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2022 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 a total of 6 events in 2022.  A special GRiT (identifying women) Event, a Prelude Time Trial and 4 races in the fall.

2022
race events


  • GRiT Race

    August 13
    Springhill Park, Barling, AR

  • PRELUDE TIME TRIAL

    August 27-28
    Old Post, Russellville, AR


  • RACE 1

    Sept 10-11
    Spring Hill, Barling


  • RACE 2

    Sept 24-25
    Cedar Glades, Hot Springs


  • RACE 3

    Oct. 15-16
    Clysta Willett Park | Mountain Home, AR


  • RACE 4

    Nov. 5-6
    Centennial Park, Fayetteville

Race Day Details

GRiT Girls Race Party

Race Day Flyer

nica prelude time trial

Race 3

Race Day Flyer

Race 4

Race Day Flyer

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category placement

In 2022, Arkansas NICA  will continue to use Ability Based Racing categories.  This will improve the experience of the student athletes racing in league races.

Middle School Categories

  • Girls Level 1, grade 6
  • Girls Level 1, grades 7-8
  • 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

  • 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 and girls 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 workloads, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends).
  • 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 workloads, typically completes 3-4 laps depending on the course, 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 workloads, typically complete 4-5 laps depending on the course, 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 National MTB updates them, here is a link to the NICA 2022 Handbook
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.
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