North Central Kansas NICA Mountain Bike Team to Begin New Season


The North Central Kansas NICA Mountain Bike Team is preparing for their first season with an informational meeting with guest Tina Khan, Kansas League Director, and local coaches on Sunday, January 24th, 2:30 p.m. at the Guaranty State Bank & Trust, basement meeting room, 201 S. Mill St., Beloit, KS. The NCK NICA team is open to boys and girls 6th to 12th grade from area schools and homeschool students in North Central Kansas, and is part of the new Interscholastic Kansas Cycling League. Practice commences in February, and attending the meeting is the best ‘first step’ for all new riders. Visit NCK NICA on Facebook for live streaming of the meeting if unable to attend in person.

Head Coach, John McClure, commented, “We’re excited for our first season for NCK NICA and getting more kids on bikes.”

Our mission for NCK NICA is to inspire friendship, joy, and adventure. Our vision is to improve the lives of North Central Kansas youth and communities through cycling.

About the NCK NICA Mountain Bike Team
The NCK NICA Mountain Bike Team, founded in 2020, is an official club in North Central Kansas and plans to hold practices starting in February for the spring event season. The team will compete in the Interscholastic Kansas Cycling League which provides programs to help students achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross-country mountain biking goals and comprises the easiest route for youth to get involved in the life-long sport of cycling.

For more information about the team, visit For more information about the Kansas League, visit

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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