THE JAMBOREE IS ON!
The little bit of light rain that is coming through Friday night should be just enough to keep the dust down when the hundreds of Jamboree riders hit the Fair Hill trails Saturday morning. It's going to be a bit chilly to start though and breezy throughout the day, so bring a jacket you can stuff into your pack.
What is a Jamboree?
The Jamboree is a fun family-friendly day of mountain bike riding, food, beer, music, games and prizes. The event takes place on the fair grounds and surrounding parkland of the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (Fair Hill, MD) which is a 5,600 acre park with a 80+ mile multi-use trail system which the Trailspinners have been instrumental in developing for mountain biking.
This is not a race. There will be several marked trail loops of various lengths and difficulties to choose from and you may ride at your own pace, or join (or invite yourself) to a group ride. Ride a gentle loop with the family, then a not so gentle loop afterward (or try an keep up with your kids if they're getting faster than you). If you're new to Fair Hill, you'll get a chance to learn some of its wonders. If you spin miles here every week, step up and lead some out-of-towners through your favorite sections.
There will be demo bikes from BIKE LINE, NENRY'S and REI back at the fairgrounds that you can sign out (bring an ID). If you're in the market for a new bike, or are just want to see how the trails feel on something different, this is a great opportunity to get some saddle time on a new 2017 Scott, Trek, Niner, Yeti or Ghost bike.
The goal is for everyone to have a fun morning riding and then enjoy a festive atmosphere in the afternoon socializing with other riders. All proceeds from the event directly benefit trail building, trail maintenance and mountain bike advocacy in our region.
Mountain Bike Drawing
Enter to win a 2016 Cannondale F-SI 1 Race ready mountain bike, size Medium, courtesy of Wooden Wheels. Raffle tickets can be purchased during pre-registration, or at the event. The list price on this bike is over $2,300 and you'd look awesome riding it, so don't miss out on the chance to take it home from the Jamboree.
Food, Beer, Live Music, Demo Bikes and Games
After you ride, we've got a whole afternoon of fun.
- Live Music by Black Dog Alley
- Bike Demos from BIKE LINE (Scott, Trek), Henry's (Niner, Yeti) and REI (Ghost)
- Food from Wandering Chef and Ole Tapas
- And our friends at Dogfish Head will be supplying the beer
Schedule of Events
|8 AM||Registration opens|
|8 AM - 10 AM||Rides and riders depart. Demo bikes from BIKE LINE and REI become available to sign out|
|11 AM - NOON||Hungry and thirsty riders begin arriving back at the event site just in time for the food and beer concessions to open|
|NOON - 3 PM||Live music by Black Dog Alley, take a demo bike out from BIKE LINE, HENRY'S and REI, Bike Games happen around 2pm, lots of fun, socializing and last-minute raffle ticket buying|
|3 PM - 4 PM||The lucky raffle winners are announced.|
Note: Course marshals will begin sweeping the loops in the direction they are ridden at around 11 AM and will take down markers as they go. They should finish sweeping and un-marking the loops by 2pm at the latest, so plan your ride return times accordingly. The demo loop will be left up the longest and not taken down until around 3pm when the demos end.
The Jamboree is supported by these area shops
Where is Fair Hill?
From Newark, Delaware, Fair Hill is just a few minutes West on Rt. 273. Ranger Skinner Drive. is the turnoff, but we'll put some big signs out so you don't miss it. The exit off of I-95 is only 15 minutes away if you're coming from out-of-town.