RAIN DATE: Sunday August 18, 2013
***The schedule of events for the day is the same for the rain date as it is for the initial date*** PLEASE PAGE DOWN FOR COURSE MAPS!
NEW FOR 2013!!!…
This year the Fair Hill Classic is the final race of the year for the 2013 MASS race series and we will be featuring a SEASONS-END RACE FESTIVAL immediately following the race. The festival will feature live music from our favorite reggae band, Steppin Razor, as well as food, beer, children's activities and games for the adults. All podiums and awards will be announced at the festival rather than in Walls Hall as in previous years. Please join us to celebrate the end of another great year of racing!
RACE REGISTRATION INFO & SCHEDULE
Beginner & Sport Race: $35 Pre-registration / $45 Day-of Registration
Endurance Race: $45 Pre-registration / $55 Day-of Registration
Novice Junior Race: $10
Kids Race: FREE
Registration opens at 7:00am and will close 30 minutes prior to the start of each race as follows:
Cat 2: 7:00-8:15
Cat 1 & Pro: 8:15-9:15
Cat 3: 9:00-10:00
Novice: (1st time racer) 9:00-11:00
Kids race: Any time before 11:00
The 2013 Fair Hill Classic plans are nearly complete and once again we’ve included something for everyone. The race course has a 3 mile prolog bringing all the racers back to the starting area for a viewing (and photo op) by the spectators. There is a nice balance of single track and double track in the first 5 miles to allow racers to “find their groove” before entering the miles of great single track Fair Hill has to offer.
This event is put on entirely by volunteers from the Trail Spinners mountain bike advocacy club and their friends and families. 100% of the race proceeds go into building and maintaining the trail systems in Delaware, Northern Maryland and South East, Pennsylvania. Trail Spinners is an IMBA Chapter Club and, as such, works tirelessly with local land managers to open new, responsible trail systems for mountain bikers to enjoy. We would like to acknowledge the fine support from the Maryland Park district and especially the local park management and employees. Without this support the event could not take place and in fact the trails system would probably not be here and open to cycling. We also wish to thank the other park user groups who give us access to the multi-use trail system for this event and who utilize other parts of the park on race day.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR RACE:
Endurance (Fair Hill Fifty) Race:
• Per MASS rules, in order to receive MASS points, you need to complete both laps. If you do not finish both laps, you will receive a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• MAKE SURE YOU PICK UP THE NEW 2013 "FAIR HILL 50" TEE SHIRT AT REGISTRATION
• Endurance racers will do 2 laps of the Expert/Elite race course. The first lap is approximately 27 miles and the second will eliminate the "Prolog" and is about 23 miles. We’re trying to be sure all endurance racers have a good chance to finish and place in this event while at the same time recognizes that a safe event for both racers and volunteers is the priority.
• We will have a cutoff of 4:00pm for all classes to finish.
- We will have a cutoff of 12:15 PM for the end of the first lap (~27.5 miles). You will not be allowed to continue if crossing the lap timer after 12:15PM.
- We will be sweeping the endurance race course starting at 12:30 PM and removing arrows and course markings. We may ask you to stop if you’re not going to make it to the Finish by 4:00PM.
• Note that an average pace of 7.5 miles per hour will get you all the way to the finish of the 50 miles by 2:50 PM! An average pace of 7.0 miles per hour still lets you finish both laps for the full 50 miles. We will be very generous with the time cutoffs and sweeping but we do have to clean the course before dark.
Novice / 1st Time Race – 11:30am Start
Again this year we have set up a 7.5 mile race course for adults and kids. This course is challenging for new racers but gives those younger riders and adults new to the sport a chance to discover the fun of mountain bike racing on a less technical course. MASS Racers: This is the time to encourage your spouse, friends, neighbors and kids to try racing.
Kids Race – 12:15pm Start
The ever popular kid’s race with tee shirts, ribbons and some prizes will be held on a short course for kids from “training wheels” to “ready for Novice class”. The kids race will be held ”mid-day” so expert, sport and beginner racers can bring their family and friends and watch/help them race for fun. This race is free, but all riders must register along with a parent or Guardian. Ribbons / prizes (plus Tee Shirts to all who enter).
• If your kids want to move up from the 0.2 Mile per Lap "Kids Race" but not quite ready to race a more technical course we'll have another option. There will be a 3.5 Mile "Kids Race" (the prolog course of the adult race course). There will be a leader and sweeps (parents may also ride at the rear of this race).
• Please have your child ready by 12:00 Noon at the Kids Race Assembly area (East of the Finish Line pavilion on the paved road). Kids riding the 3.5 mile loop will depart from this same area with their leader(s).
OTHER RULES & INFO:
NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON PARK PUBLIC GROUNDS OR TRAILS
Weather-permitting / Rain Date
The Fair Hill Classic is a SHINE-ONLY event, with a rain date of Sunday August 18th
In August, Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area is usually quite dry so some rain before race day will not adversely affect the trails. Usually rain less than 1" and more than 12-24 hours before race start will still be fine. Ample food and drink will be available for purchase in the air conditioned Walls Hall. Food will be provided by a local organization as a fund raiser. As usual the food is prepared on premises and very good. Cold bottle drinks will also be available for purchase. Coffee may be provided in the morning for those of us who are addicted! Please plan to support the team.
Water stops will be spaced out along the race course since the course is a “one lap” course for everyone except the Endurance class.
Course maps will be available soon on the Trail Spinners web site.
Directions to the Event
Best bet is to use a map program to get directions to the following address:
Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area Fairground Area of Fair Hill 4680 Telegraph Road Elkton, MD 21921.
• All mileages published here and on other Trail Spinner documents are believed to be accurate within 5%. Your actual mileage on your computer may vary somewhat from what we publish.
• The registration area is located inside Walls Hall at the main Fairgrounds Entrance. Parking will be obvious.
• All prizes and medals will be as described on the registration page at BikeReg.com.
• Team Tents can be set up in the festival area on race day.
• Exhibitors will set up near Walls Hall and are welcomed.
• For up-to-date information check this site. For the last minute GO/NO GO decision please check here after 6:00pm on Friday August 16, 2013.