Leaders’ Summit

Registration information below. Join us for our 2017 Leaders’ Summit Saturday, September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2017 in Wilkesboro, NC.  Discounted early registration available through September 8, 2017.


North Carolina League Leaders’ Summit 2017: Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

September 16-17, 2017
Walker Center @ Wilkes Community College (Sat)
1328 S Collegiate Dr,
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Kerr-Scott (Sun)
Dark Mountain
Wilkesboro, NC


The North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League’s second annual LeadersSummit will bring together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community.

For new coaches, the Leaders Summit will arm you with the knowledge, skills, and resources available to assist you in establishing an official club sport at your local Middle or High School. With over 500 NICA teams across 19 Leagues in 18 States in the US, we don’t have to reinvent any wheels in North Carolina. Currently, over 8000 Student-Athletes participate in Leagues across the country with League growth averaging 40% every year, this is an exciting time for kids and adult mentors in North Carolina to be apart of the fastest growing youth mountain bike program in the US.

“Coaching a high school mountain bike team is an extremely rewarding experience. During my thirty-five years of cycling, I’ve worn many hats. The four years I spent coaching the Nevada Union Miners High School Mountain Bike Team in the NorCal League ranks among the most rewarding of all my experiences.” -Dylan Gradhandt, Idaho League Founder and Executive Director

For coaches that have previously attended a leaders summit/taken NICA On-the-Bike Skills 101, we will be offering NICA On-the-Bike Skills 201 with instruction on more advanced coaching techniques. Coaches taking NICA On-the-Bike Skills 201 are encouraged to join us for the whole weekend (we’d love for you to help share your experience with new coaches), or we have a one-day ticket just for Sunday’s NICA On-the-Bike Skills 201 session.

Formation of new teams and registration will take place again this fall. Pre-season begin October 15th. In Season practices can start December 1st. A five race series begins in March of 2018 and concludes in May of 2018.

Date: 9/16 (Saturday: Walker Center @ Wilkes County Community College):

Saturday Classroom (8:15 AM -4:30 PM)

Saturday’s seminars cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school student athletes in the context of a NICA mountain bike club – basic knowledge all NICA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Ride Leaders should be aware of and incorporate into their duties.

Saturday Ride (5:00-6:30 PM)

Following Saturday’s classroom session, we’ll head over to Dark Mountain at Kerr-Scott to give you a preview of one of the anticipated courses of the 2018 season.

Saturday Evening Social (7:30 PM)

Included in this year’s event is a Saturday evening social at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Wilkesboro, which is directly across from the Hampton Inn, where we’ve secured a room block. This will include a menu of grilled chicken, steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, baked rolls, sweet/unsweet tea. There will be a full bar available with some nice draft options that evening too.

If you take advantage of the Hampton Inn room block, you can show your room key for 10% off dessert options.


1302 S Collegiate Dr.

Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Date: 9/17 (Sunday: Kerr-Scott Recreation Area):

8:15 AM to 5:00 PM

We’ll start the morning at one of the shelters with coffee and donuts. After a short “classroom” session, we’ll move into our on-the-bike coach training sessions – NICA On-the-Bike Skills 101 and 201.

NICA On-the-Bike Skills 101

In Sunday’s clinic, you’ll learn the NICA-endorsed training method, which includes the progressive steps needed to teach anyone (even yourself) both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. You will also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. The majority of this clinic will be held outdoors, so please bring your bike and appropriate riding and safety gear for the weather.

NICA On-the-Bike Skills 201 (prerequisite – 101)

For coaches that have previously taken NICA On-the-Bike Skills 101, NICA On-the-Bike Skills 201 will cover more advanced coaching skills. This class is included in the price of the full Leaders Summit and will be also available as a separate ticket.

Includes: Lunch each day, lights snacks and refreshments, Saturday evening dinner and Conference Materials. Registration does not include lodging or breakfast. Please see information on optional lodging below.

A detailed schedule will be provided in early September.
A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. For more information, please contact Mike Long, mike@northcarolinamtb.org.


Room Block

Hampton Inn Wilkesboro
1300 Winkler St
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
336-838- 5000

FAX 336-838- 2545A special rate of $99/night + tax has been arranged. To reserve, please call the hotel and identify yourself as an attendee of the NICA to receive this special rate.Reservations must be received by 09/01/2017. After this date reservations
will be accepted on space and rate available basis only.

Cancellation: All cancellations must be received 48 hours before arrival date. Any cancellations made within 48 hours or less will be subject to one room night charge in the amount of $99.00 plus tax.

If this room block sells out, we have a backup room block at the Holiday Inn, approximately a mile away from this location.