The Alabama League is about more than just bike races. We have various events and programs throughout the year that help promote the healthy lifestyle of being on a bike. In addition, as a non-profit organization, we are always looking for creative and fun ways to raise money to support our mission of getting more Alabama youth involved with the sport of cycling. For a complete schedule of league events, check out our calendar page.
Below is a brief description of everything we do throughout the year:
NICA-sanctioned races provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals and to achieve their personal best. We have a 5-race season, held in the Spring of each year. Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation and risk management guarantee every participating student athlete is given a fun and fast environment.
The League does not receive tax-based government funds and depends largely on the fundraising efforts of our participant families and other supporters. Pledge rides on the road or trails are sure-fire fundraising and fun-raising events enjoyed by all.
How does the Alabama League do it? Where do coaches learn how to start and manage a high school mountain bike team? What are the do’s and dont’s of maintaining a healthy team or new league in your state? The annual Leaders’ Summit brings together coaches and leaders for an important weekend of hands-on education about what it takes to be an exemplary NICA coach.
For many student athletes, mountain biking is a new sport. Even the experienced riders can learn something new at a NICA rider camp and clinic, which emphasizes proper skill, technique and a healthy approach to riding and racing. Certified coaches and assistants provide spot-on training for students of all skill levels, and in several cases a girl’s-only camp is held to allow for a less intimidating introduction to the sport.