Race Series


2020 Arkansas Interscholastic Cycling League Race Series

One of the great things about a NICA League, which separates us from other youth cycling development programs, is we produce our own youth-specific events. This means we pick out race venues and work directly with land owners and managers to produce the highest quality youth development race courses and events. The student-athletes get a stage of their own, away from adult competitions, and we strive for safety and fun above all other factors.

The Arkansas League will produce 4 races in the fall of 2020 in Arkansas. 

NICA Adventure and Races

9/12-13 – Sager Creek Trail, Siloam Springs | Information Flyer
10/3-4 – Camp War Eagle, Rogers| Information Flyer
10/17-18 – Cedar Glades Park, Hot Springs | Information Flyer
10/31-11/1 – Passion Play, Eurkea Springs| Information Flyer
To sign up to volunteer at 2020 races, click HERE! (Coming Summer 2020)

Category Placement

In 2020, Arkansas NICA is transitioning to Ability Based Racing categories.  This will improve the experience of the student athletes racing in league races.

Middle School Categories, 2020

  • Girls Level 1, grades 6-8 
  • Girls Level 2, grades 6-8 
  • Girls Level 3, grades 7/8 
  • Boys Level 1, grade 6 
  • Boys Level 1, grade 7 
  • Boys Level 1, grade 8 
  • Boys Level 2, grades 6/7 
  • Boys Level 2, grade 8 
  • Boys Level 3, grades 7/8 

High School Categories, 2020

  • Freshman (for 9th graders, may include racers with limited or no racing experience, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends). 
  • JV 2 (for 10th-12th grade boys beginning their racing career with little or no racing experience and/or those who have not qualified for and/or are not seeking higher levels of competition with heavier work loads, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends). There will be no JV2 for girls in 2020.
  • JV 3 (for 10th-12th grade boys and girls with racing experience who have qualified for and/or are seeking higher levels of competition with heavier work loads, typically completes 2 laps for girls and 3 laps for boys, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 540 points and descends, placement criteria below).
  • Varsity (for 10th-12th graders with racing experience who have qualified for and are seeking the highest levels of competition with heaviest work loads, typically complete 3 laps for girls and 4 laps for boys, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 570 points and descends, placement criteria below).
Riders who have previously raced in the Arkansas NICA League will be automatically put in their correct categories in the pit zone according to the Category Placement Tables.
See the NICA Handbook, Arkansas Appendix, for more details on how the categories are determined. (Until NationalMTB updates them, here is a link to the Arkansas Rules Changes for 2020)
Riders who have never raced in the Arkansas NICA League will be placed in the beginner category of their grade level.
Riders may petition to race in a different category than they have been placed by going through the petition process.  Student athlete should fill out this petition form and turn it into his/her coach.  Contact your coach for more information.

Scholarships

The Arkansas NICA League is committed to making our league accessible to everyone to the best of our ability, regardless of their financial situation. Please complete the scholarship form if you need assistance. We will review your application and get back to you as soon as possible about the level of scholarship we are able to offer to you.

Volunteering/Stewardship

The Arkansas NICA League is committed to building strong character in student-athletes by instilling good stewardship.  Students who do 10 hours of volunteer/advocacy hours for the 2020 season will receive a 25 point bonus on their season total.  More information to come, but hours can begin to accumulate starting January 1.