The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League is a non-profit 501(c)3 NICA Project League. The league was organized in 2014 with the goal to provide fun, safe, and competitive mountain biking opportunities for middle (grades 6-8) & high school students in the Commonwealth. The league will also provide structured training programs for prospective coaches, riders, and school officials.
With the cooperation of our staff, volunteers, partners, and sponsors, we will be able to provide a competitive mountain bike experience for all. Pennsylvania students in grade 6-12 will begin racing in the fall of 2016.
The Pennsylvania league is currently focused on preparing for our first steps towards becoming a Commonwealth wide league.
In the Fall of 2015 we are focused on visiting regional schools, bike shops, and trails to share our plans for the future and gather some support from you! We have some preliminary events scheduled for the Fall. Please let us know if there is an event that you believe we should be at.
Regardless of ability level, the Pennsylvania League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes in accordance with NICA’s Five Core Principles: Inclusive, Equal, Strong Body, Strong Mind and Strong Character. In turn, Pennsylvania’s goal is to create life-long cyclists who are conscientious, responsible and empowered.
The Pennsylvania League is committed to teaching safe riding practices. We believe forming high school teams is the best way for students to learn how to ride safely. To learn safe riding techniques or to learn how to teach these skills, join our next rider camp or coaches conference. For up to date news and info join our e-mail list, or send an e-mail directly to email@example.com and let us know how you’d like to get involved.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Matt Fritzinger, a teacher at Berkeley High, founded the League with the 2001 NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing Series. As the coach of the Berkeley High team he saw that a school team could succeed, but that competition would be required for it to thrive. In the first series mountain bikers from schools all over Northern California answered the call and came to compete as semi-organized high school teams. Now well over 50 California schools offer well organized mountain bike programs and is spreading to states all over
The Pennsylvania High School Cycling League works to establish and maintain safe, quality high school mountain bike programs. The League is responsible for establishing a climate that will:
- Provide students who have the desire to mountain bike with the coaching and camaraderie that will help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross-country mountain biking goals in a safe and enjoyable manner;
- Develop an awareness of what it is to be an amateur athlete that is both gracious and respectful to their community;
- Create an environment in which they may discover new friendships and find role models;
- Guide students towards learning new skills and disciplines, and spread the foundations of mountain bike racing across the U.S.;
- Foster a responsible attitude toward the use of trails and wilderness;
- Promote the value of cycling to our community as a mode of transportation and as a life long sport.