NICA President Steve Matous Resigns

Nov 24, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
Photos from the NICA event held on Trek s private trails.

NICA announced yesterday that Steve Matous has resigned as the organization's president and has temporarily been replaced by the current Vice President of Programs, Amanda Carey.

Matous was hired in spring 2019 as part of a five-year plan for NICA's growth. A former executive director for both Outward Bound USA and The Access Fund, among other positions, his involvement with NICA was intended to see the nonprofit through a period of strengthening NICA's programming, shifting the organization's marketing and revenue strategies, and improving kids' access to mountain biking. When the pandemic hit, Matous directed NICA through the resulting bike industry upheaval and two challenging race seasons. He resigned to pursue other interests, NICA said.

bigquotesSteve joined NICA in 2019, and was an effective leader for the organization, including guiding NICA through a global pandemic and challenging times. We are grateful for his passion, leadership and commitment he brought to the NICA community.NICA

The plans to find a new president have not yet been announced, but in the meantime, Carey has stepped in and will work with other NICA leaders to keep the organization moving forward. Carey has been involved with NICA since 2015 at both the local and national levels as a coach, team director, GRiT (Girls Riding Together) Program Manager, Coach Licensing Manager, and Vice President of Programs.

bigquotesWe are confident that Amanda will continue the work of supporting strong and thriving NICA-affiliated interscholastic cycling leagues across the U.S., and remaining focused on NICA’s core mission, vision and values and on supporting our leagues in their efforts to get even more kids on bikes.NICA



28 Comments

  • 24 0
 Off to start E-NICA
  • 14 3
 Is the the league where you can't jump?
  • 9 0
 Used to be. Thankfully, they've abandoned the prohibition, but the courses don't generally lend to jumping very much.
  • 4 4
 No. Each state follows the same league wide rules. Having those skills directly relates to bike handling skills in general. Number one priority is risk management. These kids are fast. Sometimes the wheels leave the ground to cover technical terrain faster. It’s important to be comfortable with those skills.
  • 2 0
 @Deadclmbr: Yes, actually. In states that follow the NICA rulebook exclusively and don't have their own rules, like Kentucky, you can be given some form of time or placement penalty for hitting a purpose-built jump on the trail. They often have course marshals stationed at any spots on a trail that have jumps to make sure they see kids who break the rule.
  • 2 0
 @HGAB: All of our NICA race courses are purpose-built for the race and have no purpose-built jumps. I guess that what I’m referring to is how the league has deviated from “wheels on the ground” exclusively. We follow the rules in WV and are not hitting jumps for the sake of hitting jumps. Wheels do leave the ground naturally, therefore it is a good skill to have when navigating roots or rock gardens.
  • 12 3
 Steve is a good friend, I wish him the best wherever his pursuits may take him! Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 7 0
 The old "pursue other interests" corporate speak...
  • 2 0
 Better than saying his colleagues were a bunch of assholes
  • 1 0
 Hey I was there at that race in the photo... Trek farm race was sick, great venue, cool to see the testing grounds of those bikes, especially cool to see where my bike was born. Wisconsin NICA league FTW
  • 3 1
 What is NICA?
  • 3 0
 Kids mountain bike racing. Mostly XC.
  • 5 1
 Dick pounds your mom
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