Leaders Summit

Registration information below. Join us for our 2018 Leaders Summit Saturday, September 8 and Sunday September 9, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC.  Discounted early registration available through August 31, 2018.


North Carolina League Leaders Summit 2018: Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

September 8-9, 2018
Chapel Hill High School
1709 High School Rd,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


The weekend of September 8th and 9th, we’ll gather in Chapel Hill, NC for our 3rd Annual NCICL Leaders Summit to be held at Chapel Hill High School.  This event brings together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community.

New coaches will learn what you need to know about NICA’s philosophy, how to work with Student Athletes, and how to run a team.  Attending this LS will meet your requirement to get to Level 3. On-the-bike 101 training will be offered on Sunday, for a limited number of participants. Priority will be given to new coaches of new teams. Remaining spaces can then be filled by new coaches with existing teams. We are limiting the number of participants in on-the-bike classes to enable more feedback and a better experience for coaches. We will be offering additional on-the-bike 101 and 201 classes throughout the fall in different locations.

For experienced coaches and volunteers, we will have a new track this year with content just for your. For experienced coaches that have already been to a Leaders Summit, this LS will count as continuing education credits that you will need to maintain your coaching level (exact credits TBD, but no less than 6).

At previous Leaders Summits, some of the most effective learning comes from peers.  To ensure that we’re learning from each other, we’ll be soliciting presentations from current NCICL Coaches.  Details coming soon!

After our classroom session on Saturday, we’ll go for a group ride on the adjacent trails of Carolina North Forest, then have a Saturday night dinner and social (see below for details).

Our classroom sessions will continue on Sunday morning (except for SOLO participants). Following the classroom sessions, we’ll split into groups for various activities.

Your registration includes a basic lunch each day, lights snacks and refreshments, Saturday evening dinner and any conference materials (provided electronically if applicable). Registration does not include lodging or breakfast. Please see information on optional lodging below.

Date: 9/8 (Saturday: Chapel Hill High School):

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.

A differentiated track will be available for experienced coaches that have previously attended a Leaders Summit, which will include Teen Trail Corp and our Adventure program.

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

Following Saturday’s classroom session, we’ll ride the Carolina North Forest trails ( https://www.trailforks.com/region/carolina-north-forest/ ), which are directly adjacent to the High School. These rides will be led by local coaches.

Saturday Evening Social (7:30 PM)

Included in this year’s event is a Saturday evening social. We’re working on creating an experience that allows everyone to interact more than they would in a restaurant setting.  What better way to do that than sharing a meal around the campsite?

We’re bringing race season-style camping to our Leaders Summit, but with a few twists. Our camping venue has a great shelter with picnic table seating for many. We’ll be firing up burgers on the grill with Al’s Burgers, who have been proclaimed by Trip Advisor to have the #1 burgers in the country (their vegetarian options are great too!). We’ll have MTB movies playing to get us in the mood. And to top it off, we’ll be telling stories around the bonfire. Choose to stay at the camping venue, and you won’t have to drive anywhere else that evening.

Date: 9/9 (Sunday: Chapel Hill High School):

8:30-4:30 (SOLO Participants Only)
SOLO First Aid (Satisfies Level 3 First Aid Requirement)

This 8 hour frontcountry first aid course is designed for mountain bikers and will satisfy your first aid requirement to get to your Level 3 coaching certification (this will also satisfy level 2). Please note that CPR Certification is a separate requirement and is not included in this training.

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (All Other Participants)
We’ll start the morning back at Chapel Hill High for a few more classroom sessions.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


1:00 – 4:30 PM


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.

Group Ride: Briar Chapel

Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC), Chapel Hill’s local IMBA chapter, will be hosting their annual TORCFest at Briar Chapel, a trail system just south of Chapel Hill. For those looking to mix it up, we’ll head to Briar Chapel to catch the PM half of that event.

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.



Camping (Recommended)

Our recommended lodging is camping!  We’re partnering with friends at Romr to provide a private camping experience, much like we try to provide at our race events. This camping venue will also be the location for our Saturday night cookout and social.  The camping location is just a few minutes from Chapel Hill High School and will have both a shelter with picnic tables and porta-potties.

Camping will be $30 per person for the entire weekend for tent camping (or $15/pp if you just want to spend Saturday night).  This will be an open camping area, so you will not be booking a specific site.

RV/Trailer camping is possible at a higher rate, but limited space is available.  Please email bryan@northcarolinamtb.org if you would like to discuss RV/Trailer camping.



Hotel Blocks

If you don’t camp, there are two different hotel blocks. They’re located in Hillsborough, because it’s pretty close to Chapel Hill, close to our Saturday night cookout and social, and it’s much less expensive than Chapel Hill proper.

Microtel Hillsborough

120 Old Dogwood St

Hillsborough, NC 27278

Phone: (919) 245-3102


$65 – one queen bed

$70 – two queen beds

Must call to make this reservation.  Any cancellation must be made 14 days prior.

Group Name: NCICL

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express Hillsborough

202 Cardinal Dr.

Hillsborough, NC 27278

919 644 7997

Group Name: NCICL

$102.99 for a Double Queen. Please note that when you do this online using the link below and select the nights September 7 or 8, you should see the correct rate and room type reflected.


Any cancellations must be made prior to 3 pm on 9/5/18.