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.
Before you plan to attend one of our races, check out a few of the helpful links below:
Prologue - Space Race
February 20-21, 2021
Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville AL
The US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville will host race #4 at the end of April. This is certain to be one of the most epic and memorable NICA venues anywhere in the country. An equal share of single track and double track await our races as well as a once in a lifetime opportunity to race under the belly of the space shuttle and right down the center of "rocket alley".
In addition to the epic course, the US Space and Rocket Center is putting together packages to make this an all inclusive weekend of mountain bikes racing and space exploration. This weekend should be a top priority for all league racers and families.
Race #1 - Black Creek Trails
March 6-7 2021
Black Creek Trails Noccalula Falls, Gadsden AL
The Black Creek Trails consist of 15 trails and connectors for those who enjoy walking, running, hiking and bicycling. The trails have been cut through the rugged outdoors for those who truly enjoy being surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. The trails connect with each other and you will find markers throughout the area to help you on your journey. Whatley Trail (1.0 miles) has a moderate technical terrain with rocks and rougher areas. Moonshine Ridge (0.7 miles) flows with a moderate elevation change. Cascade Trail (0.6 miles) flows with only a minor elevation change. Family Loop (0.6 miles) was designed with families in mind, the terrain is easy with only a minor elevation change. Jeep Hill Loop (1.0miles) is more strenuous with moderate elevation changes. Jeep Hill Connector (0.3 miles) has the most elevation change of all trails for those that enjoy pushing the limits. Also, at the lower end of Black Creek Trail you will find Black Creek Bend (0.7miles) which is flat and flows along Black Creek. All trails are color coded on the map and also along the trails. We hope you enjoy the natural beauty that the trails have to offer, remember you may encounter wildlife along the way, please do not disturb them or their habitat. Motorized vehicles of any kind are not allowed on the trails.
RACE #2 - Melee at McClellan
March 20-21, 2021
Ft. McClellan, Anniston AL
Fort McClellan, originally Camp McClellan, was a United States Army post located adjacent to the city of Anniston, Alabama. During World War II, it was one of the largest U.S. Army installations, training an estimated half-million troops. After the war it became the home of the Military Police Corps, the Chemical Corps and the Women's Army Corps. From 1975 and until it was closed in 1999, Fort McClellan was home of the Military Police Corps and the One Station Unit Training (OSUT) Military Police School. Before its closure by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the post employed about 10,000 military personnel (half of whom were permanently assigned) and about 1,500 civilians. It underwent unexploded ordnance (UXO) clean up from 2003–14. Since 2010, about 3,000 acres of the post's brownfield land have been redeveloped as a mixed-use community. The McClellan Bike Trail consists of 4.5 miles of purpose built singletrack and is perfect for beginner riders of all ages. It is the first specially design NICA trail in the state of Alabama.
RACE #3 - Rumble on the Ridge
March 27-28, 2021
Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham AL
Known by many as the ‘birthplace’ of mountain biking here in the state, Oak Mountain State Park is a great venue for Race #4 of the Alabama League series. The trails here at this park once held the IMBA ‘EPIC’ status and feature miles of high quality single track. This course will start with a long section along Peavine Falls road which will allow racers ample time to sort out before they dive onto the ‘Mr. Toads’ trail and return back to the infield. After coming off this trail, riders will make a hard left for another short section of road before linking together the ‘Family Trail’, ‘Rattlesnake Ridge’ and ‘Lake Trail’ to complete a 4.86 mile lap. When heading out for
subsequent laps, racers will bypass the first section of road and the ‘Mr. Toads’ trail and continue straight to the ‘Family Trail’. This cuts out approximately 1 mile from the first lap overall distance resulting in a lap of just under 4 miles for all categories that will be completing multiple laps.
RACE #4 - Crank Down at TigerTown
April 17-18, 2021
Chewacla State Park, Auburn AL
Chewacla State Park's 696 scenic acres offer plenty of rest, relaxation and recreation, just a short drive from the Auburn-Opelika area. Facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playground, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, cabins, hiking and mountain biking trails.The course at this park will use a combination of tight and twisty single track and wide dirt roads to test the racers fitness and bike handling skills. The seemingly flat course is deceiving as the constant up/down results in 381 feet of elevation gain per HS lap. In addition, these trails offer a lot more ‘texture’ with roots, rocks and tight turns that require strong bike skills as well as a powerful set of legs. Spectators bring your noisemakers, because as the trail meanders through the woods, there are several opportunities to see the race unfolding from your seats in the infield area. Don’t let the lap distances fool you, lap times on this course will be on par with other, longer courses this season.
RACE #5 - The Feud at the Furnace : STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 1-2, 2021
Tannehill State Historic Park, McCalla
In 2018 we are returning to where we first launched the Alabama Interscholastic Cycling league at Tannehill State Historic Park in McCalla for race#1. The trails here are a blend of flowing singletrack and wide doubletrack. The primary challenge facing all racers is “the hill” taking them from the Start/Finish area up to the top of the ridge and onto the single track trails. After ascending the climb along a wide dirt road, racers will dive into a long section of fast, flowing single track with a few steep but short climbs. There are some fast descents with sharps turns where racers will need to avoid losing traction or end up in the pine straw. Once exiting the single track through a shallow water crossing, it’s a long, flat sprint of just over a mile back to the infield where hundreds of teammates, coaches, parents and spectators will be awaiting to cheer each and every racer coming back through for their finish or to head out for multiple laps.