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Youth Mountain Bike Racing Returns to Mountain Home

Arkansas Interscholastic Cycling Association (AR NICA) returns for its 7th season with races around the state. AR NICA will descend on the beautiful Clysta Willett park for two days of mountain bike riding and racing.

AR NICA is expected to bring in an estimated 600 racers and 1200 spectators to the Mountain Home area for the weekend.

The 2022 event series brings over 800 student-athletes, 300 coaches, and hundreds of volunteers across the state for six event weekends:
● August 13 GRiT Race Springhill Park, Barling, AR
● August 27-28 Prelude Time Trial Old Post Park, Russellville, AR
● September 10-11 Race #1 Springhill Park, Barling, AR
● September 24-25 Race #2 Cedar Glades, Hot Springs, AR
● October 15-16, 2022 Race #3 Clysta Willett Park, Mountain Home, AR
● November 5-6, 2022 Race #4 Centennial Park, Fayetteville, AR


“We are excited to come back to Mountain Home again. Last year was our first time here, the city was very welcoming, and we had a special weekend of racing,” 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.”

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.

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 30 states with more than 10,000 volunteer coaches and 40,000 student-athletes participating.

Arkansas’s NICA chapter was formed in 2016 under the direction of Kyla Templeton.

For more information regarding team development, sponsorship opportunities, hosting a race or event, or general information please reach out to League Director Terry Coddington.

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