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2023 Race #2 – Bramble Scramble
February 12 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us for the second race of the 2023 Texas Interscholastic Mt. Bike League season – the Bramble Scramble at 4R Ranch – Muenster, TX where you’ll get to ride through the north Texas hills and wind turbines for approximately five miles per lap.
Before the Race
Register in PitZone
The race registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. the Tuesday prior to race. Late registration will be open on the Saturday of the race weekend, between 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m. A $25 late fee will be assessed and the rider will go to the back of the call-ups regardless of series standings.
We are excited to introduce the fun lap this season for athletes that want to participate in the race weekend but are not interested in competing. Athletes cannot participate in both the Fun Lap and their race category.
The Fun Lap will be run like any other category with race plates, sweeps and starting times. However, the focus will be on fun and there will be no scoring or posted placements.
To sign up for the Fun Lap, athletes must first register for the race in Pit Zone, and then complete the Fun Lap registration from.
Fill out the Venue Waiver
The league will be using a digital waiver again this year that race attendees will be required to sign once and will cover all venues throughout the 2023 season. Everyone who enters the venue is required to complete the waiver even those who are not competing.
Coaches will pick up all race plates at the first race. Riders will receive one plate to be used for all 2023 season races. Plates have chips on the back and require care to avoid damage. New this season: each athlete will also get a back number to adhere to their jersey. There is a $10 fee to replace lost, stolen or forgotten plates. If you need a replacement, go to the registration tent.
To be on the course at any time during race weekend, riders (Students and Coaches) must be fully practice ready in Pit Zone and have their number plates on their bike.
NO UNREGISTERED PARENTS OR SIBLINGS ALLOWED ON COURSE (GRiT ride participants should sign a waiver at the GRiT tent)
RACE PLATE NUMBERS
North Conference: Odd
South Conference: Even
Race Weekend Schedule
noon-11 p.m. Venue Gate Hours
8:00 a.m. Venue Gates Open
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Team packet pick-up at the registration tent. Send one coach per team to get athlete race number plates, coach plates, and feed zone lanyards.
8:30 a.m. Volunteer Shifts Begin
9:15 a.m. Coaches Only Pre-ride
10:00 a.m. *Course Open for Scheduled Pre-Rides
*Pre ride times for each team will be pre-scheduled by the league. All racers should pre-ride the course during their appointed time. Riders must adhere to all course restrictions and follow the directions of staff on the course.
Noon-2:30 p.m. GRiT clothing donation drop-off @ NICA GRiT Tent.
3:00 p.m. GRiT Ride @ NICA GRiT Tent
4:00 p.m. GRiT Clothing Swap @ GRiT Tent
4:30-6:00 p.m. Pre-ride open to any team
10:00 p.m. Venue Gates Close. NO ENTRY AFTER 10 p.m. No exceptions
7:00 a.m. Venue Gates Open
7:30 a.m. *Course Open to for Pre-Ride
8:00 a.m. Course Marshal Meeting, Volunteer Shifts Begin
8:15 a.m. Head Coaches Meeting @ Registration Tent
This meeting is mandatory. If a team does not have a coach represented, a penalty may be assessed.
8:30 a.m. Pre-Ride Closed, Race Sweep Meeting
9:00 a.m. Racing Begins – Race-day updates will be communicated through the League channel 6(6) on your radios.
3:30 p.m. Podiums following infield cleanup.
The league will be using a digital waiver again this year that race attendees will be required to sign once and will cover all venues throughout the 2023 season.
Venue Gate Hours
Friday: noon-11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fees – CASH ONLY
$15.00 per person if arriving Friday or Saturday.
$10.00 for Sunday only.
Children under 6 free.
- No open fires – fires in fire rings only.
- No drones.No garbage receptacles provided – pack out what you bring in.
- Pets must be on leash
- No ATVs allowed unless approved by land owner
Multiple hotel options in nearby Meunster, TX
Camping is included in the $15.00 fee. Both RV and tent camping is available, but there are not any RV hookups available. Generators must be turned off by 10 p.m..
Please note that we will have assigned camping Zones for this race due to one-way traffic, limited turn-around space and congestion. Camping assignments were determined by the league race and venue committee. For 4R Ranch, Zone 1 assignments were based on team size that would fit at the individual campsites, since that area is not “dispersed” camping. Our intention is to help teams communicate with their families more easily regarding the location of their team’s camp at a venue with limited cell service.
NTX (sites 3 & 4)
Highland Park (site 10)
College Station (site 2)
South Metro (site 1)
Mineral Wells (site 6)
Independent (site 5)
San Marcos / Trinity (site 11)
North Austin / Vista Ridge
East Texas Fresh
Heart of Texas / Midway
TWO10 / Lopez
West Houston / Houston
Due to limited cell service at this venue, we encourage all attendees to PRINT their maps before leaving for the race weekend.
Note that you will only be able to enter the race venue from the east entrance. This will help with traffic flow and safety during the race weekend.
RV’s should exit the venue via the TEAL line. Cars may use either the teal or the green line. Both of these roads should be ONE WAY TRAFFIC.
The course and other elements are subject to change as race day approaches.
Have questions? Reach out the volunteer coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
It takes ~120 volunteers to put on each race. Getting involved with the race is a rewarding experience and a great way to be part of the action!
Saturday and Sunday positions are available.
You don’t need to be a mountain bike expert to be a great volunteer! Volunteers can help set up the course, work road and course crossings, keep an eye on students on the course (course marshals), assist with scoring and so much more.
Volunteer Home Teams
Each venue is assigned a group of home teams. We would love to see volunteers from every team helping at each race, but we recognize that the weekends can be busy for everyone involved and travel times vary. Home teams are assigned based on proximity to the venue. We expect home teams to make a concerted effort to get as many volunteers from their team as possible for that race weekend.
Heart of Texas
Lopez Middle School
East Texas (Course Marshal)
Highland Park (Course Marshals)
TeamSnap has replaced GroupMe as our League chat app. With the League subscription, all teams have access to a team app as well. All teams, coaches and athletes with completed registrations prior to the end of 2022 have been added to TeamSnap. Check your email for a TeamSnap invitation and download the app. If you have questions, reach out to email@example.com.
Additional Race Details
Texas offers a 6-race series. The series winner for each conference will be determined by the best 4 out of 6 races. The overall series champion in each field and conference will be decided based on the total of series points accumulated (Best 4 of 6 results and inclusive of bonus points for completing 5 races). In other words, the lowest 2 scores are dropped. A missed race would be the lowest score dropped.
In the case of a race cancellation in a six-race series, the series becomes a 5-race series. Scoring becomes best 4 out of 5. If a second race is cancelled, the series becomes a best 3 out of 4 series; the lowest score is still dropped (best 3 of 4). If there are fewer than four races in the series, no score will be dropped.
State Championship Points:
There will be no bonus points for the State Championship race. However, at the State Championship race, both conferences will be combined with call-ups determined by each athlete’s series score total (top 4 races). Podiums will be awarded for the top 10 athletes in each category and will determine the athletes named as State Champions.
Points Bonus for Competing in All Races:
Student-athletes who complete 5 out of 6 races in a six races series shall be awarded an additional 25 Season Bonus Points after the final race of the season. In the event that one or more races are canceled, 25 Bonus Points will be awarded for completing all races. No additional points will be awarded for racing in a 6th race.
A team’s overall placement is based on team point totals from the best five team finishes in a six-race series (lowest score is dropped). If one or more races are canceled, the overall score will be based on team point totals for the entire point series (lowest score is not dropped). Overall conference winners will be determined based on series points for each conference. State champion teams will be determined by the winners of the State Championship race.
Middle School Scoring:
Individual series awards will be given for middle-school students. Middle-school team awards will not be tracked or awarded.
Rules Update for 2023
Based on feedback from the Leader Summit, the Rules Committee has reviewed and amended a few rules to better accommodate our teams. Those amendments are summarized below. Please review the full 2023 NICA Handbook for more detailed information, including the Texas specific amendments. It is the responsibility of all teams and athletes to be familiar with the rules.
Composite Team Limits
Section 6.6.C.1 Amendment – Composite Team Limitations: High school Composite Teams are limited to a maximum of 20 student athletes.
The limit for composite teams has been raised from 11 to 20. When a team reaches 20 riders, the League Director will work with the Head Coach and Team Director to determine the best course of action for the team and the League.
State Championship Qualification Criteria
Athletes must participate in one regular season race (race 1-5) to be eligible to compete in the State Championships.
Call ups for the first race will be based upon the last season point totals. 6th graders will be random for the first race. JV2 category call-ups will be random for the first race. New riders to the League will be assigned a random call-up behind all returning riders. Subsequent race call ups will be based on the student athlete’s overall points. This will be applied to both middle school and high school categories. Freshman riders will automatically be placed in JV2 but can petition for a higher category placement.
Race Duration Guidelines
JV Girls and Boys
Varsity Girls and Boys
Student athletes are expected to be able to safely complete the course within the designated time limit. Athletes may be asked to withdraw and exit the course after cut-off time limits have been reached. Racers who do not make the time limit cut-off will still be scored and ranked.
League and race officials reserve the right to determine these time limits and alter them at any time. Time limits may be imposed or altered for reasons that include, but are not limited to, safety, heat, cold, rain, and muddy conditions.
All riders will receive a permanent number plate with a chip timing transponder on the backside. Riders use the same plate for the entire race series. Please remove this number plate before transporting bikes to prevent loss.
Replacement number plates will be available at the registration tent for $10.00.
Category Placement Petitions
Race categories have been evaluated and assigned in Pit Zone. If you would like to petition to change an athlete’s category, you must complete the form two weeks prior to any race for consideration.
No race day petitions will be accepted
The League’s primary considerations in assessing inclement weather plans are the safety of riders, staff and spectators, as well as the potential for damage to the venue and trails. Decisions regarding canceling, postponing or altering race start times, lap lengths, number of laps, etc. will be made jointly by league staff and the land manager. If inclement weather is predicted, we will make a decision about weather related cancellations by Thursday at 5:00 p.m. For more details about our inclement weather thresholds and cancellations, see the Weather Policy.
NICA Handbook: Rules and Guidelines
All participants are required to read, understand and abide by all league policies, rules and protocols while attending any league event.
The handbook details important rules that should be followed at all races as well as any associated penalties or disciplinary actions that can be assessed against riders or teams for violations of the rules.
READ THE 2023 TEXAS SPECIFIC APPENDIX
LEAGUE RULES COMMITTEE PETITION FORM (Form will be available soon – Do not use this from for category placement petitions)
Safety Reporting and Insurance Coverage
Incident reports are mandatory whenever a student-athlete or coach is injured during a NICA activity. These incident reports are submitted by each team’s Designated Reporter or an independent rider’s parent. For more information on safety reporting please see our brochure here.
NICA insurance coverage is for registered student-athletes and registered coaches injured while participating in the sanctioned pre-ride and race events. For more information on NICA Insurance Coverage, please see our FAQ here.
The Teen Trail Corps Program teaches student athletes to give back to their sport by helping to maintain trails and develop relationship with land owners. Athletes can earn badges for stewarding or advocating for mountain biking in different ways.
NICA Adventure programming helps students discover the joy of biking and outdoor adventures. We use games and experiential education to help students challenge themselves at their own pace and develop a lifelong love of cycling.
Girls Riding Together, a.k.a GRiT Texas is an outreach program focused on recruiting, developing and retaining female athletes, coaches, ride leaders and volunteers. GRiT Texas is part of the NICA National GRiT outreach program.