How do I start a high school mountain bike team?

Anyone — students, parents, teachers, bike shops, trail clubs, community members, school administrators — can potentially begin a cycling club at their local high school or in their community!

It takes a small, dedicated group who wants to bring this opportunity to life and find the path to success for you, your crew, and your community. Working with a local school, with a few districts in your area, through another community organization, or by forming something new are all possible pathways to success! This is not traditional and typical youth sport. We encourage our participants to do more than just one thing with life. We want that to be true for our volunteer coaches and organizers too. Our Coaching Council is happy to speak with you about a range of team organizational structures and management methods to make this work for you and for your community. Connect with our Council at CoachingCouncil@pamtb.org.

Next, you’ll need to meet a few NICA coaching requirements to get started.


How do I recruit kids for a team?

Various teams have had success with many different recruiting techniques. Hosting a Bike Club table at Club Rush (or whatever your high school Club recruitment day is called) is a great way to garner initial interest. Meeting with the Athletic Director in order to educate he/she about your new club is another idea. Check out our interactive map to find out if there is a club in your area! If you don’t see one close, email the Pennsylvania League at info@pamtb.org and ask how to get involved. Put an article in the school newspaper, get parents to talk to other parents, send an email to your school’s Boosters Club. There are lots of ways to get kids interested in cycling!


Do I have to have insurance for a club or team?

Yes. Do not run a program without adequate insurance coverage! NICA provides comprehensive liability insurance to all teams and coaches who officially register with the Pennsylvania League.


Are scholarships available for coaching or race entry fees?

The Pennsylvania League is able to provide scholarships to registered League coaches athletes who are in need of financial assistance. Please email info@pamtb.org for information on how to apply for a scholarship.


Do you have any cycling gear that our team can buy?

Yes, we do. Want to support the league and pick up some sweet gear? Check out the PICL web store where you’ll find Ts, sweatshirts, socks, bottles, noisemakers, and more! All proceeds from the sale of these items are reinvested into our programming efforts!

The Pennsylvania League receives new and used cycling clothing to support the league, teams, and individual riders. We have this gear available at the merchandise table at our events, for a small fee, to support the league. If you or your team is in need of greater support we are happy to work with you to make sure you have what you need! Please email us at info@pamtb.org and let us know what you need.


Can I get a good deal or discount on a new bike?

The best way to “get a deal” is to first show what you and your team can do for your local bicycle retailer. Most retailers have discount programs available to them through our great NICA partners like Trek Bicycles or Specialized Bikes, but no retailer is under any obligation to provide those discount programs to NICA teams — and some retailers don’t even know those programs exist because NICA is so new!

Just riding a bike, even if you ride it fast, and putting out some nice FB/IG/Snap imagery doesn’t provide much value to your partners.

The best advice we can offer is, don’t go looking for “a deal,” but rather become a friend of your local retailer and partner with them to improve cycling in your community for the benefit of everyone! Help introduce their store to more people where you live! Get involved in TTC efforts to give back to both your local community and the cycling community as a representative of your sponsors. Bring your friends, your parents, their friends, and more out on rides and show them how much fun this is! Be courteous on the trails and represent your partners professionally at all times.

If you and your team are a great partner for your sponsor — and this goes for any sponsor, not just the local bike retailer — you’ll find that they are excited to offer you incentives that grow with your mutual success. Now, get out there and find some partners!


Do we race in all weather?

  • Races are held on their scheduled dates unless the race course on the day of the race is deemed un-rideable and dangerous.
  • The League will have the option to delay the start of a race from the published times if the weather has created dangerous conditions.
  • Courses and/or lap lengths may be altered or shortened because of weather conditions. Last minute changes will be broadcast to racers at the start of each wave via the race announcer. If conditions require a change in number of laps during a race, a person will be stationed at the lap line advising riders of the change.
  • The League will develop a wet weather course alterations in case of extremely wet conditions that threaten the trails used for the race.
  • All racing will stop immediately in the presence of lightning as signified by the chief referee. Racing may continue once the league director, chief referee, and the head timer have conferred.
  • Re-starting a race that has been stopped due to lightning;
    – depending on schedule and number of laps completed, the race may be declared over
    – if time permits, racers will be able to resume laps beginning from the lap line

  • Communication of delays, changes in start time, courses, and so on will be made by the League as follows:
      – on the league web site prior to the race day, if possible.
      – on the public address system on the race day.
      – via forms of social media.
  • League will not refund pre-registration fees due to inclement weather.
  • League does not allow registration transfers to subsequent races due to inclement weather.

(Note, PA Weather Policy is standard NICA League policy)