With the massive positive impact that NICA has made around the country and a sky rocketing growth curve, we are pleased to share this information with you. The NICA directors and managers had the forsight to even broadcast the event on-line (information and link is below) so that those who cannot make the trip to Emmeryville California can participate. I am personally stoked to see Todd Wells speak. I have crossed paths several time with Todd at events around the globe and his is great guy. His presence at this event and his involvement in NICA is invaluable to the continued success.
Todd Wells is Honored Guest at 2015 NICA Awards Banquet
Recipient list shows diversity of people involved in interscholastic cycling
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BERKELEY - From winning multiple National Championships, Leadville 100 twice and competing in three Olympic games, Todd Wells is arguably one of America’s most accomplished cyclists and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) is thrilled to have him as the guest of honor for NICA’s 6th Annual Awards Ride & Banquet January 30th, 2016. Lucas Euser, professional racer and US Olympic 2014 Jack Kelly Fair Play Award recipient, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the banquet.
The NICA Awards provide insight to the tremendous diversity of people and roles involved in the interscholastic school cycling movement. Among those honored on this night are student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and partners who have made outstanding contributions toward the expansion of interscholastic cycling across the United States.
Todd Wells states, “I am humbled to be named as the guest of honor at NICA’s 2016 Annual Awards Banquet. I have been involved and inspired by NICA since it blossomed out of the NorCal League seven years ago. The tireless and selfless work by everyone involved is nothing short of amazing, more kids on bikes, what more can you say.”
Todd Wells was born in Kingston NY and fell in love with the bicycle shortly thereafter. He raced BMX from the age of five before switching to the mountain bike upon graduating high school. He moved to Durango, CO to race bikes and attend Fort Lewis College and finished his business degree at the University of Arizona. He took a short hiatus from cycling to work in the corporate world before returning to racing where he went on to win fifteen National Championships across multiple disciplines, win the Leadville 100 twice as well as representing the U.S. in three Olympics. When he isn’t racing around the world you can find him hanging out with his family in either Durango or Tucson.
Austin McInerny, NICA’s executive director, said, “Todd is a very special individual and athlete and all of us at NICA are ecstatic to have him attending the awards event. Much like the individuals we recognize this weekend, Todd has displayed incredible dedication to cycling, his supporters and family and to giving it his best effort in everything he pursues. From multiple Olympic games, to the trails above Leadville, Colorado, to the classrooms at Ft. Lewis College and to countless races in multiple disciplines, Todd has shown what can be achieved when one works hard and commits themselves to clean and rigorous training; he is a true champion and a role model for NICA’s youth.”
In addition to recognizing many outstanding individuals, the awards event is an opportunity to summarize NICA’s successes over the past six years and to detail efforts to strengthen opportunities for youth development thru cycling, particularly in communities where cycling is not an established sport. Austin explained, “As NICA expands into new regions and builds on the knowledge gained over the past few years, we are working diligently to bring cycling to disadvantaged communities to help inspire, motivate, equip and support a new generation of individuals as they become life-long cyclists.”
NICA will present awards in eleven categories to sixteen outstanding individuals across NICA’s leagues in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, New York, Northern California, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Virginia.