NICA and Podiumwear Custom Sports Apparel announce partnership to provide American made cycling jerseys to NICA State Leagues
Podiumwear is the Official Jersey Supplier for NICA’s Growing Federation of High School Mountain Bike Teams
Tuesday, January 12, 2016, St. Paul, Minn.
Podiumwear, a St. Paul, Minnesota based manufacturer of custom cycling apparel announced its partnership with NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) to be the official jersey sponsor of the growing national organization.
“We are a company with strong ties to high school sports, so we are thrilled to support this explosion of middle and high school mountain bike racing,” said Podiumwear CEO Reid Lutter. “We’ve been watching the league really take off here in Minnesota and that is great to see. We outfit many of the Minnesota League’s teams and we are excited to introduce our made-in-America products to the rest of NICA’s leagues across the country.”
Podiumwear will provide leader jerseys for NICA member leagues in New York, Wisconsin, Virginia, Minnesota, Georgia, Tennessee, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. The first league to sport the new Podiumwear leader jerseys will be New York during their 2016 spring league. In addition, Podiumwear will produce NICA-branded Podiumwear designs for sale to the general public as a fundraiser in support of NICA’s efforts to make mountain biking an accepted high school sport.
Coaches and parents will be able to use Podiumwear’s convenient Team Storefront interface to make their yearly team purchase as simple as possible. Podiumwear boasts one of the fastest turn-around times in the industry as well as a low 5-piece minimum. Cycling teams can choose from three levels of jerseys, shorts and bibs, a full line of accessories as well as custom lightweight, mid-weight and winter-weight cycling jackets. NICA’s Executive Director, Austin McInerny stated “We are thrilled to work with Podiumwear to make high quality, made in America jerseys available to our growing membership. Creating a new interscholastic sport is not easy and with the support of companies like Podiumwear, we are helping a quickly growing number of adolescents become life-long cyclists.”
Long-time team coach Reid Lutter founded Podiumwear in 2003 after being unable to find a custom apparel company whose clothing and customer service lived up to his standards. Today, Podiumwear manufactures several lines of custom apparel including cycling, nordic skiing, alpine skiing, ultimate and triathlon. All Podiumwear products are designed, printed, cut and sewn with pride in St. Paul, Minnesota using the latest in sublimation technology, sewing techniques and high-performance fabrics. More info at www.podiumwear.com
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. As of January 2016, NICA has 19 state and regional leagues, and 3,000 coaches who are working with 7,500 student-athletes from 522 middle and high schools in the USA. More info at www.nationalmtb.org