Hit the Trails, See the Leaves at the Brown County Epic Mountain Bike Festival, October 7-9
October 5, 2016
Typically known for its beautiful fall foliage, Brown County has been gaining notoriety lately for its world-class mountain biking trails as well. Combining the best of both worlds, the Brown County Epic Mountain Bike Festival not only will showcase Brown County’s exceptional trail systems, but also will provide the perfect opportunity for admiring its colorful scenery. On October 7-9, bikers, spectators, enthusiasts, and everyone in between will be able to experience Brown County’s famous autumn season and some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest during the Brown County Epic Festival.
Presented by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), the festival will take place in the Brown County State Park, providing plenty of gorgeous scenery and mountain biking trails galore. With 25, 50, 75, and 100-mile routes, including some trails not typically open to biking at any other time, this festival is a mountain biker’s dream come true.
More than biking alone, the Brown County Epic also will include a wide variety of cycling inspired events, demos, camping, food trucks, a beer garden, group rides, games, a kids zone, raffles, live music, a post-ride BBQ, and more.
A good time for everyone (even those choosing not to ride), the Brown County Epic Festival will benefit HMBA, who has been hard at work building and maintaining the trail system in the State Park since the early 2000s.
Kicking off on Friday, October 7, there will be plenty of fun on the docket, including registration for Saturday’s rides. There will be food trucks, live music, and demos for all to enjoy.
Festivities will be back in full swing bright and early Saturday morning as riders hit the trails for a day of biking. Product and bike demos will be ongoing throughout the day, along with live entertainment and food on site as well. The beer garden also will re-open on Saturday, October 8 just in time for bikers and festival-goers to enjoy a cold brew with their dinner.
The festival’s post-ride BBQ cook out, catered by Big Woods Brewing Company, will hit the spot after a full and fun day on the trails. Dinner will be served up with a side of live music, which will continue for the remainder of the evening. Guests are encouraged to kick back, relax, soak in their beautiful Brown County surroundings, and even stay the night.
Also, Sally Marchand Collins owner of Sundance Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, along with IMBA-ICP and PMBIA Certified Level 1 and 2 coaches, will be hosting the Epic’s first mountain bike skills clinic.
Wrapping up on Sunday, October 9, more demonstrations are slated for the day.
Everyone, both riders and non-riders, are welcome to attend. Prices for the festival’s events vary for each individual activity. The cost for adult bikers participating in all rides and events is $135; $50 for youth riders (ages 17 and under). Admission for those only riding in Saturday’s Epic Ride is $50, which does not include a t-shirt and the BBQ dinner.
An additional fee will be charged for those choosing to enjoy the BBQ dinner only, as well as those camping. Bikers and attendees can register and pay for all events in person beginning Friday, October 7 at noon at the Epic’s headquarters in the Brown County State Park. All proceeds, as well as donations, raised from the festival will directly benefit HMBA.
The cost to attend Saturday’s Sundance Mountain Bike Skills Clinic is $235. Please contact Sally Marchand Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Designated a Bronze Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, biking in Brown County is hard to beat, especially during the beautiful fall season. Experience some of the best trails around and enjoy autumn’s stunning colors during the Brown County Epic Festival, October 7-9.