The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on the coordination of youth mountain biking teams and races throughout Michigan for elementary, middle, and high school-aged students.
MiSCA is empowering youth and families by creating a community of cyclists who otherwise may not have found the sport. MiSCA now serves more than 350 kids and 150 coaches throughout the state with new clubs/teams forming all the time. In the fall, MiSCA holds a professionally-run youth-only mountain bike race series and had 6 races in 2018. We provide coach training and support through a certification program which requires skills clinics, first aid/CPR training, background checks, and more to ensure safe and consistent education is provided to our youth. Additionally, MiSCA has programming focused on getting more girls active in the sport by creating girls-only events where girls feel welcomed and ensuring girls are included equally in all aspects of the organization. Cycling is truly a lifelong sport and our mission is to create a fun environment where everyone can experience the joys of the outdoors. Download our current flyer for more details.
The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association works to establish and maintain safe, quality scholastic cycling programs. The Association is responsible for establishing a program that will:
- Provide support to schools and organizations wishing to establish scholastic cycling clubs and teams.
- Develop and maintain an interscholastic competition series to promote the sport of cycling and allow kids to build fitness and compete in a healthy, outdoor environment.
- Promote the value of cycling to our youth and community as a mode of transportation and as a lifelong sport.
Scholastic cycling is modeled after the successful collegiate cycling system. In this system the focus is on the individual as part of a larger team and while very competitive the atmosphere is much more relaxed than the usual Michigan mountain bike races. This more relaxed atmosphere is a result of participants that are relatively new to racing as well as the fact that participants do not compete in the normal mountain bike categories but rather compete for their school in more generic skill-based categories.
We offer cycling as a legitimate sport to many students who would not otherwise know it existed as a ‘real sport.’ In other words, we bring new people into the sport of cycling. We also give students disenchanted with the other school sports teams a chance to excel.