The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) held a Tennessee High School Cycling League mountain bike race in Knoxville for the first time on October 11 in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This was the third event in the state’s four-race fall series for both high school and middle school students.
Working with Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, representatives from the Tennessee League said the Knoxville race highlighted Legacy Parks’ new purpose built flow trails for mountain biking that are ideally located in an urban area. The trails were made possible by a State of Tennessee Recreational Trails Program grant and built on Legacy Parks’ property.
“The trail is very smooth with machine built surfaces, burmed turns, and great passing opportunities,” said Speed Baranco, President of the Board of the Tennessee League. Although not yet open to the public, Legacy Parks allowed the special use for this first school event. More than 150 racers from around the state participated in the Sunday race. Teams came from as far as Memphis, Collierville, Nashville, and even some from Kentucky competed in five to 15 mile races.
Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops high school mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services, and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events and supports development of every student-athlete.
For more information on racing, starting a team, or volunteering, visit the League’s website at www.tennesseemtb.org.