NICA inspires friendship, joy, and adventure.
NICA believes everyone should be able to participate in our programs and feel welcomed, respected and supported.
NICA is committed to fair treatment, equal access, opportunity, advancement
and elimination of barriers to encourage participation for all.
NICA expects consideration for all others, oneself, and the outdoors.
Community NICA unites diverse people, families and communities through cycling by creating fun and welcoming experiences.
The primary goals of this team are to provide a safe and fun opportunity for student athletes to experience the excitement of mountain biking. Through this experience, members are empowered to be part of the vibrant cycling community here in Tallahassee and beyond.
This starts by building skills on the bike and learning how to ride safely in a group. We then move to the trail, where we learn trail riding skills such as cornering, log rolling, and trail reading.
We will also encourage student athletes to engage with the cycling community by participating in non-NICA activities such as trail maintenance work days sponsored by TMBA and volunteering with Bicycle House.
Our team will promote positive self-image and will help increase each student athlete’s self-confidence. Participating on this team will result in a deeper appreciation of our natural world, build an awareness of the value of natural land conservation and help foster a desire to participate in trail stewardship.
As student-athletes become more comfortable on their bike they will see cycling as more than a sport or a form of transportation. They will begin to see cycling as a path to transformation and positive personal growth.
We realize that mountain biking can have high startup costs and that this can result in a major barrier to entry. We also understand that there are a whole host of challenges that can limit participation. For example, a student-athlete might not have a good way to transport their bike to practice. The practice might be located too far away from where they live. They may not have role models they can relate to, who mountain bike. They may not feel safe on trails or know the relevant traffic laws. They may not feel confident with their bike riding skills or comfortable participating in group activities.
This team, with help from sponsors like TMBA, Trek and the Outride Fund will work together to find ways to break down these barriers, bringing more people of diverse backgrounds into the sport we love. This in turn will strengthen our cycling community. More riders generate more support, more support means better and safer access, better access encourages more riders.
The team will provide scholarships and financial assistance to help offset most, if not all of the costs for student-athletes who would not otherwise be able to participate.
All team practices will be located in or near Tallahassee's south side communities. Team provided bikes and gear will be stored at Bicycle House on FAMU Way, where we will meet for practices. We will ride to a local park, such as Cascades, Myers Park or Jack L McLean Park for skills practices and Munson Hills for trail rides.
We have partnered with the Tallahassee Bicycle House, Omega Lamplighters and the PACE Center for Girls. These partnerships will help connect the team to student athletes and will be a resource for support that a NICA team is unable to provide, such as transportation and lodging on race weekends.
Our team composition is pretty diverse, in terms of what's typical for a cycling team and we are committed to continuing to seek and encourage BIPOC and female participation in student athletes, coaches and other leadership roles.