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County Copperheads (previously Carroll County Composite) was formed in 2018. The co-ed team consists of twenty-one student-athletes from both high and middle schools throughout Carroll County. The team offers an outlet to students who are not interested in traditional high school sports or who want to ride in addition to their participation in other sports. Everyone is welcome. Our team members have ranged from students who had previously never been on the trails to one student athlete who participated in the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championship. Coaches are all volunteers trained by MICL. We are still a composite team, but voted to change our name at the end of the 2021 season.
The Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). MICL was organized in 2017 to provide a fun, safe and high-quality mountain biking program for students in grades 6 to 12. Regardless of ability level, the Maryland League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes. The league’s mission statement is to enable every Maryland teen to develop a strong mind, a strong body and strong character through lifelong participation in cycling.
You can find out more about them by visiting the MICL website.
NICA or National Interscholastic Cycling Association is the nationwide organization that oversees the state leagues such as MICL. Please visit the NICA website to see their mission, vision and values statements and to learn more about the association.
From the 2022 NICA Handbook, a student must meet the following criteria:
From the 2022 NICA Handbook:
In addition to the equipment listed above, you will need to register with MICL through the NICA Pit Zone. Your account will be established by the team director before you can log in. The registration includes the five events from September to November. We will list the Season 5 fees here as soon as available. For references, the 2021 (Season 4) registration fee for all 5 events was $275.00 per student.
The team itself is committed to fund itself through fundraisers and sponsors, so there is no student dues for the team.
Absolutely! First you need to sign a NICA Waiver. There is one for students considering riding and one for adults considering coaching. Fill out the one you need. Next use our Contact Us page to request information about our practice times and locations. Print out the NICA Waiver, and bring it with you when you join us for one practice. Please understand this can only be done once.