The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League was founded in 2014 as a non-profit (501(c)3) Project League of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). We facilitate the development of high school and middle school teams/clubs for grades 6-12 and provide the education, training, licensing and insurance for coaches and volunteers. We also produce high-quality mountain bike events and races that emphasize the value of participation, camaraderie, positive sporting behavior and well-being over competition.
Provide high quality, safe and fun mountain bike programs for Idaho’s youth, exposing students to the opportunity to build strong body, mind, and character through an equal and inclusive scholastic-based program.
To improve the lives of Idaho’s youth and communities through cycling.
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Dylan Gradhandt - Founder
Dylan fell in love with cycling at the age of five when he took first place in the AAA Bicycle Skills Rodeo in his hometown of Nevada City, California. With the inspiration of winning that first trophy and the support of his family, he continued to ride and race into his teens. In 1990 he had the opportunity to attend and race in the first ever UCI-sanctioned Mountain Bike World Championship race at Purgatory Ski Resort outside Durango, Colorado. He was racing as a member of one of the nation’s first true, fully funded and supported Junior Development Mountain Bike Racing programs in the country through the Volz Bros Racing team. He was 16 years old.
He has worn many hats in the years as a cyclist since those early days of riding and racing. In 2001, he met Matt Fritzinger and quickly played a large role in the development and implementation programs of the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League. Additionally, he coached Nevada Union High School’s mountain bike team for three years; coaching that team still ranks as one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He also produced the first four NorCal State Championships alongside his then-girlfriend (now wife), Jessica. Finally, he authored sections of NICA’s Coaching Manual, which was a tangible and gratifying endeavor.
These days in Boise, Idaho, he enjoys a truly wonderful life with his beautiful family. They feel Idaho is their home well into the distant future. You can find Dylan riding his xc mountain bikes, road bike, enduro bike, commuting bike, hauling loads (his daughters) with his cargo bike, gravel road grinding on his cyclocross, and bike packing on his pack bike any given day of the week, year round. Cycling is his passion and he particularly loves mountain biking. It has added so much incredible value to his personal development and approach to the world around him. Most importantly, he strongly believes that all league programs were born simply because the kids wanted and needed programs like NICA… if you build it, they will come.
Administrators, teachers, parents, students and/or community members can start a NICA cycling club or team at their local high school or community. While it is not necessary that the person who initiates the club be a school “insider” (teacher or administrator), this can be very useful. A teacher, administrator or school volunteer within the school possesses certain advantages, such as knowledge of the school community, bureaucratic systems and channels, and how to access potential teen cyclists. Extensive cycling experience is not necessary. One should simply have the desire to introduce kids to the sport of mountain biking. Once you have decided to create a team, the League can help educate you and provide you with all the tools necessary to be an excellent coach.
Most mountain bike teams start small and grow quickly; it’s a tremendous challenge but highly rewarding! An Idaho League mountain bike team can be any size, as long as correct coach-to-student-athlete ratios are abided by. Teams are broken into Division 1 and Division 2 categories based on their team size (and not their school size). Please see the rulebook (PDF) for more info on Division specifics.
The Idaho League includes the entire state. Neighboring states may participate if a League does not currently exist in that region. Click here to see where the latest Idaho teams are located.
The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League operates a Fall sport based race series schedule:
April – August: Registration for Idaho League teams happens in April. At this time anyone who intends to coach a team should register with the League so that they are covered under our insurance. League teams are limited to the number of weeks they can have pre-season practice. In addition, teams are not insured outside of these limits.
April 1 – June 30: Pre-season activities can commence limited activities on April 1st. Allowable pre-season activities are bike checks, fun rides, mechanical workshops or skills clinics. Between April 1 – and June 30, teams are allowed to have up to 8 scheduled pre-season activities. These activities must be approved by the League director and comply with NICA training limits.
July 1- October 31: Regular season training practice (3-4 times a week) can commence on July 1. All team rides or other training activities must end within two weeks of the final League race. A more detailed description can be found in the rulebook (PDF).
Visit our Coaches Resource Table and click on “New Coach/Team Starter” guides and education resources. These guides and resources will give you a step by step approach to starting your new team. Additionally, contact information for advice and mentoring is contained within these guides.
Various teams have had success with many different recruiting techniques. Hosting a Bike Club table at Club Rush (or whatever your high school Club recruitment day is called) is a great way to garner initial interest. Meeting with the Athletic Director in order to educate he/she about your new club is another idea. Email the Idaho League at email@example.com and ask if there are current teams or clubs that you can connect with in your area. Put an article in the school newspaper, get parents to talk to other parents, send an email to your school's Boosters Club. There are lots of ways to get kids interested in cycling!
Yes. Do not run a program without adequate insurance coverage! NICA provides comprehensive liability insurance to all teams and coaches who officially register with the Idaho League.
The Idaho League is able to provide scholarships to registered League athletes who are in need of financial assistance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to apply for a scholarship.
Yes, we do. The Idaho League runs a lycra drive program and gets new and used gear donated for the sole purpose of donating to teams and individual riders. Please email us, let us know what you need, and we will get you set up. Also, we always bring all our donated cycling gear to our Leaders Summit for coaches to access for their teams.
Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League is a volunteer-based organization and can always use more help
We rely on a dedicated group of volunteers to make our races happen. We value all those who give of their time and energy to help our student-athletes succeed. If you want to be a part of this exciting opportunity, take a look at the positions and get involved! There are many opportunities to contribute to the success of the League through volunteering. Check our Volunteer Sign-up page frequently for opportunities.
The League has several important committees for those that want to contribute their time and professional skills. League events, community outreach, and media exposure are important aspects to the success of the League. We need your energetic spirit!
Race day would not be possible without the incredible work of our volunteers! It takes a “village” to put on quality youth mountain bike races. Many parents and cycling enthusiasts find that getting involved with race production is a fun and rewarding experience. Saturday and Sunday positions are available.