NICA

NICA sees a future where every American youth has the opportunity to build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling. Founded in 2009, NICA develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA is an organization that creates and operates mountain bike racing leagues for middle school and high school students around the country.


Ohio Mountain Bike League (OMBL) is the statewide organization for all NICA teams across Ohio fulfilling the mission stated above. In 2021, the OMBL launched the first official race series with four races. Locally, one of the races was hosted at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs - this will be the home course for our region.

About Our Local Team


Our team, the Miami Valley Trailblazers, is a composite team with student-athletes from all around the Greater Dayton region. Our team and most NICA teams are co-ed so practices are mixed together, but races are in different age and gender categories. Our team is supported by generous sponsors and committed coaches.


Eligibility

The age eligibility for NICA student-athletes is 6th through 12th grade starting this fall. Please contact us with any questions about this requirement. Riders do not need to have prior mountain bike racing experience.


How to Register

****Registration is now open for student-athletes and Coaches****

Please contact us here to register your student-athlete for the MVMBA composite NICA team. Once you contact us, we will send you an invite from the NICA Pit Zone to register your student-athlete. After that, you will receive more details about practice locations, time/day, and what your child will need to have fun and participate fully.


Fees/Scholarships*

The cost to register a student-athlete is $150. There are four races scheduled for the season and each race costs $50 per student-athlete to race. Racing is optional. MVMBA is providing one team jersey to each “practice-ready” (registered) student-athlete by July 13th. After that date, registered student-athletes will receive a team tech t-shirt.

*Scholarships may be available for highly-interested student-athletes that also have a financial barrier of entry to the sport of mountain biking. The commitment of the student-athlete and eligibility requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. MVMBA is committed to building a more diverse and equitable mountain biking community.


Interested in Coaching

The Miami Valley Trailblazers have a great group of mostly first-time coaches. Please visit the OMBL website for more details on becoming a coach. Coaching is a great way to inspire the next generation of mountain bikers. NICA has a coaching certification requirement and a background check requirement to get started. No prior coaching experience is necessary.


Interest Form & Team Questionnaire

Ready to sign up? Not sure you want to participate yet? Either way, no problem. Just fill out this interest form and reach out if you have more questions.