A world with more girls riding is a world with stronger women
She rounds the corner with her eyes focused on the line ahead, smiling as she winds deftly between rocks and roots. She is one with the trail, her two wheels like a set of wings—that is, until she sees the hill. Hesitation slows her tempo as the inevitability of a dismount enters her mind. But before she has the chance to unclip her pedals, she looks over her shoulder and gazes back at all she has conquered. Her tempo quickens. She lifts off the saddle and leans over her handlebars, putting everything she has into moving forward and up. And just when her legs have all but given in, she laughs and begins her descent from the top of the world. This is your daughter. Your sister. Your best friend. At least it could be. And she might not tell you outright, but there are times when she’s been ignored, times she’s struggled, countless encounters when she’s been made to feel she isn’t good enough. But here, at the top of this climb, she knows her truth. And when her bike is back in the garage, helmet off, and cleats unclipped, that feeling is still there. She can do anything. Mountain biking taught her so. But for many girls, self-confidence is either foreign or fleeting, and this can lead to missed opportunities for growth and adventure. NICA is out to change that.