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2024 Arkansas Interscholastic Cycling League Race Series

One of the great things about a NICA League, which separates us from other youth cycling development programs, is we produce our own youth-specific events. This means we pick out race venues and work directly with landowners and managers to produce the highest quality youth development racecourses and events. The student-athletes get a stage of their own, away from adult competitions, and we strive for safety and fun above all other factors.

The Arkansas League will produce a total of 7 events in 2024.  On our Time Trial weekend we will have a special Race Clinic Event on that Saturday aimed at getting more girls on bikes in addition to allowing newer riders have a practice race, attend a race clinic and do their first mass start.  Followed by a Prelude Time Trial and 4 races in the fall.  New for 2024 we have 2 Regions.  Plains (Central, South and NE Arkansas) and Plateaus (NWA and OK generally).    The competitive racing will consist of 2 regional events, and 2 All league Events.   We will crown regional champions at the end of Race 3 based of total points and also have a true "winner take all" State Championship Event at Race 4.  Athletes must have attended atleast 2 prior races to be eligible to win the State Championship.

2024
Race Events

  • Race Clinic and Time Trial Weekend

    August 24-25

    Conway, Arkansas

    Plains/Plateau Combined


  • RACE 1 Plateau Region

    September 7-8

    Siloam Springs, JBU Campus

    Plateau Regional


  • RACE 1 Plains Region

    September 14-15

    Harrison, AR

    Plains Regional


  • RACE 2 Mid Season Classic

    September 28-29

    Conway, AR

    Plains/Plateau Combined

     


  • RACE 3 Plains Region

    October 5-6 

    Cedar Glades

    Plains Regional


  • RACE 3 Plateau Region

    October 5-6

    Barling, AR (Springhill Park)

    Plateau Regional


  • RACE 4 Champions Weekend

    October 26-27

    Centennial Park, Fayetteville AR

    AR NICA State Championship

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Race 2 Mid Season Classic (All)

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Race 3 Plains Region

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category placement

In 2023, Arkansas NICA  will continue to use Ability Based Racing categories.  This will improve the experience of the student athletes racing in league races.

Middle School Categories

  • Girls Level 1, grade 6
  • Girls Level 1, grades 7-8
  • Girls Level 2, grades 6-8
  • Girls Level 3, grades 7-8
  • Boys Level 1, grade 6
  • Boys Level 1, grade 7
  • Boys Level 1, grade 8
  • Boys Level 2, grades 6/7
  • Boys Level 2, grade 8
  • Boys Level 3, grades 7/8
  • Open Categories:  For each grade in 2023 there will be an "Open" Category.  This is a non-gender specific category. Some examples of ways that this category could benefit student athletes and communicated:
    • Students that want to ride/ race with their friends
    • Students that identify as non-binary aren’t forced to choose a gender they don’t identify with
    • Siblings that want to race/ ride together or apart
    • Athletes must petition to be placed in this category

High School Categories

  • Freshman (for 9th graders, may include racers with limited or no racing experience, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends).
  • JV 2 (for 10th-12th grade boys and girls beginning their racing career with little or no racing experience and/or those who have not qualified for and/or are not seeking higher levels of competition with heavier workloads, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends).
  • JV 3 (for 10th-12th grade boys and girls with racing experience who have qualified for and/or are seeking higher levels of competition with heavier workloads, typically completes 3-4 laps depending on the course, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 540 points and descends, placement criteria below).
  • Varsity (for 10th-12th graders with racing experience who have qualified for and are seeking the highest levels of competition with heaviest workloads, typically complete 4-5 laps depending on the course, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 570 points and descends, placement criteria below).
  • Open (for each grade)  This is a non-gender specific category.The goal is to be an ally and not to alienate students while also giving traditional gender identifying students the opportunity to compete alongside their peers. Some examples of ways that this category could benefit student athletes and communicated:
    • Students that want to ride/ race with their friends
    • Students that identify as non-binary aren’t forced to choose a gender they don’t identify with
    • Siblings that want to race/ ride together or apart
    • Athletes must petition to race in this category
Riders who have previously raced in the Arkansas NICA League will be automatically put in their correct categories in the pit zone according to the Category Placement Tables.
See the NICA Handbook, Arkansas Appendix, for more details on how the categories are determined. (Until National MTB updates them, here is a link to the NICA 2022 Handbook
Riders who have never raced in the Arkansas NICA League will be placed in the beginner category of their grade level.
Riders may petition to race in a different category than they have been placed by going through the petition process.  Student athlete should fill out this petition form and turn it into his/her coach.  Contact your coach for more information.
USA Cycling Note:   NICA Athletes are not required to join USA Cycling.  However, we do wish to note that they are able to get a free junior license by completing the attached form.    This will allow NICA athletes to compete at other non NICA sanctioned events without paying additional fees to join USA Cycling or purchase one-day licenses.  USAC License Discount Code form
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