The organizations listed below support or make possible what we are doing through NITRO. Please visit their sites to learn more about each organization and consider supporting them.
Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops interscholastic 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 every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike.
The Georgia High School Cycling League was organized in 2013 to provide competitive mountain biking programs for students in grades 9 to 12. With the cooperation of local race organizers, our partners, and our sponsors we are able to provide a high quality mountain racing experience. In 2015 we added our Middle School program and changed our name to the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (GICL). The League is committed to teaching safe riding practices.
The Roswell/Alpharetta Mountain Biking Organization (RAMBO) Chapter of the Southern Off Road Biking Association (SORBA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving off road biking recreational opportunities through advocacy for quality trail systems. RAMBO helps maintain NITRO's primary practice location: Big Creek MTB Trails, off Old Alabama Road, and also accessible via the Big Creek Greenway.
The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, Woodstock, GA Chapter (SORBA-W), was formed in March, 2000, by a group of local mountain bikers. With the mission to preserve, protect, and educate the community, SORBA-W's primary focus has been advocacy, mountain bike trail development, and trail maintenance in Cherokee County. SORBA Woodstock is a non-profit chapter of IMBA/SORBA serving the Woodstock and Canton Georgia area that includes two trail systems frequently used by NITRO - Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trail System, on Sixes Road, and Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails, located just east of Blankets in Olde Rope Mill Park.
"Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling. We aim to create a community that will empower girls through the sport, emphasize the importance of goal-setting, promote healthy life styles and recognize the positive effects of strong female bonds. While this program is centered around creating camaraderie for girls on bikes, it is most importantly about having fun in a constructive environment." NITRO loves Littla Bellas for a number of reasons. Please check out their website and consider getting involved as a mentor or supporter of its mission.
Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.
Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has the mission of “transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth.” To that end, PCA has conducted roughly 5,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 200,000 youth sports leaders, coaches, parents and athletes. Workshop attendees have helped create a positive, character-building youth sports environment for more than 2.2 million youth athletes.
PCA trains Double-Goal Coaches®, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. This coaching method takes its name from “The Double-Goal Coach,” a book by PCA Founder and Executive Director Jim Thompson.
Chain Buster Racing was founded and run by GICL's Director of Racing, Kenny Griffin in 2009. Eddie Freyer, a business partner of Kenny's and the Founder, League and Race Director for the Alabama NICA League took over the reins of Chain Buster in November of 2015. With the move, Kenny has more time to devote to growing GICL and has added the role of Executive Director to his responsibilities.
For over 6 years, Chain Buster Productions has been producing the premier endurance mountain bike series in the southeast. Our 6/3 hour format offers a little something for everyone. Members of NITRO and their families have participated in Chain Buster events for years and look forward to continuing to support this top-notch event provider.