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Catawba Ridge Riders Team trains local students for Mountain Bike Racing, an exciting alternative sport.  Today, students can choose from a large collection of academic and athletic activities.  Mountain biking offers our racers the opportunity to complete on individual and team levels.  As a club level sport, the individual racer can choose how much they want to participate.  Race in 1 race or race them all.  Most races are held in the Carolina region.  NICA races are located throughout the South Carolina.

“When I first started out in mountain biking, It was all about having fun, playing with my mates, with a bit of racing thrown in. Nothing has changed.” – Steve Peat, Pro Downhill Racer

High School team

2021 Team Accomplishments

Middle School Team

2021 Team Accoplishments

GRiT - Girls Riding Together

Currently, girls represent 20% of NICA’s overall national student-athlete participation. NICA GRiT (Girls Riding Together) seeks to increase that number significantly over the next five years. The GRiT Program is NICA’s effort to recruit and retain more girls and female coaches in NICA programs.

Activities are focused on increasing girls awareness of NICA programs by offering girls-only social and riding opportunities for girls, moms, friends, siblings and female coaches. GRiT Camps and GRiT student-athlete Ambassador programs are available in some leagues as well!

GRiT recognizes the need to get more girls on bikes. GRiT’s goal is to empower female student-athlete’s to make their mark, on or off the bike. All NICA leagues have an individual GRiT Coordinator to implement programming from the NICA GRiT Tool box and events at the league level.

“It really is all about believing in yourself. 80% mental, 20% physical” – Victoria Pendleton, Olympic Gold Medalist