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North Carolina League Leaders Summit 2019

North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

North Carolina League Leaders Summit 2019

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The weekend of September 14th and 15th, we'll make our way westerly to Morganton, NC for our 4th Annual NCICL Leaders Summit.  This event brings together coaches and volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community.

New coaches will learn what you need to know about NICA's philosophy, how to work with Student-Athletes, and how to run a team.  Attending this LS will meet your requirement to get to Level 3. On-the-bike 101 training will be offered on Sunday, for a limited number of participants. Priority will be given to coaches of new teams. Remaining spaces can then be filled by new coaches with existing teams. We are limiting the number of participants in on-the-bike classes to enable more feedback and a better experience for coaches. We will be offering additional on-the-bike 101 and 201 classes throughout the fall in different locations.

For experienced coaches and volunteers, we will have a new track this year with content just for you. For experienced coaches that have already been to a Leaders Summit, this LS will count as continuing education credits that you will need to maintain your coaching level (exact credits TBD, but no less than 6).

At previous Leaders Summits, some of the most effective learning comes from peers.  To ensure that we're learning from each other, we'll be soliciting presentations from current NCICL Coaches.  Details coming soon!

After our classroom session on Saturday, we'll go for a group ride at Lake James, then have a Saturday night dinner and social at Fonta Flora Brewery at Whipperwhool Farm, which is minutes from the Lake James trailhead (see below for details).

Our classroom sessions will continue on Sunday morning (except for SOLO participants, who will spend the day in SOLO training).

Your registration includes a basic lunch each day, lights snacks and refreshments, Saturday evening dinner and any conference materials (provided electronically if applicable). Registration does not include lodging or breakfast. Please see information on optional lodging below.

Date: 9/13 (Friday: Overmountain Cycles):


Friday Evening Open House (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

For those arriving Friday evening, Burke Bearcats coach Michael Lowther will host a very casual open house at his shop - Overmountain Cycles. If you arrive before 7 p.m., feel free to stop by to say hello, and perhaps grab a beverage from the Fonta Flora tasting room next door to his shop.


Friday Evening Critical Mass (8:00 PM - ?)

Following the open house, Overmountain Cycles would like to invite you to join them on the Harvest Moon Critical Mass ride. This big group ride will go through downtown Morganton. All bike riders of any type and skill are encouraged to come on this ride. Check out the details, and remember to bring lights!


Date: 9/14 (Saturday: Western Piedmont Community College Foothills Higher Ed Center):


Saturday Check In / Registration (8:00 AM -8:30 AM)


Saturday Classroom (8:30 AM -4:30 PM)

Saturday's seminars cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school student-athletes in the context of a NICA mountain bike club - basic knowledge all NICA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Ride Leaders should be aware of and incorporate into their duties.

A differentiated track will be available for experienced coaches that have previously attended a Leaders Summit, which will include Teen Trail Corp and our Adventure program.

Saturday Ride (5:00-6:30 PM)

Following Saturday's classroom session, we'll depart for Lake James trailhead (approximately 25-minute drive) and ride the Lake James trails (

Lake James


Saturday Evening Social (7:30 PM)

Immediately following our ride at Lake James, we'll make the short jaunt to Fonta Flora Brewery's beautiful Whipperwool Farm, where we'll have a casual dinner in a semi-private setting. We'll have a chance to try out some of their beer and we'll have dinner on-site. This is a great chance to mix with your fellow coaches!


Fonta Flora Brewery at Whippoorwill Farm


Date: 9/15 (Sunday: Western Piedmont Community College Foothills Higher Ed Center):

8:30-4:30 (SOLO Participants Only)
SOLO First Aid (Satisfies Level 3 First Aid Requirement)

This 8 hour frontcountry first aid course is designed for mountain bikers and will satisfy your first aid requirement to get to your Level 3 coaching certification (this will also satisfy level 2). CPR Certification will be included in this training.

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (All Other Participants)
We’ll start the morning back at Western Piedmont Community College Foothills Higher Ed Center for a few more classroom sessions.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


1:00 - 4:30 PM


NICA On-the-Bike Skills 101
In Sunday's clinic, you'll learn the NICA-endorsed training method, which includes the progressive steps needed to teach anyone (even yourself) both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. You will also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. The majority of this clinic will be held outdoors, so please bring your bike and appropriate riding and safety gear for the weather.

Group Ride: TBD

A detailed schedule will be provided in early September.

A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. For more information, please contact Mike Long,



Hotel Blocks

Quality Inn

2400 South Sterling Street

Morganton, NC 28655




$71.10/night + taxes & fees

Group Name: NCICL


Please note: In addition to drive-in tent camping, Lake James has boat-in and walk-in camping. Please make sure that you're booking the correct type of site.

Have questions about North Carolina League Leaders Summit 2019? Contact North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League

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Western Piedmont Community College Foothills Higher Education Center
2128 S Sterling St.
Morganton, NC 28655

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

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