Experience Brown County's Top-Notch Mountain Biking Trails During Fun August Events
August 2, 2016
With nearly 30 miles of trails in the Brown County State Park and over 150 miles of trails within a half-hour of the county, mountain biking in Brown County may still be one of the best kept secrets in the U.S. Thanks to its many accolades and awards, Brown County is quickly becoming one of the top mountain biking destinations not only in the Midwest, but nationally and internationally as well.
Recently Brown County was recognized by well-respected mountain biking authority, Singletracks.com, as one of the “Top 10 Best Mountain Biking Destinations East of the Rockies.” Singletracks also named the bike trails in the Brown County State Park among the “Most Popular Mountain Bike Trails in the U.S. and Canada” for 2016.
These recent honors join a long list of accolades Brown County mountain bike trails have received, including being designated as a Bronze Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), being named among the top five destinations for mountain biking in the Midwest by Singletracks.com, making the "Top 33 Best Rides in America" list by Bike Magazine, and earning the title of “Epic Trail System” by IMBA. With such an impressive and prestigious collection of awards, no wonder Brown County ranks among top mountain biking hot spots across the globe.
For those looking to try out Brown County’s world-class trails, there are two unique and fun biking events slated to take place during the middle of August.
August 12-14 will be a weekend filled with biking, beer, and fun in the beautiful hills of Brown County during Tour de Upland. Held at Camp Rancho Framasa in Brown County, this event will feature both road and mountain biking, food and drinks, live entertainment, camping, and more. This year’s tour routes will vary from 20 miles all the way up to 100 miles for all those die-hard biking enthusiasts out there.
Tickets range from $65 for single day riding, food, and beer to $175 for the full weekend experience, including camping. Additional information, registration, and tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-de-upland-2016-tickets-18144808611. Tour de Upland is for ages 21 and older and benefits Bicycle Indiana, as well as IndyCog.
The second biking event on the docket for August is The Goat Ride. This one-of-a-kind touring bicycle ride is the perfect way for adventurous bikers to explore the Brown County State Park. This event, which will take place Saturday, August 13, is not a race, but rather a touring bicycle ride where bikers can start at their own leisure and travel at their own pace. Various routes will be available ranging in distance from 12 to 116 miles, as well as in difficulty. Packet pick-up and a 25-mile warm up ride will take place on Friday, August 12 beginning at 5 p.m. Start times for Saturday’s rides vary based on distance.
Cyclists can register online through August 7 for $30. Registration also will be available the day of the event and will cost $35. Additional event details, including registration, is available online at www.energy2action.com/goatinformation2012.html. The Goat Ride is a funding ride for the Brown County State Park.
Experience some of the best trails around during August’s fun biking events and see for yourself what Brown County’s biking buzz is all about!
For more information on the Brown County’s award-winning biking opportunities, please visit www.bikebrowncounty.com.