2017 Fall Racing Schedule

Official Schedule for the 2017 Racing Season:

9/9 – MTB @ Tranquility Park, Omaha
– 1:00 Start Time *** (start time moved to accommodate for ACT testing)
Register Here

9/23 – Cyclocross Shredvitational @ Big Lake Park, Council Bluffs
– 12:30pm Start Time
Register Here
– More Info Here

10/14 – MTB @ Swanson Park, Bellevue
– 12:00pm Start Time
– Non-Club Team Racers Register Here

10/28 – Road Criterium @ Shadow Lake Mall, Papillion
– THIS RACE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COLD WEATHER

11/4 – MTB @ Camp Calvin Crest (Season Championships), Fremont
– 2:30pm JV/Middle School
– 3:30pm Varsity
5:00pm – Season Awards Banquet in Camp Calvin Crest Dining Hall*
– Non-Club Team Racers Register Here

*Non Club Team Racers please RSVP for the Awards Banquet to Ryan Mosely rmmoseley@mpsomaha.org by Nov. 1.

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2017 School Cycling Club Socials!

Summer is going by fast and the 2017 school year is just around the corner.  The Nebraska Interscholastic Cycling Association is hosting it second social event where you can meet other riders, and learn about the fall racing season! Bring your bike and join us on Saturday July 29, 12-2pm at Walnut Creek in Papillion- just south of HWY 370 on 96th St! Don’t have a bike yet, but interested? Come on out anyway to meet riders and learn about the program! Snacks and beverages will be provided. Questions? Email info@highschoolcycling.org or call/txt 402-965-1858.

This event is open to any middle school or high school student, regardless if the school has a team or not.

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Fall 2016 Planning is Underway

Welcome student-athletes and parents; teachers and administrators!

The Nebraska Interscholastic Cycling Series (NICS) is entering its third year, expanding to more schools and getting more students signing up on cycling club teams! With support and sanctioning of USA Cycling, area high schools are forming club teams now and preparing for the season which starts on September 17 in Fremont.

Students & Parents! Are you interested but unsure if your school has a team? Contact your Athletic Director. If not, contact us!  We’ll help you connect with resources at your school and start a team! We’ll also help student-athletes compete even if their school doesn’t have an official team club.

Teachers & Administrators! Contact us and we can help you get a program started in your school, with marketing materials, training & advice for coaches, and more!

For more info, check out our Facebook group. Or drop the league director, Ryan Feagan, a line at ryan.feagan@gmail.com or call 402-415-9071. We’ll help you get a team started at your school!

Interested in other racing opportunities during the summer?  We also do this.

Race Bikes FAQ

The Nebraska Interscholastic Cycling Series (NICS) offers a fall program for middle school, junior high and high school students. Volunteer coaches and teachers form teams to learn, practice, and race bicycles around the Omaha metro area.  

Categories for racing are: Varsity boys and girls, and Junior Varsity boys and girls. For middle-school & junior high racers, they will start just after JV.

Each of the races is sanctioned with USA Cycling and managed by certified local race directors. Each participant is encouraged to compete but it’s not a requirement.

2017 Schedule

9/9 – MTB @ Tranquility Park, Omaha

9/23 – Cyclocross Shredvitational @ Big Lake Park, Council Bluffs

10/14 – MTB @ Swanson Park, Bellevue

10/28 – Road Criterium @ Shadow Lake Mall, Papillion

11/4 – MTB @ Camp Calvin Crest (Season Championships), Fremont

Season Awards Banquet – Date & Location TBD

How much does it cost to be on a team?

Participation fees vary by team, as each team works to cover costs associated with their respective program. Most team costs include jerseys, insurance, apparel, refreshments, practice and race supplies.  

 

TEAM CLUBS FEES
Each racer must purchase a $35 annual USAC license from USACycling and pay $50 league fee to cover insurance and race set up costs. Team Coaches will collect these fees from their members and submit to the league in advance of the racing season. Deadline is September 14.

FEES FOR NON-TEAM CLUB RACERS
Racers not associated with a club-team can purchase an annual license for $35 at USACycling. New members will need to set up an account. Then each race is $20 to cover insurance and race set up costs.

 

NOTE **A parent or guardian must sign a waiver at the event for all athletes under 18 years of age and waiver must be presented to receive a race number.**

 

Which area high schools have established teams?
Millard West
Westside
Papillion
Omaha North
Central
Ralston
Seward

 

What if my school doesn’t have established teams?
No problem! As long as you have a bike, helmet and a t-shirt or jersey, you can still race and earn individual season points!

 

What if I’ve never raced a bike before?

Can you ride a bicycle? Are you willing to push yourself in a fun, inclusive environment? That’s all we ask. There are no “tryouts” or selection process for making a team. If you can ride a bike, you can be on a team and race. Cycling and competition can be a lifelong activity. We encourage all to give it a try!

 

What kind of bike do I need?

Nothing fancy! Most students use a mountain bike for all races– with flat handlebars, multiple gears, and 1.5”-2.5” wide “knobby” tires. Hand brakes are required for racing (no coaster brake only bicycles). Bikes should shift well, with a clean, rust free chain, and tires that hold air. Brakes should stop the bike firmly and confidently. Brake levers that pull “back to the bar” are deemed unsafe for racing. Your local bikes shops can help get your bike ready for safe riding and racing.

While some racers may use a road or cyclocross specific bike for particular races, it is by no means a requirement.

 

What other equipment is needed?

Helmets are required at all races and practices. Athletes need to wear a shirt or jersey with the school’s name or logo on it during competition. We strongly recommend portable hydration as well, like a water bottle mounted on the bicycle, or a “camelbak” style hydration pack. Optional equipment to consider includes gloves for comfort, sunglasses/eye protection, and some riders choose to buy specific shoes and pedals with a “clip in” retention system but flat pedals and tennis shoes work just fine!

 

What time do I need to be at the races?

We recommend arriving no later than 45 minutes to 1 hour ahead of the actual race time. This allows racers time to get registered and get warmed up before the race announcements. This also allows for time if something on the bike needs adjusting.

 

Where do my family members go to watch the races?

Depending on the location and type of race, family and friends can be right next to the racecourses for up close racing action! For mountain bike races, competitors will be racing in and out of wooded areas, so most fans stay in the more open areas but can wander into the woods if they like. For the road criterium and cyclocross races, the majority of those courses will be in-sight of the fans.