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Mountain Biking Festival Showcases Fall in Brown County, October 6-8

September 28, 2017

It’s fall in Brown County, which means bright colors and beautiful foliage. There’s no better time to get out and hit the trails…Brown County’s world-class mountain biking trails that is.

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 6-8, 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 routes varying from 25 to 100 miles, 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, a beer garden, group rides, clinics, games, raffles, live music, post-ride BBQ, and food by Big Woods Brewing Company throughout the weekend.

A good time for everyone (even those choosing not to ride), the Brown County Epic 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 6, there will be plenty of fun on the docket, including registration for Saturday’s rides, bike demos, vendors, a beer garden, and live music for all to enjoy. Also, the official grand opening of the Hobbs Hollow Flow Trail will take place!

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. The beer garden also will re-open on Saturday, October 7 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 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 2nd annual Epic Mountain Bike Skills Clinic. Designed for the beginner to the advanced mountain biker, the Skills Clinic will include stellar instruction by experienced coaches.

Wrapping up on Sunday, October 8, 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 $125; $40 for youth riders (ages 17 and under). Admission for HMBA members only riding in Saturday’s Epic Ride is $50, which does not include a t-shirt and the BBQ dinner. Those skipping out on biking can pay $65 for a Festival Pass to participate in all other festivities. The cost to attend Saturday’s Sundance Mountain Bike Skills Clinic is $195. 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 6 at noon at the Epic’s headquarters in the Brown County State Park. Registration also is available online at www.bikereg.com/brown-county-epic-mountain-bike-festival.

All proceeds, as well as donations, raised from the Epic will directly benefit HMBA.

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 6-8.

For more information on the Brown County Epic, please visit www.hmba.org/brown-county-epic.

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