NICA sprouting in Central NY
Now that NICA has moved into New York (YESSS!!!) we're getting a local chapter together here in Oneonta. We have several dedicated (and quite talented) high school kids here in town who are all ready to go, with more likely to sign up soon. This may also be a great way to get college freshmen into biking, or attract students here to SUNY Oneonta with the chance to do NICA races their first year or two.
Our college mountain biking club has done a lot of trail work here over the past 4 years, including construction of a 2.5 mile singletrack to make a 3 mile loop directly behind the high school. This loop is mostly on Oneonta School District property with a little bit on City Parks property. Once we make a few tweaks to it we'll be campaigning to host a race here.
We have several people on board to be coaches (one head and two assistants) and I'll probably end up getting involved some way or another. Maybe helping the kids out with technical skills on a regular basis or some such. If nothing else I've been teaching a few of the kids trail construction techniques that they will take with them wherever they go and ride with them when I can.
I'm super stoked to see this moving forward and grateful for the opportunity to be part of the movement.