the most important document for RACE weekend:


Race operations and the infield will be located at the address above. We will have clear signage beginning at the driveway entrance and a managed drop off area. Parking will be on grass. Look for our volunteers to guide you!

Course Description

Schaeffer Farm Trails in Montgomery County is well known for not only it’s challenging trail system, but also for the community that maintains and improves it. Racers this year will be treated to two newly built sections of the White loop (Thank you MORE trail crew!) that really improve the trail experience with wide bench cuts, beautifully built bridges, fun twists and turns, and a lap that offers more fun singletrack trail than last year at 3.5 miles long. There is primitive field camping available for free and last year the full moon kickball match was epic - look for a rematch and we’ll also need to break in our new cornhole set!



The course will be open for pre-ride Saturday afternoon (2 - 5 p.m.) and Sunday morning (8 - 9 a.m.). We strongly recommend that all racers pre-ride the course and bring a map, plenty of water, cell phone and not ride alone. Please pass course workers with great care and stay off the course outside of the above times. ALL riders on course are required to have a MICL Race Plate, including adults.

Adventure Program

The MICL Adventure program presented by Salsa Cycles will be launching at this event. Expect an adventure course that is clearly marked and available for student-athletes to use with at least one licensed team coach along with them (or more as required by risk management ratios). More details on adventure will be updated here

GRit Program

The MICL GRiT program presented by Joes Bike Shop will have programming at all MICL events this year. The GRiT area will be a gathering space for all student-athletes and will be particularly welcoming to our new and returning female participants. Learn more about GRiT programming for this event here.

Try It Out Program

The MICL Try It Out program presented by Race Pace Bicycles will be at all pre-rides this year. It will allow new & beginner students to “try it out” with a sweet new bike, riding on our marked course with other students and coaches! Check in at our registration tent to learn how you or a friend can try out mountain biking on one of our courses.

Registration Information & Race Plate Pickup

Saturday September 7, 2019 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Sunday September 8, 2019 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Race plates will be available for pickup at registration on Saturday and Sunday. These chip timing number plates will be used for the entire season, please do not lose them. This will be quick and painless if you’ve already registered in the league double- check that you are registered and Race Ready in the NICA Pit Zone before online registration closes. Day-of registration closes for each wave one hour before that waves start time.

Important Notes & Rules

  • Vehicles are not allowed in the team pit and infield areas any time.

  • No Smoking in the team pit or infield areas.

  • Leave No Trace event - plan to pack out all your own trash - there will not be trash receptacles provided.

  • No inappropriate language allowed in the team pit and infield areas.

  • Any conflicts and/or disputes with any race official or volunteer shall not be dealt with in the team pit area.

  • Any violation of the above rules may result in a team penalty and/or expulsion from the team pit and infield area.

  • No gasoline generators and no open fires inside the team pit area, please.

  • Keep dogs on leashes at all times and clean up after your dogs.

  • Review our Refund and Weather Policy.

  • All racing will be governed by the NICA Rulebook and MICL policies.

  • We hope all racers and their families will stay after the race for the award ceremony!

Important Camping/Button Farm Rules

  • LEAVE NO TRACE: Button Farm is not responsible for trash or recycling. Campers must pack out everything they bring into the park.

  • WATER: There is no potable water available on the site. Campers must bring their own water for drinking and other personal uses. (League will maintain a water cooler during event hours, but plan to bring your own water!)

  • FIRE SAFETY: Fires must be kept within the stone fire circle provided. No other ground fires are permitted, but portable gas grills are allowed.

  • Button Farm staff provides water for dousing fires. Only provided firewood is to be burned.

  • PARKING: Cars are to be parked in designated areas only.

  • DOGS: Dogs are being permitted by special permission- ON LEASH ONLY PLEASE due to the live farm animals around the area

  • SENECA CREEK STATE PARK: Button Farm is inside of Seneca Creek State Park. When campers leave the farm and enter the park, they are to abide by all state park rules and

  • ALCOHOL: Campers must follow all Maryland state laws regarding the possession and consumption of drugs and alcohol.


    • The house, the yard enclosed by the white picket fence, the red garage/shed, all animal pens and housing, the barn and the pole barn (pavilion) are off limits to campers.

    • Farm animals are not to be fed, touched, chased, or otherwise harassed. Animals like pigs are potentially dangerous.

    • Firearms are not permitted.

    • After hours access of the farm is available, but visitors are responsible for closing and securing the gate behind them each time they enter and leave the farm. Gate will remain open from 7 am - 9 pm Sat and Sun.

Interactive Course Map

Important Contacts

Race Director

Dan Abate

League Directors

Fred Powell, & Jon Posner

Volunteer Coordinators

Birgitta Tambeaux

Registration Lead

Adam Lewandowski

Chief Course Marshal

Steve Harper

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are the backbone of our league and make our events possible. Please consider volunteering at this race, we know you’ll love it, money-back guarantee!

Waves, Start Times, Laps and Distance

Wave 1

Varsity Girls (1-49) 9:30 3 10:45 10.5
JV Girls (100’s) 9:32 2 10:08 7
Sophomore Girls (400’s) 9:34 2 10:10 7
Freshman Girls (700’s) 9:36 2 10:12 7
Middle Sch. Girls Grade 8 (6000’s) 9:38 2 10:14 7
Middle Sch. Girls Grade 7 (5000’s) 9:40 2 10:16 7
Middle Sch. Girls Grade 6 (4000’s) 9:42 2 10:18 7

Wave 2

Middle Sch. Boys Grade 8A (3000’s) 11:15 2 11:51 7
Middle Sch. Boys Grade 8B (3000’s) 11:16 2 11:52 7
Middle Sch. Boys Grade 7A (2000’s) 11:18 2 11:54 7
Middle Sch. Boys Grade 7B (2000’s) 11:19 2 11:55 7
Middle Sch. Boys Grade 6A (1000’s) 11:21 2 11:57 7
Middle Sch. Boys Grade 6B (1000’s) 11:22 2 11:58 7

Wave 3

Varsity Boys (50-99) 12:30 4 2:00 14
JV Boys (300’s) 12:32 3 1:44 10.5
Sophomore Boys A (500’s) 12:34 2 1:10 7
Sophomore Boys B (500’s) 12:35 2 1:11 7
Freshman Boys A (900’s) 12:37 2 1:13 7
Freshman Boys B (900’s) 12:38 2 1:14 7

There will be food!

Chix N Stix Food Truck will be on site.