Race Series – NICA-sanctioned races provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals, to achieve their personal best. The Georgia league programs have succeeded and continue to expand, with the addition of the Middle School program in 2015. Growing from 122 riders in the inaugural 2014 season, the GA League began its 2017 season on September 10th by doubling its participation numbers for the third season in a row. Over 600 registered student-athletes, 370 coaches, and 47 teams from across Georgia, and 4 in South Carolina, participated in the 2017 season. The League expects these growth trends to continue into 2018 with a goal of more than 850 student athlete riders and 55 teams. The fall race series was expanded from 4 to 5 races in 2016, and we will continue with a 5 race series in 2018. Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation and risk management guarantee every participating student athlete is given a fun and fast environment.
Coach Licensing and Training – The Georgia League and NICA have a comprehensive coach licensing system. Through this program, we provide training for all adults involved in the programs, screen those adult coaches and monitor compliance with the licensing criteria at the annual Leadership Summit. The Leaders’ Summit provides the opportunity for participants to learn all about the Georgia League structure and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with high school and middle school cyclists. The primary goal for the Leaders’ Summit is to license adults as new coaches.
Crankin’ For The Kids– Crankin’ For The Kids is our annual Mountain Bike fundraiser event! This event was designed to raise awareness and serve as a fundraiser for the organization. 100 percent of all proceeds for this event go to the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League. Stay tuned for details on the 2018 Crankin’ For The Kids event.
Camps and Clinics – There are additional opportunities for our student-athletes to attend camps outside of Georgia with other leagues, often held at colleges with robust cycling programs. For more information on camps, please email Kenny@georgiamtb.org.
Since 2014, the Georgia League has trained close to 1,381 student-athletes and over 674 coaches through its Mountain Bike Youth Development programs. Interest and excitement in the League continues in 2018 with 850 student-athletes, 450 coaches, and 55 teams expecting to participate in the upcoming fall season! Teams from all areas of Georgia
will participate; including Rabun County in the Northeast, Augusta in the East, Columbus in the South, and multiple teams in between, as well as four teams in South Carolina.