Race 1: MoCo Madness at Schaeffer Farm
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Race 1: MoCo Madness at Schaeffer Farm

  • MICL Race 1: Schaeffer Farm (map)
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Nestled in the heart of Montgomery Country is one of Maryland’s best known trail systems. Surrounded in rich cultural history and beautiful scenery, our student-athletes will experience flowing single track, roots and punchy climbs. Riders will be tested along our 2.82 mile course, but also rewarded with great trail flow and some interspersed passing opportunities.

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Race 2: Fair Hill Frenzy
Sep
28
to Sep 29

Race 2: Fair Hill Frenzy

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area lies just south of the Mason Dixon in Elkton, MD. Once owned by the du Pont family, this nearly 6,000 acre tract of land is host to world-class equestrian facilities and steeped in history. The old growth forests and scenic pastures will make for an incredible kickoff for the Maryland league. Riders will be treated to fun, twisty single track and the shoulders of open fields enjoyed by equestrians. The rolling topography provides a challenging series of climbs and descents.

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Race 3: Rock & Roll at Rosaryville State Park
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Race 3: Rock & Roll at Rosaryville State Park

Rosaryville State Park will offer a thrilling ride and allow riders to enjoy a race loop that tests both their riding skills as well as their tactical racing skills. The course features a double track section starting off to allow riders to spread out, then after diving into the single track at the 1 mile mark, they will be treated to some of the smoothest, swoopiest, and most flowy trail that they will see all year. There are no significant climbs on the lap, so average speeds and spirits will remain high as the trail twists and turns through the woods. There is one driveway crossing to be aware of (we’ll have a marshal there) otherwise, let it rip!

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Race 4: Romp at Rivers Edge Trails
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Race 4: Romp at Rivers Edge Trails

Brunswick lies right along the historic C&O canal and the scenic Potomac River. Riders will be challenged first by portions of the local high school XC running course, then after tucking into the woods behind the middle school, they’ll face the Rivers Edge Trails with single track climbs and descents and some beautifully designed switchbacks. Do your passing early in the lap! This is perhaps our best spectator event with the start/finish in a huge grass bowl and a tightly wrapped course featuring numerous short laps.

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GRiT Social Ride (Girls Riding Together) - Elkridge, MD
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

GRiT Social Ride (Girls Riding Together) - Elkridge, MD

Credit: Joey Pulone

Credit: Joey Pulone

Come join us for a day of trails, fellowship, and fun! 

All girls who will be entering 6th grade through adult are welcome!  This is a great opportunity to try out the sport of mountain biking with a supportive group of female riders.

No bike?  No problem!  We will have loaner bikes on hand on a first come, first serve basis.

Stick around after the ride for an ice cream social!

There is no cost for this event.  

Maryland GRiT Events sponsored by:

Joe’s Bike Shop

Joe’s Bike Shop

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GRiT Mechanical Clinic (Girls Riding Together) - Baltimore, MD
Jun
2
4:30 PM16:30

GRiT Mechanical Clinic (Girls Riding Together) - Baltimore, MD

Can you change a flat? Is your derailleur a mystery to you?

Come out to this hands on clinic to learn about some basic bike repair and maintenance. This clinic is limited to 20 people.

Brought to you by Joe's Bike Shop in Mt. Washington.

Maryland GRiT Events sponsored by:

Joe’s Bike Shop

Joe’s Bike Shop

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GRiT Social Ride (Girls Riding Together) - Germantown, MD
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

GRiT Social Ride (Girls Riding Together) - Germantown, MD

Credit: Antonio Paterniti

Credit: Antonio Paterniti

The Maryland GRiT Committee invites you to celebrate International Women's Mountain Biking Day with rides and activities at Schaeffer Farm.

Experienced and beginner riders are welcome.  All girls from 6th grade to adult are invited to participate in this event.

No bike?  No problem, we will have loaner bikes on hand.  Demo bikes will also be available from a local Trek dealer. 

There will be games, food, riding, and FUN!

You can also create your own GRiT tie-dye t-shirt and support Maryland GRiT.  Shirts will be for sale for $20 and funds will help us with future events.

There is no fee for this event.

Maryland GRiT Events sponsored by:

Joe’s Bike Shop

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Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Bel Air
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Bel Air

Join several members of the leadership team behind the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League. MICL is a middle and high school mountain bike league open to all kids in grades 6-12. They can join school or regional based teams, practice, even race if they want. At this meeting you can learn all about the league, how to get involved as a parent, coach, or volunteer, how to get your kids involved, how to help a team form, what the program looks like, what the events and races look like - just about everything...and if we don't cover it, there will be plenty of time at the end for questions.

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GRiT Social Ride (Girls Riding Together) - Brunswick, MD
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

GRiT Social Ride (Girls Riding Together) - Brunswick, MD

Credit: Antonio Paterniti

Credit: Antonio Paterniti

Have you been thinking about trying out the sport of mountain biking?  The Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League invites all girls from 6th grade to adult to come out and explore the trails on the Rivers Edge Trail System.  No experience necessary.  We have rides planned for all levels of riders.

No bike?  No problem!  We will have loaner bikes on hand on a first come, first serve basis.

Make your own trail mix after your ride!

There is no fee for this event.

Maryland GRiT Events sponsored by:

Joe’s Bike Shop

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Leader Summit
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Leader Summit

  • Gary J. Arthur Community Center (map)
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Description

The Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League’s second annual Leader Summit will bring together coaches —both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. In 2019 Maryland will continue our mission of providing the opportunity for every middle and high school student, public or private, to form club teams and participate in a scholastic mountain bike season brought to you by the Maryland League, an official project league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). This conference will promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive.

Being Maryland's inaugural season, the DUAL focus of the 2019 Leaders Summit will be about how to establish a team in the league, and how to develop and nurture a returning team. The Leaders Summit will arm you with the knowledge, skills and resources available to assist you in establishing an official club sport at your local middle or high school. With over 700 NICA teams across 25 leagues in 24 states in the US, we don't have to reinvent any wheels in Maryland. Currently over 18,000 Student-Athletes participate in leagues across the country with league growth averaging 35% every year, this is an exciting time for kids and adult mentors in Maryland to be apart of the fastest growing youth mountain bike program in the US.

Team formation and official registration starts April 1st - the day after the summit! In-season team practices can start July 1st. Our racing season will run from September through October of 2019, with race venues located throughout the state.


Agenda

Saturday, March 30, 2019

NICA Culture & Coaching Philosophy, Risk Management and Team Practices

Saturday's seminars cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school student athletes in the context of a NICA mountain bike club. We sometimes call it "Learning the NICA Way" because it puts into context the background and philosophy for why NICA and MICL programming are set up the way that they are. Saturday's seminars cover basic knowledge that all NICA Level 1, 2 and 3 coaches should be aware of and incorporate into their duties.

We will be planning an optional evening activity nearby that will include dinner for those who would like to join.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Develop Your Team Community, Learn Some Rules, and NICA On The Bike Skills for Coaches

Sunday morning will be more classroom and small group setting stuff. Expect to be indoors through lunchtime. We'll talk about setting the tone for your teams culture, how to structure a season of practices, and learn the basics of the NICA rulebook. After that, plan on a classroom talk about the OTB 101 skills session.

Sunday's clinic - You'll learn the NICA-endorsed training method, which includes the progressive steps needed to teach anyone (even yourself) both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. You will also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. The majority of the afternoon clinic will be held outdoors, so please bring your bike and appropriate riding and safety gear for the weather. Again - there are 200 miles of trails accessible from the venue, and we will have a couple of ride leaders available to show you some of Pataspsco Valley State Parks finest singletrack.

Check out this detailed agenda for the weekend.

This agenda is still in development and we will reach out to all registrants in the weeks leading up to the summit with lots more details!


Registration Fee: $60*

Includes:

  • Basic breakfast and a catered lunch each day. Please advise us in advance of any dietary restrictions.

  • Coffee will also be provided each morning.

  • Access to digital Coaches Manual & OTB Skills Manual and Conference Materials.

*We have been able to reduce the registration fee by a significant amount from last year thanks to amazing support from Horizon Foundation, a Howard County nonprofit with a mission to improve access to opportunities and help provide healthier lifestyles for Howard County residents.


Lodging Options:

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Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Anne Arundel County
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Anne Arundel County

Join several members of the leadership team behind the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League. MICL is a middle and high school mountain bike league open to all kids in grades 6-12. They can join school or regional based teams, practice, even race if they want. At this meeting you can learn all about the league, how to get involved as a parent, coach, or volunteer, how to get your kids involved, how to help a team form, what the program looks like, what the events and races look like - just about everything...and if we don't cover it, there will be plenty of time at the end for questions.

This meeting will also feature a SPECIAL BONUS as we take the opportunity to recognize local student-athletes who were series overall champions in their categories in the 2018 season.

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Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Frederick
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Frederick

Join The Bicycle Escape and several members of the leadership team behind the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League (MICL). MICL is a middle and high school mountain bike league open to all kids in grades 6-12. They can join school or regional based teams, practice, even race if they want. At this meeting you can learn all about the league, how to get involved as a parent, coach, or volunteer, how to get your kids involved, how to help a team form, what the program looks like, what the events and races look like - just about everything...and if we don't cover it, there will be plenty of time at the end for questions.

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Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Montgomery County
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Montgomery County

Join AABC and several members of the leadership team behind the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League (MICL). MICL is a middle and high school mountain bike league open to all kids in grades 6-12. They can join school or regional based teams, practice, even race if they want. At this meeting you can learn all about the league, how to get involved as a parent, coach, or volunteer, how to get your kids involved, how to help a team form, what the program looks like, what the events and races look like - just about everything...and if we don't cover it, there will be plenty of time at the end for questions.

This meeting will also feature a SPECIAL BONUS as we take the opportunity to recognize several local student-athletes who were series overall champions in their categories in the 2018 season.

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Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Baltimore City
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Baltimore City

Join several members of the leadership team behind the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League (MICL). MICL is a middle and high school mountain bike league open to all kids in grades 6-12. They can join school or regional based teams, practice, even race if they want. At this meeting you can learn all about the league, how to get involved as a parent, coach, or volunteer, how to get your kids involved, how to help a team form, what the program looks like, what the events and races look like - just about everything...and if we don't cover it, there will be plenty of time at the end for questions.

This meeting will also feature a SPECIAL BONUS as we take the opportunity to recognize several local student-athletes who were series overall champions in their categories in the 2018 season.

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Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Catonsville
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Catonsville

Join several members of the leadership team behind the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League (the two league directors are both Catonsville residents!). MICL is a middle and high school mountain bike league open to all kids in grades 6-12. They can join school or regional based teams, practice, even race if they want. At this meeting you can learn all about the league, how to get involved as a parent, coach, or volunteer, how to get your kids involved, how to help a team form, what the program looks like, what the events and races look like - just about everything...and if we don't cover it, there will be plenty of time at the end for questions.

This meeting will also feature a SPECIAL BONUS as we take the opportunity to recognize several local student-athletes who were series overall champions in their categories in the 2018 season.

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Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Wilmington, DE
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Dirt Tour (Information Session) - Wilmington, DE

Join several members of the leadership team behind the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League (MICL). MICL is a middle and high school mountain bike league open to all kids in grades 6-12. They can join school or regional based teams, practice, even race if they want. At this meeting you can learn all about the league, how to get involved as a parent, coach, or volunteer, how to get your kids involved, how to help a team form, what the program looks like, what the events and races look like - just about everything...and if we don't cover it, there will be plenty of time at the end for questions.

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