Start a club or team

First & most important, we are here to answer your questions so please email for detailed information. This page is a starting point. There are some helpful links below as well.

Administrators, teachers, parents, students and/or community members can start a NICA cycling club or team at their local high school or community. Extensive cycling experience is not necessary. One should simply have the desire to introduce kids to the sport of mountain biking. Once you have decided to create a team, KICL will help you get up and running.


Most mountain bike teams start small and grow quickly; it’s a tremendous challenge but highly rewarding!  A mountain bike team can be any size, as long as correct coach-to-student-athlete ratios are abided by. Teams msut be comprised of riders 6th – 12th grade. You can start a school based team or a composite team. Team compositions each have their own rules those can be found in our handbook on page 28 here


The Kentucky League includes the entire state. Neighboring states may participate if a NICA league does not currently exist in that state.


The Kentucky Interscholastic Cycling League operates a Fall sport based race series schedule:

April – August: Registration for Kentucky League teams happens in April. At this time anyone who intends to coach a team should register with the League so that they are covered under our insurance. League teams are limited to the number of weeks they can have pre-season practice. In addition, teams are not to practice as a NICA Team or are insured outside of these limits.

April 1 – June 30: Pre-season activities can commence limited  activities on April 1st.  Allowable pre-season activities are bike checks, fun rides, mechanical workshops or skills clinics. Between April 1 – and June 30, teams are allowed to have up to 6 scheduled pre-season activities.  These activities must be approved by the League director and comply with NICA training limits.

July 1- October 31:  Regular season training practice (3-4 times a week) can commence on July 1. All team rides or other training activities must end within two weeks of the final League race. A more detailed description can be found in the rulebook (PDF).


Visit NICA’s Team Starter Kit for guides and education resources.  These guides and resources will give you a step by step approach to starting your new team.  Additionally, contact information for advice and mentoring is contained within these guides. Please email to request an invitation to register your team in our PitZone. Be sure to include your full name, contact info., and team name. Once you have registered your team and paid your fees you will be ready to invite coaches and riders to register under your team in our PitZone.