NICA Weekend 1 – Spring Hill Park

Race Course Description

The first race of the 2021 Arkansas NICA Season will take place at Spring Hill Trail in Barling, Arkansas.  The course starts right along the Arkansas River and alternates going through open space and forested areas along the banks of the river.  

Google Course Map  |  Download GPX File | Ride Spot Link


The course will be open for pre-ride Saturday afternoon (2:00 – 5:00 PM) and Sunday morning (7:00 – 7:45 AM). We strongly recommend that all racers pre-ride the course and bring a map, plenty of water, cell phone and not ride alone. Please pass course workers with great care, and stay off the course on race weekend except during the above times.

Volunteer at Our Races

Volunteers are the backbone of our league and make our events possible. Please consider volunteering at this race, we guarantee you’ll love it, money-back guarantee! Click HERE to sign up for a volunteer position at this race. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at


Parking areas will be along the roads and in fields in the park.  Attendants will be assisting.



Primitive camping will be available onsite.  No hookups or water available. 

RV Camping with hookups on-site  Click Here. 

Food Service

Food service will be available on-site Sunday 9 am – 2 pm. 

Schedule and Race Details

Saturday, September 11

9:00 am Volunteers arrive for course and infield setup
1:00 pm Registration Opens
2:00 pm  Course opens for pre-ride (riders must be checked in and have a number plate affixed to their bikes).
4:00 pm Registration closes
5:00 pm Course closes for pre-ride
Sunday September 12
7:00 am Check-In and Late Registration Opens 

Pit Zone open to vehicle access for unloading of team equipment

7:30 am  Course opens for pre-ride (riders checked in and have race plate)
7:50 am Coaches meeting (mandatory for each team)
8:00 am Pit Zone closes for vehicle access

Registration Closes

8:15 am Course closes for pre-ride 

Category (Race Numbers)

Start Time



WAVE 1 – Middle School Level 3
Middle School Boys Level 3 8:00 2 6
Middle School Girls Level 3 8:03 2 6
WAVE 2 – Middle School Boys Level 2
Middle School Boys Level 2  – 8th grade 8:25 1 3
Middle School Boys Level 2  – 6/7th grade 8:28
Middle School Boys Level 1  – 8th grade 8:31 1 3
WAVE 3 – Middle School Boys Level 1
Middle School Boys Level 3 – 8th grade 9:00 1 3
Middle School Boys Level 3 – 7th grade 9:03 1 3
Middle School Boys Level 3 – 6th grade 9:06 1 3
WAVE 4 – Middle School Girls Level 1/2
Middle School Girls Level 2 9:45 2 6
Middle School Girls Level 1 9:48 2 6
WAVE 5 – 9th Grade Boys
9th Grade Boys 10:30 2 6
WAVE 6 – JV2 Boys
JV2 Boys 11:15 2 6
WAVE 7 – Varsity / JV3
Varsity Boys 12:00 4 12
JV3 Boys 12:03 3 9
WAVE 8 – High School Girls
Varsity 1:00 3 9
JV2 1:03 2 6
9th Grade 1:06 2 6
2:00 pm Racing concludes.

Course and infield breakdown.

After Awards Ceremony Pit Zone opens for vehicle access.

Petitions for Category Placement

Those petitioning for exceptions to the category placement must do so by Tuesday September 7 at 11:59 PM. Petitions forms must be emailed to League Director Kyla Templeton  ( Race day petitions will not be accepted. 

2021 Racing Fees

Riders can purchase a four race package for $110 before August 1. Discount is applied when all four races are in a student athlete’s pit zone cart at the same time.

High School Middle School Late Fee at Race+
League Registration Fee (annual) $60 $60 $10
Race Entry Fee (per race) $40 $40 $10

+ Online pre-registration closes at 11:59 PM on the Tuesday before the race. After that, you will have to register at the race and pay the late fee. Scholarships are available, download application HERE.

Registration Information – Plate Pick-up


Saturday 9/11, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM  |  Sunday 9/12, 7:00 – 8:00 AM

Make your race day more enjoyable and avoid long lines and late fees by registering in advance online! Double-check that you are registered and race ready in the

NICA Pit Zone before pre-registration closes.

If you have not been invited to register yet in the NICA Pit Zone contact your Team Director.  Independent riders contact your League Director at For questions regarding the NICA Pit Zone contact registration services at  Note: Online pre-registration will close Tuesday at midnight prior to each race.

On-site registration will be available at the registration booth for riders who do not complete pre-registration on Saturday from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm  and Sunday morning from 7:00-8:00  Please note on-site registration will result in late fees of $10 for League Registration and $10 for Race Registration.  Race plates will be $10 to replace if you lose or forget your race plate.


 Contact Registration Services ( with questions or problems.


Other Important Notes

  • Vehicles are not allowed in the team pit and infield area during the race.  One vehicle per team may drop equipment during designated times.
  • No Smoking or alcohol is allowed in the team pit or infield areas.
  • No inappropriate language allowed in the team pit and infield areas.
  • Any conflicts and/or disputes with any race official or volunteer shall not be dealt with in the team pit area.
  • Any violation of the above rules may result in a team penalty and/or expulsion from the team pit and infield area.
  • No gasoline generators and no open fires inside the team pit area, please. Campfires will be allowed in metal containers.
  • Keep dogs on leashes at all times and clean up after your dogs.
  • No more than 2 hammocks per tree, and no closer than 5 feet from the race course.
  • Please pack out what you pack in. No garbage receptacles will be provided.
  • Review our Refund and Weather Policy HERE
  • All racing will be governed by the NICA Rulebook 
  • Contact Glenn France, Race Director, with any race questions:  
  • Contact Terry Coddington, League Director, with any league or team questions:  
  • We hope all racers and their families will stay after the race for the award ceremony!

The Arkansas  Interscholastic Cycling League is a Project League of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth development organization, building strong mind, body and character, guided by the principles of inclusivity and equality. The league promotes interscholastic mountain bike racing, provides training and education to new teams and coaches, and offers a comprehensive infrastructure to grow youth cycling in a professional, safe and engaging manner.