|2nd Annual 2006 HMBA Brown County Breakdown Epic Ride Report|
|Written by tjuillerat|
|Saturday, 23 June 2007 21:14|
What a difference a year makes! Approximately 150 riders awoke early for the October 15 sunrise start of the 2nd Annual HMBA Brown County Breakdown Epic Ride. Frost quickly melted, toes and fingers thawed, and some of the Midwest’s finest mountain bikers enjoyed one of the most beautiful autumn days in the past few years. Compare this to the soggy, cold and muddy but memorable start for our inaugural ride last year.
The Breakdown generated plenty of enthusiasm from riders throughout the Midwest. Participants started on the new Brown County State Park singletrack for the first 10 miles of the ride, tackling the new Hesitation Point Connector Trail – climbing over two miles with a rock garden and a few hairpin turns thrown in. This new trail received rave reviews from riders. Participants were then given a respite from climbing on the main park road and then hit a few miles of fire road and dusty horse trail with some surprisingly technical and rocky descents and climbs. Riders were rewarded at the 19 mile mark by being sent plummeting down the narrow “Deer Trail” into the Cabin Sag Stop. There they were met with live music from Kara Barnard and her band, a bonfire, food and drink and a chance to warm up and swap trail stories with others before continuing south into the Hoosier National Forest or heading home on the 35 mile course.
Over 100 riders this year rode south to the Nebo Ridge Trail, reporting that the trail was in the best condition in years thanks to the work of US Forest Service rangers this summer. Trail 18 in Hickory Ridge was another “backcountry” favorite with some twisty, nice climbs. Thanks goes to the leading riders for packing down this horse trail and clearing the substantial leaf fall for the following riders. Approximately 60 riders completed the full 100 kilometers and 6000 feet of climbing compared to only 2 last year. Congratulations!
This year’s ride had almost twice as many riders as last year and netted for HMBA over 4 times the amount of net funds -- about $4000 -- for HMBA -- which will go into its Indiana trail building efforts at Brown County and elsewhere. Thank you to all participants, volunteers and sponsors for your generosity of spirit, time and funds.
Corporate sponsors of the ride were the DINO Race Series, Nebo Ridge Bicycles of Carmel/Zionsville, The Bicycle Station of Columbus, Revolution Bike & Bean of Bloomington, Indy Cycle Specialist, Bike Line Racing, Bicycle Garage Indy, Hammer Nutrition, Magura, and Upland Brewery.
The Breakdown Epic course is nothing short of challenging – truly epic in its length, in its technical difficulty, in its variety of trail and road, in its remote and scenic settings, and in its 6000+ feet of elevation gain. A number of riders last year commented that they were hooked on the idea of completing the 100 kilometer course, and many of them completed this objective this year. We will be announcing the date soon for next year’s event. Watch the HMBA website for updates and information about next year’s Breakdown. We will see you there.
Tim Casady and Jonathan Juillerat
October 16, 2006
|Last Updated on Sunday, 24 June 2007 05:06|