Trail Spinners Fair Hill Classic - MASS XC & Endurance Finals

Date: 2014-08-23
Race Type: XC & Endurance

Fair Hill date has moved to August and will host the XC Series Finals and XC awards ceremonies.

Contact: Rob Gaston

Location: Fair Hill, Md 


Registration opens at 7:00 and will close 30 minutes prior to the start of each race as follows:

Endurance: 7:00 to  7:30

Cat 2: 7:00-8:15

Pro & Cat 1: 8:15-9:15

Cat 3: 9:00 - 10:00

Novice: (1st time racer) 9:00 - 11:00

Kid race: any time before 11:00.


Day of Race Registration will be $45.00 for XC classes and $55 for Endurance classes.

The 2012 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.

 Note to Endurance (Fair Hill Fifty) Racers:

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.
 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 4:00 PM for all classes to finish.

1. We will have a cutoff of 12:15 PM for the end of the first lap (~28.5 miles). You will not be allowed to continue if crossing the lap timer after 12:15PM.

2. 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 Racer 11:30AM Start Time

  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 Time.

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).









  • In July, 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 fundraiser. 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

    • Course maps will be available soon on the Trail
              Spinners web site (

    • 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

    • Team Tents can be set up in the parking area (we'll
              make arrangements for your tent and team parking nearby) on race day.

    • Exhibitors will likely set up near Walls Hall and
              are welcomed.

    • For up to date information this site and the Trail
              Spinners web site at: are the best places
              to check. For the last minute GO/NO GO decision please check the
     site after 6:00 PM on Saturday July 14, 2012.

    • For questions (or comments) for the Race Director
              please contact Bob Gaston at:








Best bet is to use a
  map program:



Fair Hill Natural
  Resources Management Area:

  Fairground Area of Fair Hill,

  4680 Telegraph Road Elkton, MD 21921.


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