Try it Out Program

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 thanks to the incredible support of the NJICL from the Tina and Richard V. Carolan Foundation. Although NICA is considered one of the key growth segments in american cycling today, many students interested in joining our league have never ridden a mountain bike. Many do not own a bicycle. Many more are not even aware of our program. We are not yet in every school in the state. 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 our Try it Out rides  receives a commemorative t-shirt, showing friends and family that they tried mountain biking with the NJICL!

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 Schedule a Ride

To request a ride at your school, local trails or park, and for general league questions, please contact us via email: info@newjerseymtb.org

Please click here to sign up for rides in advance. There is no cost to attend!

Check out our Events calendar below for the latest rides.

We have many more opportunities to Try it Out this year, and will update the schedule regularly!

To save time, please click here download and sign the participation agreement prior to the ride.

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October 2018

Try It Out!

October 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedar Grove Community Park, Slattery Drive
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 United States
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FREE Youth Mountain Biking Event for Girls & Boys 6th grade to 12th grade. Details & info here: http://www.newjerseymtb.org/tryitout/

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Try It Out (BMX)

October 20, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Hunterdon County BMX, 314 Rt 12 North
Flemington, 08822 United States
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FREE Youth Mountain Biking (BMX SPECIFIC) Event for Girls & Boys 6th grade to 12th grade. Details & info here: http://www.newjerseymtb.org/tryitout/ Track is open to all from 9:30am- 11:30am. Skills clinic begins at 1:30pm

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November 2018

Try it Out – High Bridge

November 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nassau Trails, 8 Nassau Road
High Bridge, NJ 08829
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Nov 3rd – Try it Out – High Bridge, 9a – noon, 8 Nassau Rd, High Bridge, NJ 08829

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Try It Out – Chester

November 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Highland Ridge Park, 50-120 North Road
Chester, 07930
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Join us in Chester for another Try It Out ride!

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March 2019

** Cancelled** Try it Out – WILDWOOD RIPTIDES!

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
zippy’s bicycles, 3900 Pacific Ave
Wildwood, NJ 08260
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***Cancelled*** Due to the mopst recent forecast we have been forced to cancel this Try It Out event in Wildwood. We will be back on the 23rd and looking for a sunny day!      

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Try It Out – WILDWOOD RIPTIDES!

March 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Zippy’s Bikes, 3900 Pacific Ave
Wildwood , nj
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Free!! Free!! Free!! (Be sure to sign up below so we know how many bikes to bring) Signup: https://goo.gl/forms/QEttHkkYPwBw59nP2 Who: Students in grades 6 through 12 (Girls & Boys - no experience necessary) Bikes and helmets provided! Please dress for the weather and come have some fun! In the event of cancellation due to weather or unforeseen circumstances we will email all respondents and post on our social media FB: @nicanewjersey   IG: @nicanewjersey Where: Location: Zippy's Bicycles 3900 Pacific Ave,…

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April 2019

Adventure Day, Try It Out, GRiT Ride & Pre-Ride!

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on April 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 1, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

What is NJICL Adventure?!  Adventure is all about having fun on bikes! Team up with friends, go for a ride and have fun with challenges and activities before, along the way and after the ride. We will provide student-athletes the opportunity to engage in quality outdoor education, experiential and social opportunities outside of and/or in addition to mountain bike racing. Lear more, see dates, aily schedule & locations here:  http://www.newjerseymtb.org/nj-events/adventure-program/ Girls Riding Together (GRiT) Ride - 2:15 -All female athletes throughout…

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Try it Out – Camden County College

April 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

If you have a 6-12th grader who would like to try out mountain biking, please email us to reserve a spot at this event! http://www.newjerseymtb.org/nj-events/tryitout/

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Try It Out – Camden County College

April 14 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

If you have a 6-12th grader who would like to try out mountain biking, please email us to reserve a spot at this event!

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Adventure Day, Try It Out, GRiT Ride & Pre-Ride!

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on April 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 1, 2019 at 10:00 am

What is NJICL Adventure?!  Adventure is all about having fun on bikes! Team up with friends, go for a ride and have fun with challenges and activities before, along the way and after the ride. We will provide student-athletes the opportunity to engage in quality outdoor education, experiential and social opportunities outside of and/or in addition to mountain bike racing. Lear more, see dates, aily schedule & locations here:  http://www.newjerseymtb.org/nj-events/adventure-program/ Girls Riding Together (GRiT) Ride - 2:15 -All female athletes throughout…

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May 2019

Adventure Day, Try It Out, GRiT Ride & Pre-Ride!

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on April 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 1, 2019 at 10:00 am

What is NJICL Adventure?!  Adventure is all about having fun on bikes! Team up with friends, go for a ride and have fun with challenges and activities before, along the way and after the ride. We will provide student-athletes the opportunity to engage in quality outdoor education, experiential and social opportunities outside of and/or in addition to mountain bike racing. Lear more, see dates, aily schedule & locations here:  http://www.newjerseymtb.org/nj-events/adventure-program/ Girls Riding Together (GRiT) Ride - 2:15 -All female athletes throughout…

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June 2019

Adventure Day, Try It Out, GRiT Ride & Pre-Ride!

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on April 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 1, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

What is NJICL Adventure?!  Adventure is all about having fun on bikes! Team up with friends, go for a ride and have fun with challenges and activities before, along the way and after the ride. We will provide student-athletes the opportunity to engage in quality outdoor education, experiential and social opportunities outside of and/or in addition to mountain bike racing. Lear more, see dates, aily schedule & locations here:  http://www.newjerseymtb.org/nj-events/adventure-program/ Girls Riding Together (GRiT) Ride - 2:15 -All female athletes throughout…

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Adventure Day, Try It Out, GRiT Ride & Pre-Ride!

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on April 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 1, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on June 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

What is NJICL Adventure?!  Adventure is all about having fun on bikes! Team up with friends, go for a ride and have fun with challenges and activities before, along the way and after the ride. We will provide student-athletes the opportunity to engage in quality outdoor education, experiential and social opportunities outside of and/or in addition to mountain bike racing. Lear more, see dates, aily schedule & locations here:  http://www.newjerseymtb.org/nj-events/adventure-program/ Girls Riding Together (GRiT) Ride - 2:15 -All female athletes throughout…

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October 2019

Try it Out – Gloucester Township Park

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Gloucester Township Park, Peter Cheeseman Rd
Sicklerville, NJ 08081
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Gloucester Township Park, Blackwood, NJ.  (Lot #7) 10am – 3pm. Come see what NICA is all about, meet the League Director, Team Leadership & students from from the Gloucester, Camden and Clearview squads. Ride bikes with the teams and have a blast! Parents welcomed to attend.

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Try it Out – Stephens State Park

October 13 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Stephens State Park, 2-4 Kinney Rd
Budd Lake, NJ 07828 United States
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Stephens State Park, 10:30am – 1:30pm. Please arrive no later that 1230 to ensure a spot on a ride. Hosted by the West Morris Chainbreakers and the Warren County Composite teams for a fun ride at Stephens. We will be meeting at the iron gate on Kinney Road. Please use these coordinates on your GPS device: 40.907919, -74.771165

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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.

Please click here to view our 2018/2019 program report.

 



Welcome to the NJ Mountain Biking Revolution!