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Arkansas Interscholastic Cycling Association (AR NICA) returns for its 8th season with races around the state. AR NICA will descend on the beautiful Clysta Willet Park this coming weekend for two days of mountain bike riding and racing.
AR NICA will bring an estimated 700 racers, 350 Coaches and over 1500 spectators to the city of Mountain Home over the span of the event.
The 2023 event series brings athletes, coaches and families, volunteers from all across Arkansas and Oklahoma for six event weekends:
● August 12 GRiT Race Harrison AR
● August 26-27 Prelude Time Trial North Akansas College, Harrison AR
● September 9-10 Race #1 Springhill Park, Barling, AR
● September 23-24 Race #2 Clysta Willett Park, Mountain Home, AR
● October 7-8, Race #3 Cedar Glades Park, Hot Springs, AR
● October 27-28, Race #4 Centennial Park, Fayetteville, AR
“We are excited to come back to Mountain Home again. This is our 3rd year of hosting an event in Mountain Home. We look forward to it each year. The community made it feel so special that we could not wait to come back” says Terry Coddington, League Director at Arkansas NICA. “Mountain Biking is a life sport that anyone can do and we would like to invite the community to come out and see how awesome these young athletes are. We are really youth development on two wheels.”
Arkansas NICA’s goal is to increase access to mountain biking throughout the state for any student-athlete wanting to participate. AR NICA focuses on more than racing, league participants and families enjoy programs and events like GRiT: Girls Riding Together, focused on building community within athletes, trail maintenance and environmental stewardship through Teen Trail Corps, skills camps and clinics, coaches training and development, and Adventure programming that combines mountain biking with games and outdoor experiential education.
“It’s really youth development on two wheels, we just happen to race bikes in the process” says Coddington
Arkansas NICA was formed in 2016 under the direction of Kyla Templeton and Alan Ley and is in its 8th season.
Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA’s mission and vision center around youth development, building strong minds, bodies, and character while empowering youth to belong to a thriving and engaged cycling community. NICA has leagues in 33 states with more than 10,000 volunteer coaches and 40,000 student-athletes participating.
For more information regarding team development, sponsorship opportunities, hosting a race or event, or general information please reach out to League Director Terry Coddington.