LITW MTB (Photo of Alum Creek Phase 1)
We are Lost in the Woods Mountain Biking (MTB), a non profit organization located in Central Ohio supporting youth development through mountain biking. Our organization supports three local National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) teams open to beginner through advanced youth (grades 6+), competing in the Ohio MTB League. NICA student athletes receive skills instruction from our NICA certified youth coaches. Our organization also supports our club team, Lost in the Woods Racing, which operates independent of our NICA youth teams and provides an opportunity for experienced youth and adults to ride and race together in events across the region.
In our first NICA season (2021), with the support of 18 amazing volunteer coaches, our team quickly grew to become the largest team in the league with 38 student athletes from 8 school districts. We finished our second season with 75 student athletes and 33 coaches. Our student athlete's experience ranges from State Champions to new riders, all are welcome!
While our student athletes are encouraged to participate in race events, joining the team does not require student athletes to race. There are no cuts and no bench; everyone rides no matter their ability level.
Ride and Race Safely
Include and Value Every Rider
LITW coaches are squarely focused on creating a team culture that is welcoming, safe, and fun. We strive to teach riders that mountain biking is a life-long activity for good health, to develop a connection to the outdoors and to enjoy nature with friends and family. We emphasize teamwork and creating stronger and more confident student athletes both on and off the bike.
All NICA coaches are certified and licensed through the NICA training program.
In 2023, we are planning to support 150+ total club members, including 85+ incredible NICA student athletes and 40+ amazing NICA coaches! Follow us on our socials to watch our progress!
If you would like to learn more about us, take a few minutes to explore our site and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
If you are interested in joining us as an athlete or coach, contact us below!
Founded in 2009, NICA develops interscholastic mountain biking programs across the United States. In 2021, 31 leagues operated in 29 states with over 26,000 student athletes and 13,000 coaches.
We build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling
Every youth is empowered to be part of a thriving and engaged cycling community
If interested in learning more about NICA, watch these short 3-4 minute videos from the Utah league for a quick overview!
Check out this awesome drone footage of our local NICA race at Chestnut Ridge from parent Dave Smith!
Here's one more amazing drone video of our final NICA race at Camp Tuscazoar from parent Dave Smith!
For a new rider's perspective, check out this incredible interview with middle schooler Max Hauer after finishing his first MTB race ever! Max continued to gain skills and confidence during the season and completed 3 total races.
Way to go Max!
James Phillips, Team Director (Executive Director, JPMorgan)
Our amazing sponsors make this all possible! They share our passion for supporting youth development and each student athlete's ability to develop a strong body, strong mind and strong character. Together we are helping build a strong community through a healthy and fun sport that can be enjoyed far beyond high school.