WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO
We are a youth development organization that uses mountain biking to inspire healthy lifestyles, build strong communities, and teach respect for the environment. We are building strong minds, bodies, and character in an equal and inclusive environment.
Empower youth through mountain biking.
Develop and support programs and curriculum that allow us to reach into every PA community and introduce students of every skill level and background to the positive benefits of mountain biking.
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We are driving toward a future where every student in PA has access to Adventure and Competitive mountain bike programming and is encouraged to robustly engage in community service through Teen Trail Corps directed trail stewardship activities.
Every day we work to develop and support programs and curriculum that allow us to reach into communities across the Commonwealth and introduce students of every skill level and background to the many diverse, positive benefits of mountain biking.
We welcome students with all levels of riding experience and invite them to explore this life-long sport. We provide class-leading Competitive experiences across the state, with more to come as we grow in more places, but there is no mandate to race. For riders uninterested in racing, We’ve created an entirely new opportunity – to participate in Adventure experiences, which are open to those who just want to explore and smell the roses. Students can incorporate Adventure rides into their racing schedules too. We weave threads of community service and character development through it all, even as we’re out having a blast weaving our way through PA’s incredible forested single track trails.
At least one PA Interscholastic Cycling League program in every PA county by 2025. Get in touch to find out how you can make this happen where you live!
PICL History & Timeline
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League is a non-profit 501(c)3 NICA Project League. League organization began 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. We were officially launched in the fall of 2015 and held our first season of events in the fall of 2016 setting records for a first year league in the process.
In the fall of 2017 Pennsylvania piloted the Teen Trail Corps, a trail stewardship program for all participants that employs four pillars of stewardship – Speak, Respect, Serve, and Ride – to instill a commitment to community service as a component of our programming.
Our commitment to providing program that speaks to all our participants continued to evolve with the launch of Adventure programming for the 2018 season. PA is again piloting this programming for our national organization as part of our commitment to continual improvement and innovation. This non-competitive programming option is key to our strategy to make the benefits of mtb accessible and appealing to every student in PA.
The league provides structured training programs for prospective coaches, riders, and school officials.
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.