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 2013 season to 267 riders, from 49 to 80 coaches, and from 12 teams to 20 in 2015. These growth trends continued into 2016 with more than 30 teams and 400 student athlete riders competing. The 2016 fall Race Series expanded from 4 to 5 races. Over 50 teams and 800 student-athletes are expected to participate in the 2017 season. 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.
In just three short years, the GA League has trained close to 800 student-athletes and over 300 coaches through its Mountain Bike Youth Development programs. Interest and excitement in the League continues in 2017 with 50 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 two teams in South Carolina.