NICA GRiT is a High School Cycling League Outreach Program focused on female athletes.  NICA GRiT sponsors activities for prospective and current athletes to encourage girls to get involved in the sport and provide a welcoming and supportive sisterhood.  

 

 

NICA GRiT MN goals are to:

  • inspire young women to build confidence, strength of character, and empowerment through off-road cycling
  • increase female athlete participation rates in the league by introducing girls to the sport of off-road cycling
  • provide a fun and welcoming sisterhood for female athletes – beginners through veteran riders
  • provide role models for female athletes through increasing women involved in leadership roles with the league – coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders and volunteers.

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Who is part of the NICA GRiT Sisterhood?  

  • All girls who participate in the MN High School Cycling League
  • All girls who participate in a NICA GRiT Event (Try It Out Session, Social event)
  • All women who volunteer for the MN High School Cycling League as coaches, ride leaders or other roles.
  • All women and girls who support getting more girls on bikes and are committed to helping increase numbers of girls participating in the MN High School Cycling League!
 

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Do you know a girl who may be interested in mountain biking but is too young to be part of the league?  NICA GRiT has some suggestions!

  1. Girls of all ages are welcome to come to the races and participate in the NICA GRiT tent activities.
  2. Watching the races and cheering for girls racing is another great activity.
  3. For information on youth programs for student-athletes between 7 and 13, please visit the Little Bellas program.
  4. For information on youth programs for student-athletes, please visit: Little Bellas program, Loppet Foundation Trail Kids program, and your local regional park district events and programs website.

NICA GRiT MN Activities

  • Try It Out Sessions
  • NICA GRiT Practices – coaches can request a special GRiT practice for their female athletes. Experienced female mountain bike coaches can run a fun practice/ride or a mountain bike skills session.
  • GRiT Pre-Rides and Social Events
  • GRiT Tent Activities on Race Days

NICA GRiT MN Try It Out!

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Are you. . . .

  • thinking about mountain biking but not sure if it’s your thing or if you can even do it?
  • a beginner rider and would like the hear more about it and ride with other girls?
  • a current rider and want to share your experiences to encourage more girls to join?
  • a current rider and want to bring a friend to show her how great it is?

Well, then the NICA GRiT MN Try It Out Sessions are perfect for you!

At all the MN High School Cycling League Try It Out Sessions there will be experienced female mountain bike coaches to show female athletes the basics about mountain biking and guide them through a mountain bike ride.

Meet other female riders, go over some basic skills, then take a ride with other girls in a fun, comfortable environment.   Bring your own bike or use one of the demo bikes that will be available provided by the MN High School Cycling League.  Meet in the parking lot.  Look for the MN High School League trailer.

As we have a limited amount of demo bikes, e-mail joshua@minnesotamtb.org to ensure there will be a bike available.

Click here to view the full Schedule of Try it Out Sessions!

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We are looking to host NICA GRiT Pre-Ride and Social Events at a few of the races this season.

Updates to follow in late Summer.

Full Race details will be posted in each Race Flyer.

Questions or Suggestions?  Do you have other ideas of events you’d like to see? Email Nicole Butler NICA GRiT MN Director.

 

What Can You Do To Help?

Spread the word about the MN High School Cycling League to all the girls and women you know!  Tell them about the NICA GRiT events.  Direct them to the NICA GRiT Facebook Page, the MN High School Cycling Facebook Page or to the MN High School Cycling League website.

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