Brown County Epic

Oct. 7th – 9th, 2022

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 – 61 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 starting at 10 AM Sunday morning.

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 Trailforks.  The complete routes will not be marked in the woods.  Please download the gps routes, print maps, and/or use the Trailforks app.

  • 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. Bicycle Station will be on site selling HNF trail passes if you need one.

  • 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 Sept 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 BBQ dinner on Saturday and a food truck available for dinner Friday night as well as Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Registration for the Epic Mountain Bike Festival includes:

  • Unlimited good vibes for giving back to the local trail system!
  • Recommended routes on Trailforks
  • Food, drinks, and basic bike assistance (lube, pumps, tools, etc) at all aid stations
  • Swag bag with cool stuff including an event t-shirt
  • Post-ride BBQ Dinner hosted by Sugar Creek Barbecue
  • After-party with musical guests The Banister Band and The Haters
  • NEW! – SRAM sponsored, fun, no-drop gravel ride at 10 AM on Sunday
  • And don’t forget, all proceeds go to HMBA, which goes back to the trails you’re riding!

Raffle Items:

  • 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! Self report your hours on the volunteering page. Be sure to select the “Brown County EPIC – SRAM Raffle Hours” Volunteer Job to ensure they count.
  • and maybe more to come…

Event Schedule:

  • Friday October 7th:
    • Noon – 9 PM Registration Open
    • Noon – 5 PM Product Expo
    • Noon: Down Hill and Flow Clinic by DNK Presents (must register on Bike Reg)
    • 3:00PM: Down Hill and Flow Clinic by DNK Presents (must register on Bike Reg)
    • Short Dedication and then a group ride
    • 5:00PM:  Women’s ride: Lower Parking lot (Pine Loop Trail Head) – Limited amount of women’s Transition Demo Bikes (1st come first served)
    • 5 PM – 10 PM: QuaffOn! BEER GARDEN
    • 6 PM – 9 PM: food truck selling food
    • 11 PM: Quiet hours begin
  • Saturday October 8th:
    • 7 AM – 6 PM: Registration / Check-In / Merchandise OPEN
    • 7:53 AM Sunrise
    • 8 AM: 62 Mile Riders Start****
    • 9 AM: All other riders start***
    • ***Arrive at start/finish area 10min before designated time for a safety / course condition review. Saturday rides are non-competitive. Choose a route/start time you are comfortable with. Please pay attention to support hours below:
    • 8 AM – Noon: Weedpatch Sag
    • 9 AM – 4 PM: Crooked Creek Sag (LUNCH 11 AM – 4 PM)
    • 3 PM – 7 PM: Dinner provided by Sugar Creek BBQ (price included in registration)
    • 3 PM – 10 PM: QuaffON! Beer Garden
    • 3:10 PM: The Banister Band
    • 7 PM: The Haters
    • 7 PM All riders due back
    • 7:10 PM Sunset
    • 11 PM: Quiet hours begin
  • Sunday October 9th:
    • 10:00 AM: SRAM sponsored, no-drop, fun gravel ride – meet at 259 Washington St in Nashville
    • Break camp and head home
    • Start planning for the next Brown County Epic!

Official course links (Trailforks):

Volunteer: (Volunteers will get a free t-shirt and tent camping)

Reminders:

  • The course will not be marked! The office route is posted on Trailforks.  Please use this app or download the gps routes to your computer.  You can also use the Trailforks web page 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

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.

Sponsors

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 contact_us@hmba.org

October 7-9, 2022
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2021 Epic

Check out some of the photos from last year's Brown County Epic!