Leaders’ Summit

Registration information below. Join us for our 2016 Leaders’ Summit Saturday, September 10 and Sunday September 11, 2016 in Greensboro, NC.  Discounted early registration available through August 1, 2016.


North Carolina League Leaders’ Summit 2016: Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

September 10-11, 2016
Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse
Cedar Room
5834 Bur-Mil Club Rd
Greensboro, NC 27410
Bur-Mil Park



Welcome to the exciting and fulfilling world of scholastic mountain biking and racing. The North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League’s first annual Leaders Summit 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. In 2016 North Carolina will make history by providing the opportunity for every Middle and High School, public or private, to form club teams and participate in a scholastic mountain bike season brought to you by the North Carolina league, an official project League of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, NICA.  This conference will promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. 

Since this will be North Carolina’s inaugural season, the focus of the 2016 Leaders Summit will be about how to establish your team.  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 35% 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


Team formation and official registration starts this fall.  Pre-season begin October 15th. In Season practices can start December 1st.  A five race series begins in March of 2017 on the coast and concludes in May of 2017 in western North Carolina.

Date: 9/10 (Saturday): Leadership, Risk Management and Sustainable Team Structures

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

Date: 9/11 (Sunday): How to start and manage a High School Mountain Bike Team and MTB 101: Skills for Coaches

Sunday’s clinic offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from professional cyclist Andrea Dvorak and Bruce Martens, NICA’s National Coach and Licensing Manager. 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.

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

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

7067 Albert Pick Rd, Greensboro, NC 27409
336-668-3638 (“Leader’s Summit of NICA” room block)

The Quality Inn & Suites is close to Interstate 40, only 8 miles from Bur-Mil park, beside a 24hr McD’s, close to restaurants, and located just off the main thoroughfare. Amenities include:

  • Free hot breakfast
  • Free wi-fi
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Fitness center
  • Pet Friendly
  • Cleanliness, ranking 4 out of 5 stars.
Doubles/Kings w/ tax $69.90 per night.
King Suites w/tax $89 per night.

To reserve, please call the hotel and ask for the “Leaders Summit of NICA” room block. The Cut-off-Date for making these reservations will be August 26, 2016. After that time, reservations can be made at the rack rate based on availability.

Hotel Room Cancellation Policy

Please cancel any group room reservations by 4 PM local hotel time, 2 days prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty. Any room cancelled after 4pm on September 7 , 2016 will incur a penalty equal to the 1st night’s room charges + tax.


Schedule (subject to modification):


8:00 – 5:00

8:00 – 8:30 Registration & coffee/tea
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome, Overview & Introductions
9:00 – 10:15 Risk Management and Insurance Information
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 How to Start and Manage a High School Mountain Bike Team (Part I)
11:30 – 12:00 Pit Zone Overview
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch w/ League Coaches (NICA Rulebook Overview)
1:00 – 2:00 Engaging & Motivating Adolescents & Retaining Girls
2:00 – 2:45 Getting to “Yes” with School Administrators
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:45 Fundraising and Securing and Sustaining Sponsorships
3:45 – 4:30 Building a Strong Team Parent Community
4:30 – 5:00 Wrap-Up / Feedback / Next Steps
5:00 – 6:30 Group Ride (optional)
6:30 – 8:00 Optional Group Dinner


8:00 – 4:00

8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Coffee/Tea
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome, Overview, & Introductions
9:00 – 10:00 How to Start and Manage a High School Mountain Bike Team, Part II
10:00 – 12:00 Mountain Bike Coach Skills Camp with Andrea Dvorak and Bruce Martens
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch and Coach License & Benefits Program Info Overview
12:45 – 3:45 Mountain Bike Coach Skills Camp with Andrea Dvorak and Bruce Martens
4:00 – 6:00 Wrap-up session and departure


Instructor bios:


Andrea Dvorak

Professional Cyclist, Miller School of Albemarle Coach and Mentor, and Virginia League Co-Director

Andrea Dvorak is a professional road cyclist. She has been involved in Junior Development cycling projects since 2007 when she helped start the Miller School of Albemarle cycling program.  As a coach at Miller School, Dvorak works closely with female riders and shares her knowledge of both athletics and academics with students.

Virginia’s first year with NICA was in 2014, when Andrea worked course set up and volunteer recruitment for each race.  In 2015, she began her role as co-director of the Virginia League, where she is involved on all levels – with the riders, the core staff, the volunteers, and particularly the coaches who she credits with keeping the interscholastic program moving.

Before beginning her professional cycling career in 2006, Dvorak earned degrees in Spanish and Biology from the University of Virginia; she went on to graduate from U.Va. Law School and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association in 2006. While at U.Va., Dvorak ran cross-country, competed in triathlon, and raced for the cycling team. In 2001, she won the collegiate triathlon national championships and regularly finished on the podium at collegiate nationals in cycling. As a professional cyclist, Dvorak has had a decorated career that includes making the United States Olympic Long Team, winning a stage of the women’s Tour de France, competing in World Championships, second place in the 2011 US National Road Race Championship. Additionally, she won the Queen of the Mountains jersey at Redlands Classic, Tour of the Gila, Cascade Classic, and San Dimas Stage Race in 2011. Dvorak is currently a team captain on the UCI professional women’s team Twenty16-ShoAir and a member of the US National Team.

Read more about Andrea in this ROAD magazine Q&A and her work with junior development programs in this ROAD magazine article.

Bruce Martens

NICA National Coach and Licensing Manager

Specializing in Long Term Athlete Development, Bruce has been serving NICA Student-Athletes and Coaches since 2011. His work has enhanced the NICA Coach Licensing and Registration program and provided Leagues the support they need to keep pace with their dynamic growth. In addition to his passion for research on adolescent development and coach competencies Bruce enjoys participating in trail advocacy and stewardship, collaborative engagement with stakeholders, and competing.

He is a founding member of the Minnesota High School Cycling League where he and his wife Lisa volunteer and the father of a NICA Student-Athlete.



Supporting sponsor: CAN’d Aid Foundation

The CAN’d Aid Foundation supports NC Interscholastic Cycling League’s efforts to train great leaders and get #morekidsonbikes. The CAN’d Aid Foundation is shakin’ things up in the world of non-profits through national do-goodery programs: Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails & Love Yur Mama.

CAN’d Aid Foundation