In 2000, NorCal High School MTB founder Matt Fritzinger spent the summer at Velo Veneto’s Race Camp. “Racing in Italy was a lifetime experience for all the reasons you might assume: the roads, vineyards, mountains, food, culture, and passionate embrace of cycling—but I also discovered what it meant to have a coach and left inspired to turn the humble Berkeley High School MTB team into something more,” says Fritzinger.
That something more has become more than 500 teams and clubs in 14 leagues operating in 13 states serving more than 7,000 student-athletes. They are supported by more than 3,000 coaches and dozens of partners and sponsors.
We always want to support the growth of the great sport of cycling we love so much, and we feel a special connection to NICA and its leagues, which had their genesis in an inspiring summer with us. Over the years, we have made annual donations to our local NorCal High School Cycling League and seen the impact as more kids and families get excited about cycling. Recognizing we represent an area much broader than the local league near our headquarters, we’ve worked with NICA to broaden our reach around the country and make it easier for you to get involved.
During the 2016 season, $100 of your camp fee will be donated to NICA. Their goal is to develop interscholastic mountain biking coast-to-coast by 2020. You’ll also learn more about the organization and the local leagues through co-produced content, and be invited to special opportunities to get involved in existing leagues or to become a founding partner of a new league.
We’re excited about the growth of this great movement, and we hope you get excited about #morekidsonbikes!