NICA Registration/Race Fee -
Jr Development: $235
High School: $285
Team Fee -
Jr Development: $150
High school: $200
Uniform (Kit) Fee -
Jersey: $50 - $65
Shorts: $65 - $70
MINIMUM purchase MUST INCLUDE a jersey, shorts (bibs or baggies), and socks. Optional items can also be purchased at the team's DNA Cycling store
Breakdown of team fees
The NICA fee, team fee, and uniform fee are the costs that cover all practices, races, and any other Utah High School Cycling events during the 2021 season. When combined, it will cost about $625 for a high schooler ( $525 for Jr. Development) to join the team. These fees are a single, one-time-payment for the 2021 season. Note: the team fee and uniform are both paid through the team's DNA Cycling store found here.
The biggest portion of the total cost is the NICA league fee which covers all the race fees, secondary insurance for riders and ride leaders, race venue costs (i.e., renting Snowbasin or Powder Mountain ski resorts for a race). Additionally, the NICA fee is used to train coaches, provide CPR / first aid certification, and background checks in order to ride with the students.
The team fee covers things like race day supplies, food for riders and their families at the races, travel costs to tow the trailer, rider t-shirt, rider hoodie, and an end of year party.
The cycling kit is the full uniform required for races and includes a team jersey, team shorts, and team socks. The kits are high quality, professional cycling clothing, so they are relatively expensive. Normally, a new kit is required each year, but the team is considering a 2 year kit schedule to save costs for families. (Kids usually outgrow their kits after two years anyway.)
You may incur additional costs for a bike (if you don't already have one) and for travelling to races (gas, lodging, and meals). Some people camp at the race venues (space is usually provided) or do day trips to minimize travel costs. Only the Cedar City race in 2021 would require an overnight stay while the rest of the races could be day trips. Go to https://www.utahmtb.org/race for more information about the Central Region races.
Start up costs can expensive if you are new to the sport, however, when compared to other high school activities, mountain biking is relatively cheaper than mainstream sports, choir, or band and their respective travel expenses.
If you are able to source sponsorships from local businesses, half of the sponsorship funds go the team and the other half is given back to the rider's family to help pay fees.