We had such a fantastic season in 2022, with another banner year for participation. Thanks to all the riders and coaches who embraced the NICA ethos, gave their all to the team, brought kindness and inclusivity to the group, and worked hard during practices and races. We look forward to the 2023 season!
Our mountain bike team is fortunate to have many places to ride in the Madison area, and we show our gratitude by dedicating volunteer time as a team to maintaining those trails. Working on trails during our team season benefits our team by keeping the trails safe, as well as fun and challenging to ride. It also means those trails are maintained for other community members, including kids, parents, and other riders who might want to join us as student athletes or coaches someday. Plus, trail work is fun! Stay tuned for more trail work opportunities in 2023, and until then, check out CORP for trail conditions, trail work days, and other activities and events: https://www.madcitydirt.com/
Did you know that Trek Bicycle Corporation has its own trails, right next door to its headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin, for employees to ride? Yep, and they’re SPECTACULAR. Every year, Trek generously invites NICA student athletes from around Wisconsin to celebrate the conclusion of the mountain bike season with a final race–the state champtionship. It’s always an awesome weekend, and this year was made even more fun with cool events Saturday night like a dance party, and a hidden juice bar with a DJ on the race course Sunday morning. Thanks so much to Trek!
At the end of each season, the Madison West mountain bike teams celebrate the season at the Quarry Park trails, taking a few laps before relaxing with food, friends, and coaches. Special thanks to the Hermit of Quarry Park for organizing this festive conclusion to the season!
We’re having a great season so far, with so many fun practices, adventure rides at Camrock and Kettle Moraine, and races in Cable, Englewood Farms, Minooka Park, and Nordic Mountain. Check out some of our great photos!
Join us for a Women’s Clinic June 11!
This female coach recruitment clinic is aimed at moms who might want to start riding with their kids and/or women who might be interested in helping coach. It’s targeted at inexperienced adult riders–we’ll teach basic skills and introduce participants to GRiT and the role of female coaches in getting more girls on bikes.
Join the East Madison Mountain Bike Team for their GRiT Try It Out event on June 7. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-riding-together-grit-mtb-try-it-out-tickets-334683014907
Our team was featured on Channel 3000 on May 17! Check out this page for three segments featuring interviews with coaches and athletes + some fun footage of us riding at Quarry Park!
NICA’s GRiT initiative aims to recruit and retain more female-identifying riders and coaches in co-ed NICA programs. Please invite any female-identifying friends who are interested in trying out a mountain bike to join us at Blackhawk for some instruction, games, beginner rides, and prizes!
We asked and the City of Madison responded. The City of Madison Parks Division is considering the construction of a one-mile single track trail around the perimeter of Walnut Grove Park, near Memorial HS, with construction beginning late 2022 or 2023. For more info, see the Project Webpage. Our team requested more trails in Madison, so let’s show up for the meetings! Please save the date and attend this May 5 New Trail Virtual Public Meeting to comment and show your support.