Race Series


2017 Series Info will be posted soon – Info below is from 2016

Series Standings

NICA-sanctioned races provide student athletes an arena in which to set and accomplish competitive goals and to achieve their personal best. We have a 5-race season, held in the Fall of each year. Professional race promotion, timing, course preparation and risk management guarantee every participating student athlete is given a fun and fast environment.

Before you plan to attend one of our races, check out a few of the helpful links below:

NICA Quick Start Guide to Attending Interscholastic Mountain Biking (PDF)

NICA Rule Book (PDF)

Pre-Race Checklist (PDF)

Race #1: Marysville Epic

September 18th
Oesterling Farm Marysville, PA
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Race Description

The trails at the Oesterling Farm are true classics in the world of Mid-Atlantic mountain biking and we can’t wait to introduce the League to them this Fall. You’re in for a treat! There is a wonderful mix of open pastures and flowy singletrack that make for fun riding and fantastic spectating. What have essentially become our League Director’s fingerprint, the trails here have been perfected over a decade of races. Not quite Mike’s backyard, but it might as well be. It is a scenic setting to make history: the first ever interscholastic mountain bike race in Pennsylvania, just outside of the Capitol.

Riders will begin behind the barn and homestead, near rows of what used to be a tree farm, and ascend nearly a half mile of uneven grassy terrain. This should spread everyone out before the first stretch of singletrack at the top of the hill. Most sustained climbing will happen during this first half of the course. Singletrack is mixed with doubletrack and open grass segments for opportunities to pass or take a break. The course is often tight and twisty, and riders will come close to the infield before completing a lap. There are many places to spectate where you’ll see riders in all directions. Bring your cowbells!

For information on local hotels and restaurants see the Venue Website.

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+ RACE UPDATES +

8/30 – Race Flyer has been updated with less laps for Varsity & JV Girls

9/2 – Race Flyer has been updated: Online registration closes Monday before event

9/6 – Race Flyer has been updated: Wave times have changed.

9/7 – If you plan to camp Saturday night at the Farm, please register HERE.

9/12 – Mad Dash grilled cheese and MoJoe Kool will be onsite all weekend!

9/12 – Pre-reg closes tonight at midnight. Get your riders signed up teams!

9/14 – IMPORTANT: To cover maintenance costs at the Farm, we’ll be charging $3 per vehicle for parking. Please be sure to bring cash! Thanks.

Be sure to review the Oesterling Farm Rules before this weekend. 

Race #2: The Flow at Jordan Creek

October 2nd
Jordan Creek Park Allentown, PA
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RACE DESCRIPTION

Hugging the water that gives it its name, Jordan Creek Park is a hidden gem right in Pennsylvania’s third largest cities. The park is just off of the state-crossing Route 22 and not far off of the Northeast Extension of the turnpike. Don’t be fooled by the infield at the ball fields; several miles of rooty, well-maintained singletrack are in the nearby woods. Riders will be flowing like the nearby water on this Eastern PA course.

Hold on tight because the start will be fast, stretching out over mostly flat grass before rising slightly. Riders will be able to position themselves even more as they enter onto doubletrack. A few twists and turns, then three bridges over the Jordan later, racers will enter the longest stretch of singletrack and climbing before the finish. Be prepared for some ramped log-overs; many have routes around. Dropping the elevation, racers will be treated with a newly constructed trail compliments of the Valley Mountain Bikers. The lap will conclude with a few more flat twists n’ turns then shifting into high gear across the grass.

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+ RACE UPDATES +

8/30 – Race Flyer has been updated with less laps for Varsity & JV Girls

9/6 – Race Flyer has been updated: Wave times have changed.

9/23 – Food vendor info has been added. Registration is extended to Wednesday at midnight for this race and all following. Sunday registration times are now 8-11.

9/29 – An infield map has been added.

Race #3: The Boyce Big Ring

October 16th
Boyce Park Pittsburgh, PA
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RACE DESCRIPTION

Just outside of the Steel City, Boyce Park is just one of many mountain bike havens in the Allegheny County Park system. Boyce is a  short drive from downtown Pittsburgh, but it doesn’t feel like you are that close to PA’s second largest city once you get on these trails. With an access road running like a spine at this course, this is a super spectator-friendly venue, with some high-quality singletrack. Thanks to Trail Pittsburgh for preserving these trails!

The course begins at the soccer fields but doesn’t stay there long. Once on trail expect a few punchy climbs and a few log ramps. The first mile will get you to the first pass of the closed access road, where riders will climb up to the next trail. They will be rewarded with a mile long singletrack descent. The third mile provides plenty of opportunities to pass before the next big trail climb where an albino deer likes to hang out (No, really. We hope you see it!). A half-mile descent back to the infield completes the lap. These trails are smooth and flowy. Brush your teeth for this race because there will be a lot of smiles!

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+ RACE UPDATES +

8/30 – Race Flyer has been updated with less laps for Varsity & JV Girls

9/6 – Race Flyer has been updated: Wave times have changed.

10/13 – Infield map has been added.

10/14 – Address has been improved on flyer with Google maps link

Race #4: Lakeside Ride at Yellow Creek

October 23rd
Yellow Creek State Park Penn Run, PA
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RACE DESCRIPTION

Sure to be scenic at peak Fall foliage, this lake-side venue is well worth the drive. With camping nearby this race is a great opportunity for teams to come together and experience our only State Park venue. Not up for camping? There are nearby cabin rentals or Indiana, PA home of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is a short drive away with plenty of lodging options.

We will take advantage of the beautiful Yellow Creek Lake and have our Start/Finish near the beach. Riders will make their way out of the picnic area on mostly grass terrain then quickly encounter the biggest climb of the day. They will have plenty of time to position themselves on this gravel road climb before dipping into a mile of singletrack. The most technical feature here is a low, armored stream crossing. At the backside of the course the trail comes out to a gravel road then ascends grass double-track to the next trail climb. Racers are rewarded with the spooky “Blair Witch” trail at mile two. Beware of the roots! The elevation is lost on the next trail sections that drop back into the picnic area. The Middle School course has the same start and climb, but goes straight into the Blair Witch trails. The fun factor is high at this race.

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+ RACE UPDATES +

8/30 – Race Flyer has been updated with less laps for Varsity & JV Girls

9/6 – Race Flyer has been updated: Wave times have changed.

10/19 – Infield Map has been added

Race #5: Finals at Fair Hill

November 6th
Fair Hill NRMA Elkton, MD
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RACE DESCRIPTION

We head just south of the Mason Dixon line for our series finals at Fair Hill natural resource management area in Elkton, Maryland. Once owned by the du Pont family, this nearly 6,000 acres is host to some world-class horse facilities and steeped in history. The old growth forests and scenic pastures will make for an incredible finish to the season. Riders will be treated with fun, twisty single track separated by practice fields that were recently used by Olympic equestrians on their way home from Rio. This will be no horse race though; riders will face a challenging series of climbs and descents.

We will begin the races with a quick out and back that will stretch the riders out in time for a fast singletrack decent. At the bottom, the middle-school and high-school courses split. The older riders will immediately begin a rooty climb up, while the middle-schoolers will cross a shallow stream before their carriage road climb. Both courses come together at the top of that MS climb. The HS course will include a long trail section and a few stretches of gravel before returning to this spot. Both courses will complete the lap with more singletrack, a short gravel road section and a grassy climb to the finish. Conserve your energy for that last part! In addition to the great trails, this course includes covered spectator seating at the finish line and permanent bathrooms at the infield. This historical venue will not disappoint. Finish the season strong at the Fair Hill Finals.

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+ RACE UPDATES +

10/31 – Race Venue Directions Link Added

10/27 – HS Girls start times have been pushed back to accommodate the Team Procession.

10/27 – An Olympic style Team Procession will occur on Sunday morning before Wave 1.

10/26 – Race Flyer has been added.

10/26 – The Crave Eatery has been added for Sunday food vending.

10/6 – Course Maps have been added.