the most important document for RACE weekend:

Address & Directions

Fair Hill is a big park
You’ve been warned :)

Race operations and the infield will be located at the 483 Gallaher Rd. Elkton, MD 21921. We will have clear signage beginning at the gravel driveway entrance and a managed drop off area. Parking will be on grass. Look for our volunteers to guide you!

Course Description

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area lies just south of the Mason-Dixon line in Elkton, MD. Once owned by the duPont family, this nearly 6000 acre parcel is home to world-class equestrian facilities and rich with history. Old growth forests and scenic pastures dotted with the ruins of historic buildings will make for a beautiful course and venue. Riders will need all their directional change skills for the twisty singletrack portion of the course, and they’ll need to draw on their fitness and grit for the gradual climb up to the finish line.



The course will be open for pre-ride Saturday afternoon (2:30 - 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 ride presented by Salsa Cycles is still in the works. 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 28, 2019 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Sunday September 29, 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!

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 a.m. 3 10:30 a.m. 9.9
JV Girls (100’s) 9:32 a.m. 2 10:08 a.m. 6.6
Sophomore Girls (400’s) 9:34 a.m. 2 10:10 a.m. 6.6
Freshman Girls (700’s) 9:36 a.m. 2 10:12 a.m. 6.6
Middle Sch. Girls Grade 8 (6000’s) 9:38 a.m. 2 10:14 a.m. 6.6
Middle Sch. Girls Grade 7 (5000’s) 9:40 a.m. 2 10:16 a.m. 6.6
Middle Sch. Girls Grade 6 (4000’s) 9:42 a.m. 2 10:18 a.m. 6.6

Wave 2

Middle Sch. Boys Grade 8 ODD (3000’s) 11:15 a.m. 2 11:51 a.m. 6.6
Middle Sch. Boys Grade 8 EVEN (3000’s) 11:17 a.m. 2 11:53 a.m. 6.6
Middle Sch. Boys Grade 7 (2000’s) 11:19 a.m. 2 11:55 a.m. 6.6
Middle Sch. Boys Grade 6 (2000’s) 11:21 a.m. 2 11:57 a.m. 6.6

Wave 3

Varsity Boys (50-99) 12:30 p.m. 4 2:00 p.m. 13.2
JV Boys ODD (300’s) 12:32 p.m. 3 1:44 p.m. 9.9
JV Boys EVEN (300's) 12:34 p.m. 3 1:46 p.m. 9.9
Sophomore Boys (500’s) 12:36 p.m. 2 1:12 p.m. 6.6
Freshman Boys ODD (900’s) 12:38 p.m. 2 1:14 p.m. 6.6
Freshman Boys EVEN (900’s) 12:40 p.m. 2 1:16 p.m. 6.6

There will be food!

Maryland in a CAN and Waffle’n Joe Food Trucks will be on site - bring your appetite!.