing to do with the wheelie. I wasn't aware wheelies are against the rule as well. Wow... I ran XC in high school and bit of college. Sounds like that is more fun that NICA Tour de Path. I refer back to the reference about all other stick/ball sports for HS/Jr High kids. Endless injuries, but their sports go on.
I respect anyone coaching kids and providing an active outlet. However, NICA just seems repressive and anti-bike riding skills
  • 1 0
 Sorry to hear that. I'm in the Northern conference and I never saw any penalties, except at championships because someone forgot their number plate @normar:
  • 1 0
 @normar: that sucks, the announcers in utah go wild whenever a kid wheelies over the finish line, no penalties here
  • 19 5
 I have been a Norcal coach for 5 years, my son raced and now coaches as well. I can't speak for what happens in other places, but I have seen plenty of wheels off the ground at practice and races. I have also seen a lot of kids come off their bikes- sometimes with broken bones and worse. The rules are there to limit risk. If you want to get big air, go ahead- but do it on your own (my son and I were doing just that this weekend). NICA is a XC race league. It has done amazing things for cycling in North American (take a look at the alumni now on world tour teams) and has improved cycling for rest of us by expanding the number of cyclists, the amount of accessible trails and the range of equipment that companies produce to keep us all stoked (i.e. every advertiser on this platform). If you want to get excited about this come watch some of the middle school teams with 100+ riders. Those of you in WI, feel free to come out to CA and ride some real hills ;-)
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flag bman33 (Feb 8, 2022 at 15:30) (Below Threshold)
 yeah, because NO kid ever gets broken bones, concussions, etc. with Football, Baseball, etc. in HS sports. Give me a break.
  • 3 4
 Have you ever been to a BMX or motocross race? There are no rules against jumping, and frankly if your kid can’t do it and someone else’s can, that’s fine but don’t hold others back because you’re scared about your own kid getting hurt. Let’s not take it down to the lowest common denominator.

My son would be bored stiff if someone told him he couldn’t jump or take advanced lines. Guess we won’t be doing NICA when he’s in high school.
  • 2 0
 Wisconsin NICA racer checking in, Lacrosse has hills, but not more than 600ft of elevation, plenty of fun to be had if you know where to look.
  • 2 1
 @Reno233: then don’t do it? These races aren’t designed for the highly advanced, they are designed for people who enjoy being on a bike and racing. There’s no point to have a 10-30 foot jump on a CROSS COUNTRY course... do enduro and downhill if you want jumps. There are middle schoolers, and women who are doing these, that want the workout.

Tell me, what happens when someone is in the landing of a jump, and your cooking in, and smack into them. They limit risk for a reason.
  • 1 1
 @ChanceFuller: Who is asking for 10-30 foot jumps in NICA XC courses? Quick answers is no one on this thread at least. @Reno233's point was towards all the 'it's not safe' or 'teenagers/kids can't....' which is ridiculous. Should NICA XC courses be moto or BMX? For sure not. However, to ACTIVELY discourage wheels leaving the ground, even on a natural feature that 99% roll over OR to penalize someone for doing so is against the spirit of MTB, even XC.
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 @bman33: It was an exaggeration, but you have to realize the varied ability of people. Not every kid is gonna be nice, and not stomp a jump or try to pass someone on a rough tech section. It may already be a lot for some kids to do some of the courses. Particularly, here in Wisconsin at Nordic Mountain, there are plenty of kids who spent the weekend trying to poorly negotiate the course, and find easier lines. To make it more difficult discludes so many more kids than you realize, just to have other kids enjoy it. It’s a racing program for middle schoolers, and high schoolers.

Not many NICA divisions have the rules against wheels leaving the ground at this point anyways. My final point being is that by making the courses more suited to the more advanced, it really discludes a lot of younger people.
  • 4 0
 That's funny...the NICA website says it's a "mountain biking" organization. I don't see "XC race league" NICA is promoting a very specific genre of the sport and telling kids that THIS is mountain biking all while discouraging the style of riding prominent in the other, more popular, genres. Perhaps a pinkbike poll is in order to see if sanitized XC racing actually represents what mountain biking is to most riders...I'd say that the poll result would land heavily on the "XC racing is for roadies tired of getting hit by cars" option in the poll.

"Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States."
  • 19 12
 Any NICA rider can go to the local jumps and send anything they want. Nobody cares. A time and a place for everything including backflips.

But during a race, or practice:

Any NICA coach, Pop Warner coach, or T Ball coach, will tell you: The most obnoxious riders always have the obnoxious douchedaddies with the backwards Fox Hat (or Raiders Cap, or Dodgers hat), complaining about their little Timmay not being allowed to send it, or spike the ball, or cleat the catcher DURING THE GAME.
  • 9 10
 So when Nino does it, its' okay? Your comment is a complete 'douchedaddy' comment. MTB is NOT Baseball, Soccer, or any other stick/ball sport. Style while riding/racing (XC, DH, Slalom, Enduro, etc.) is part of the very nature of our two-wheeled sport. Sounds like you might be the type stick in the mud 'roadie' type mentality @sempertubby and others loath about many (not all) NICA coaches and officials.
  • 6 0
 The kid in the turquoise helmet looking like he just shit in his chamois up that climb
  • 5 0
 NICA's been an awesome experience for me so far, however, I would like to see it expand outward into gravity and other disciplines of mountain biking.
  • 3 0
 What a difficult position to fill. Ms. Caray is a great choice for the role with a huge task in front of her.
It does seem here there is some misunderstanding of what NICA is. Part of that might be the expectation that it should be everything to everybody. NICA is not a substitute USAC. It is not even a “race organization”, although there is racing. NICA should be considered a framework or structure in which states and then community school groups can build biking programs. The power to do this comes from the love of parents for their kids, but really, it is from the love for everyone’s kids. In a nutshell, NICA is the parent along on the ride, with all that brings. Done well, NICA programs provide a place for kids to make friends with other kids around the sport of cycling. Done well, NICA is a place for kids to “fall in love with cycling”.
  • 1 0
 Stated so well! This is exactly why NICA has been so popular and grown so quickly.
  • 1 0
 I rode nica for a while and it treated me well. There's a certain point the league just isn't competitive enough for some people, though. I think there needs to be a more serious portion of the league for those who want to work harder, and they need to get rid of that stupid ass 4 foot jump length limit.
  • 1 0
 Hey, Pink Bikers, most kids don't give a crap about the camps you guys cling to so tightly. They just want to ride. Period. They ride gravel. They ride parks. Pump tracks. XC. Road. Gravity. It's all riding. They evolve. It's the old dudes on this site who are so stuck in their mindsets and definitions, constantly aggrieved. NICA and all of the non-NICA programs around the nation are young and will most likely evolve into broader aspects of the sport as well.
  • 3 0
 Wisconsin NICA just announced a new director as well, what a coincidence that the picture us of the Wisconsin league.
  • 8 1
 Is the jumping ban still in place?
  • 2 0
 @DaFreerider44: jumping ban???
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 @AFunFox: Yeah it's the dumbest shit I've ever dealt with. Didn't stop me from throwing 180's and jibbing curbs tho
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 @DaFreerider44: ok but what exactly does it entail?
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flag DaFreerider44 (Feb 8, 2022 at 12:36) (Below Threshold)
 @AFunFox: basically if you get airborne some yee yee Walmart discount section ass "mtb" coach would yell at you and potentially kick you off the team if they caught you doing it often enough. Back home insouth eastern wisco there's mostly dirt sidewalk trails so there aren't too many jumps or really any features of any kind. I did it in high school to get it on my transcript so I could potentially look good for any colleges.
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 @DaFreerider44: dang. What a load of crap
  • 3 4
 @AFunFox: Yeah I'm pretty sure all of my buddies back home quit after they really started cracking down. It wasn't as bad a couple years back before I graduated but I've heard it's gotten worse. Honestly if I could talk to someone higher up in the NICA Wisconsin league I wish I could just talk to them and explain how F*cking stupid it really is
  • 16 4
 The jumping "ban" is actually just a limit in most places, where they don't allow kids to hit jumps above a certain height. It's not stupid at all, because the likelihood of being injured and the severity of the injury goes up the larger or more technical a feature is. The limit isn't for kids who like you and me could easily hit any jump on trails our team took us to, but for the less experienced riders who might get really injured. That opens up a pathway for NICA to be sued into next Tuesday by angry parents, but that rule, which is in their official rulebook/handbook, means they can place all blame for injuries on jumps onto either the coaches of the injured kid's team or the kid themselves. It's all about liability for rider injuries, if the rider is doing something they are not allowed to do, then it's not NICA's fault. My coaches are thankfully pretty cool about it, and let us hit what we feel comfortable with, but it's made clear that it is our choice and our responsibility if we exceed our abilities or get hurt.
  • 4 0
 @DaFreerider44: Here in Idaho, where Carey is/was a coach/director of a team, the "jumping" rule or regulation has been relaxed. I have pictures of my son getting a little steezy and the crowds cheering him on. Now its cross country so steezy is a little sideways over a 3 foot roller/gap, but still. I would say it depends on the state and the league honestly.
  • 2 0
 @DaFreerider44: man, the Dean is such a square. I don't care about double secret probation...I wanna rock!
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 @HGAB: What they should be doing is teaching the kids how to jump safely so if they do get airborne or if they want to they can. compare this to prohibition. before prohibition they had rules on who could drink, how long you can stay up drinking, etc; but when they put prohibition in they lost all of that. also, if they teach how to jump safely, it still places the blame on the rider for crashing becuase he did something wrong and it wasnt because he froze up in fear while airborne. just a thought
  • 3 1
 @HGAB: That's so lame. Go check out a bmx race. Tons of little kids from 4yes on up sending it safely and learning how to progress instead of just becoming dirt roadies.

NICA: There might be a scratch in little Timmy! Better shut it down and pave the course!
  • 4 1
 @lukberger: I’m not saying I like it but it makes sense. And it prevents injury. Especially in places with high-schoolers and middle-schoolers riding the same courses, there might be high schoolers totally capable of hitting tough features, but there will also be younger kids who could get really hurt trying to hit a feature. Try thinking about those kids instead of whining about the kids who can literally just go ride somewhere else and hit whatever features they want on their own time. NICA is an XC league, and as such the trails the kids ride reflect that.
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 @HGAB: Back at home they didn't even bother teaching the little ones how to jump at all. They kind of just skipped over it completely. I understand the need for safety, but honestly the fact that they're not even teaching kids how to control their bikes airborne is one of the dumbest things I've ever encountered. Mind you it probably isn't very safe. Also thank you guys for allowing me to vent. I just wish I could have a semi-decent conversation with the NICA heads and try and understand their headspace for banning a whole part of the sport completely.
  • 4 0
 Congrats Amanda! Cant wait for next season.
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 Very impressive CV, looks like Amanda is a very committed and driven person. NICA is in good hands.
  • 4 2
 Gotta say NICA can suck a fat one. Saw them tear down some big jumps as a “team building exercise in trail maintenance” we need more freeride and less XC
  • 1 0
 Where did this happen?
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 In California @Jamminator:
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 Now that there's somebody new taking the reigns perhaps they can make the racing actually fun? At the very least make it actual mountain biking rather than a glorified road race on dirt. While I'm not saying it should go full Enduro (although that would be sick and I would totally be down for that) at least add some tech sections, some jumps, something other than a boring flat dirt path.
  • 4 0
 Agreed 100%.

I don’t know about all of you other parents but i try to help introduce my kids to the type of trails and riding that are found in the mountains where we live. The result is they have learned how to be well rounded riders with strong technical skills by a young age. If I told asked them to join a league where they couldn’t go too fast, jump, or take challenging lines they’d be over it so fast.
  • 2 0
 Nice work Amanda! From one Teton valley local to another, you're a terrific fit for the role!
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 NICA are the fun police of the bike racing world. A bunch of dogmatic rule obsessed leadership folks are driving coaches and kids away from the really fun world of XC racing. I am hopeful other race organizers will notice the rapid growth of NICA membership and create more youth mountain bike races that aren't so sanitized.
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 The nation wide search: whoops she's right here.
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 Congratulations Amanda!
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 Yalls NICA must suck. Head over to texas
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 Do u have a race this weekend?
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 I have a race this weekend and I’m not that exited
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 I am in Texas
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 And it sucks
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 lol, just don't get caught, North texas?

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