How NICA is Changing Mountain Bike Culture

NICA isn't just increasing participation in mountain biking. It's also having an impact on the culture of our sport.

Amanda Carey is the President of NICA, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, a non-profit that develops mountain biking programs for student athletes across the United States. Prior to joining NICA, Amanda served as the executive director of Mountain Bike the Tetons and as a mountain bike coach.

  • What drew you to mountain biking initially? What’s kept you so engaged over the years? 
  • What do you think has kept mountain biking from growing more than it has over the past couple of decades?
  • How is NICA impacting mountain bike participation? 
  • How can NICA teams attract new student athletes who don’t have a family cycling background? Why choose mountain biking over another sport?
  • How would you characterize the level of competition at NICA races?
  • What is NICA doing to encourage trail building and maintenance?
  • Is there a demand for a more gravity-oriented youth riding program? 
  • What advice do you have for parents of NICA athletes?
  • What are the biggest opportunities for NICA over the next five years? How can Singletracks listeners help support your mission?

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