If you’re into biking – and mountain biking in particular – a Brown County event this weekend may be right up your alley. Make that, trail.
The Brown County Epic Mountain Bike Festival scheduled Friday through Sunday will showcase Brown County’s trail systems and provide an opportunity to admire the area’s colorful scenery. Bikers and spectators alike will be able to experience Brown County’s autumn season and some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest.
Presented by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, the festival will take place in the Brown County State Park, Nashville, providing plenty of scenery and mountain biking trails — with routes varying from 25 to 100 miles.
More than biking alone, the Brown County Epic also will include a wide variety of cycling-inspired events, demonstrations, camping, a beer garden, group rides, clinics, games, raffles, live music, a post-ride BBQ, and food by Big Woods Brewing Company throughout the weekend.
The Brown County Epic benefits the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, which has been building and maintaining the trail system in the state park since the early 2000s.
FRIDAY: Register for Saturday’s rides, bike demos, vendors, a beer garden, and live music. Also, the official grand opening of the Hobbs Hollow Flow Trail will take place.
SATURDAY: Riders hit the trails in the morning 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 reopen in time for bikers and festival-goers to enjoy a cold brew with their dinner. The festival’s post-ride BBQ cookout, catered by Big Woods Brewing Co., follows 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.
SUNDAY: More demonstrations are slated for the day.
RIDERS: 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 (age 17 and younger). Admission for HMBA members only riding in Saturday’s Epic Ride is $50, which does not include a T-shirt and the BBQ dinner.
NON-RIDERS: 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.
PAY OPTIONS: Bikers and attendees can register and pay for all events in person beginning at noon Friday at Epic’s headquarters in the Brown County State Park. Registration also is available online at bikereg.com/brown-county-epic-mountain-bike-festival.
Festival information: Visit hmba.org/brown-county-epic.