Try Mountain Biking? How?
In support of our vision to enable every New Jersey teenager to experience NICA, we are proud to offer our “Try it Out” program beginning in the spring of 2018. Many students interested in joining our league have never ridden a mountain bike. Many do not have a bicycle. Many more are not even aware of our program. Additionally, our female participation numbers are below NICA’s national average.
The Try it Out initiative seeks to address these concerns! It is meant to afford these students an opportunity to meet their local NICA Team, Coaches and League Staff at organized fun rides. “So you are saying there are mountain bike teams all over New Jersey, and I can Try it Out for free?! No way!” Yes, way!
Every new student who participates in a Try it Out ride during the 2018 calendar year will receive a commemorative t-shirt, showing friends and family that they tried mountain biking with the NJICL!
Several rides on the schedule each year will be all-girl affairs in full support of our NICA Girls Riding Together (GRiT) & NJ Girls Rock! initiatives.
How it Works
We deliver a trailer full of high quality mountain bikes, helmets and gear to communities throughout the state. Dates and locations are coordinated with existing teams or teams trying to form at their local high school or middle school. The local coaching staff or potential coaching staff can use the event to bolster community interest in NICA and mountain biking.
We take safety very seriously in NICA, in fact it is our primary concern. Rides are led by trained, certified, insured and background checked NICA Coaches registered with the New Jersey League. Parents, school administrators and potential local team supporters are encouraged to attend the event and check out what NICA has to offer.
How to Contact Us
To request a ride at your school, local trails or park, and for general league questions, please contact us via email: email@example.com
- March 4th: Noon to 4pm – Camp Edge, Camp Edge Road, Alloway, NJ 08001
- March 18th: Noon to 4pm – Gloucester Township Park, Turnerville Hickstown Rd, Sicklerville, NJ 08081
- March 25th: Noon to 4pm – Croft Farms, 100 Bortons Mill Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
- April 4th: 11am to 3 pm – Columbia Trailhead Parking, 73 Main St, High Bridge, NJ 08829 **Shred Girls | NICA GRiT | NJ Girls Rock ride with Molly Hurford!**
Students are invited to come out and meet acclaimed author and Bicycling Magazine contributor Molly Hurford. Molly and her husband Peter Glassford will be on site for a meet and greet, rides and fun! Rumor has it that the Girls ride will finish up with an Ice Cream social at Gronsky’s! Shred girls: You can sign up on Molly’s page and send her questions before the ride: http://shred-girls.com/NICAclinic
We have many more opportunities to Try it Out this year, and will update the schedule regularly!
NJ’s Try it Out program was made possible thanks to a grant from the Tina and Richard V. Carolan Foundation, who fully funded the program from its inception. With their incredibly generous support, the future is very bright for our league and the youth of New Jersey.
Welcome to the NJ Mountain Biking Revolution!