About the Big Woods Brown County Epic
Experience the best mountain biking in the Midwest at the Big Woods Brown County Epic Mountain Bike Festival, October 7-9, 2022. Located in Brown County, Indiana the 2022 Mountain Bike Festival and Epic Ride will offer tons of flowing single track during prime Autumn riding Season. The Epic Ride with SAG support will take place on Saturday, October 8. Routes of 25 – 75 miles will be available for participants. This is not a race, just a ride in the woods with friends. Sleep in Sunday and take an easy ride before breaking camp, or stick around for the SRAM sponsored, no-drop, fun gravel ride on Sunday afternoon.
NEW FOR 2022:
This year’s event will include the newly completed West Gate Trail in Brown County State Park. We are also hopeful to have the Gnawbone Trail open for the event (currently under construction).
The trails at Brown County State Park exist because of Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) and the many volunteers who contribute thousands of hours each year. This event supports those efforts and more. HMBA is building new trails each year and will again have some new trail open to ride for the Epic. HMBA is working on a $200,000 Next Level Trails Grant. This event and your trail donations will help HMBA provide $100,000 in matching funds to complete this grant.
For 2022 we will be returning to a full festival. Bikes, Bands, and Beer! We are attempting to find some demo bikes, but due to inventory challenges, most companies are not running Demo Fleets.
Special notes for 2022:
The Epic Ride routes will be posted on Trail Forks and MTB Project. The complete routes will not be marked in the woods. Please download the gps routes, print maps, and or use the mtbproject / Trail Forks apps.
The Route will not include Nebo and Combs which are in Hoosier National Forest. Your entrance fee will allow you to ride Trail D (in Hoosier National Forest) without a National Forest Trail Permit, but Nebo and Combs are not covered by the event.
T-shirts will be guaranteed for those who register before 11:59PM , Sept 15th. Please register early to guarantee your t-shirt. You will also save some $$ as the price goes up to after Sept 15th ($100 till Aug 15th, $120 till Oct 15th, $140 till Aug 15th. $140 on site (no T-Shirt).
Camping will be available by the pool on Friday and Saturday evening and must be purchased.
There will be a post ride dinner on Saturday and we are working on Food Truck Options.
Registration to the Epic Mountain Bike Festival includes:
- Unlimited good vibes for giving back to the local trail system!
- Recommended routes on Trailforks and MTB Project
- Sweepers and Bike Patrol trained in first-aid
- Food, drinks, and basic bike assistance (lube, pumps, tools, etc) at all aid stations
- Swag bag with plenty of cool stuff including an event t-shirt
- NEW! – SRAM sponsored, fun, no-drop gravel ride on Sunday
- And don’t forget, all proceeds go to HMBA, which goes back to the trails you’re riding!
- Bicycle Station is teaming up with SRAM to donate a Trek Top Fuel with a custom SRAM build
- Brown County Bikes is donating a Transition bike to raffle to participants
- SRAM has donated 20 $25 gift cards to be raffled to early bird registrations
- SRAM has donated 10 $50 gift cards to be raffled to registrants who volunteer 10+ hours of trail work before the Epic!
- and maybe more to come…
- Friday October 7th:
- Noon: Registration Opens
- Noon: Down Hill and Flow Clinic (must register on Bike Reg)
- 3:00PM: Down Hill and Flow Clinic (must register on Bike Reg)
- Short Dedication and then a group ride
- 5:00PM: Women’s ride: Friday Oct 7th 6 – 8 PM: Lower Parking lot (Pine Loop Trail Head)
- Limited amount of women’s Transition Demo Bikes (1st come first served)
- Saturday October 8th:
- 7:00 AM till Noon: Registration
- 8:00AM till Noon: Riders Start
- 10:00AM till 4:00PM: Crooked Creek Sag (Water and snacks)
- 11:30AM till 4:00PM: Crooked Creek Sag (Grill)
- Sunday October 9th:
- SRAM sponsored, no-drop, fun gravel ride
- Break camp and head home
- Start planning for the next Brown County Epic!
Official course links: COMING SOON
Volunteer: COMING SOON (Volunteers will get a free t-shirt and tent camping)
The course will not be marked! The office route is posted on MTB Project and Trail Forks. Please use these apps or download the gps route to your computer. You can use the MTB Project or Trail Forks web pages to print maps.
All fires must be in elevated fire pits (no fires on the ground)
Official route does not include Nebo and Combs Rd. If you ride these trails, you will need a Hoosier National Forest Trail Permit.
State Park and Forest Trails require a DNR off road cycling permit
It’s a fun ride and not a race. Riders may start any time and modify the official route as desired.
The course uses some public roads and goes through the campgrounds. Please be respectful to other park users and road users.
Trail D and 10 O’Clock Line trails are open to horses. This is not a race! Please stop if you encounter horse riders and ask them how to safely pass.
HMBA (Hoosier Mountain Bike Association) is a 501c (3) non-profit representing Central Indiana area mountain bikers. HMBA builds and maintains all of the natural surface mountain biking trails in Central Indiana, including the trails at Brown County State Park. HMBA members contribute more than 5,000 volunteer hours annually and have constructed over 125 miles of new, sustainable trails in Indiana.
Our sponsors are a HUGE part of making the Big Woods Brown County Epic Mountain Bike Festival such an amazing success. If you have questions about sponsorship please contact HMBA at firstname.lastname@example.org