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Jun 29, 2011
High School Mountain Bike League Looks East to Expand

10 years ago, all Berkeley High math teacher Matt Fritzinger was hoping to do was start a road cycling club for interested students.  By 2010, what started with that simple mission had turned into The National Interscholastic Cycling Association, with 6 leagues stretching from California to Minnesota.  With those leagues now successfully in place, NICA is looking east to turn competitive high school mountain biking into a nationwide phenomenon.

Starting July 4th, Fritzinger, now the league’s Executive Director, will be joined by Development Director, Ben Capron, for a 6-day whirlwind tour of the East Coast with the hopes of gaining foundational support for creating new leagues in the region.  The ultimate goal is to offer mountain biking as a sport in high schools coast to coast by 2020.  
The tour will include public meetings to outline the NICA vision and method, and enable interested members of the public to talk face-to-face with the NICA leaders about potential involvement.  If you live on the East Coast and have often thought about how cool it would be if your local high school had a mountain biking team, now is your chance to show your support!  Here is the current meeting schedule:
Wednesday, July 6, 7:00-9:00 PM: Asheville, NC

Location: The Mountain Lodge, 42 McMurray Road, Flat Rock, NC
Thursday, July 7, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Washington, D.C.

Location: Saloon, 1205 U Street Northwest, Washington D.C.
Friday, July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – New York City
Location: Rodale Publishing, 733 Third Ave, New York, NY
Saturday/Sunday, July 9/10 – Windham, NY

Location: Booth in the expo at the UCI World Cup mountain bike race
Monday, July 11, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM — Montpelier, VT
Location: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main St., Montpelier, VT
If you can make it to one of these meetings, please go and show your support for high school mountain biking.  For more information on the tour, check out this webpage.

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