The MoCo Epic is back for 2017! To celebrate our 8th edition of Epic Rides, we going back to the original direction for all courses. Prepare to experience some of the best singletrack in the Mid-Atlantic in an all new way. Showcasing over 75 miles across 11 different parks in Montgomery County, the possibilities for an epic adventure are endless with the MoCo Epic. This fast, flowing singletrack offers something for every rider with 5 unique Epic Ride Courses and 3 Youth Rides that feature twisty singletrack, plenty of rocks and roots to skip over, and the scenic beauty of Montgomery County. This organized ride- not a race- allows you to enjoy your epic adventure at your own pace and experience the renowned epic aid stations (up to 9 along the course!) that feature everything from hula dancers to breakfast on a stick.
Come on Sat, Oct 7 for a family day focused on fun for the whole family to enjoy (kid’s ride, skill clinics, group rides, etc.). Skip the longer lines on Sunday morning as well by picking up your rider packet at the same time as having fun with the family.
MoCo Epic® Schedule
Family Day: October 7, 2017
10:00 AM – Early Packet Pick-up Opens
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Trails for Youth Skills Clinic
11:30-12:00 – Snack Break before rides
12:00 PM – Mini Kid’s Ride & Mega Kid’s Ride Depart
4:00 PM – Early Registration Pick-up Closes
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM Pump & Jump Competitions
Epic Day: October 8, 2017
6:15am- Registration opens!
7:00am-11:30am- Rides depart
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Post Ride Celebration (beer garden & food trucks open!)
12:00 PM – 4:15 PM DJ House Music
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Live Band
5:45 PM – Raffle & Awards
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Live Band
8:00 PM- Party Ends!
What does your registration Include:
- You’re giving back to the local trail systems!
- Food and drinks at all aid stations
- Two free beers compliments of New Belgium Brewery after your ride (must be 21 or over)
- One meal ticket to redeem at your choice of food truck
- Post-ride party
- Downloadable GPS track
- Flagged trails
- 2017 MoCo Epic Map-Web (on request)
- Swag bag with plenty of cool stuff
- Sweepers with first aid supplies and a staffed first-aid center
- Official event shirt (must register by 9/23 to guarantee your shirt)
- Basic bike assistance at aid stations (free lube, tire pumping, etc.)
- Rain date of Oct 14-15, 2017
MORE (The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit representing thousands of area mountain bikers. Founded in 1992, MORE maintains more than 400 miles of natural surface trails in 44 state and county parks in the region. MORE members contribute more than 7,000 volunteer hours annually and have constructed over 100 miles of new, sustainable trail. The club also leads hundreds of rides each year at local parks, ranging from beginner to advanced. Visit www.more-mtb.org.
Discounts & Special Packages
MORE Membership ($20 Discount)- We value our MORE members and want to reward all current 2016 members with a $20 discount to their Epic ride at check out. Not a MORE member but want to get in on the action? Join above!
Tiered Registration Pricing ($50 Discount)- Register early to take advantage of the tiered pricing structure and save BIG!
Trail Work Discount ($25 Discount)- Earn $25 off your Epic Ride by volunteering at three trail work days! After rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty at three MORE official trail work days, you’ll be emailed a $25 discount code or be refunded $25 should you already be registered. To be eligible, you must participate in the full work day at the MoCo Epic Trail Work Series. Only one $25 Trail Work Discount may be applied per Epic Ride and is non-transferrable between riders. Visit MORE’s calendar for a full listing of official trail work days.
Epic Volunteer Discount ($15 Discount)- Volunteer before an Epic Ride and receive a $15 refund on your Epic Ride! We need an army of volunteers to set up course marking and event equipment the day before the Epic. Help us out, and you’ll be rewarded with a $15 refund that will be processed within 2 weeks after the MoCo Epic. Just register to volunteer on Bike Reg, and you’ll receive an email with additional details. You must show up at your registered volunteer shift and a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer time is required to be eligible for the discount. Only one $15 Epic Volunteer Discount may be applied per Epic Ride and are non-transferrable between riders.
The Junior Epic- Perfect for advanced junior riders looking to push their limits. This course (the same route as the REI 15 Miler) will have a lead/swept group ride designed specifically for advanced youth to enjoy a true Epic Ride in a supported group environment. Riders must be at least 10 years old to participate. Expect your adventure to last approximately 3 hours. Click here for a course map.
The 15 Miler- Perfect for experienced beginners or riders who couldn’t commit to consistent training to enjoy a taste of the MoCo Epic experience. You’ll start off heading north for a quick tour of the Diabase trail which will lead you onto the flowing single track fun of Schaeffer Farms before finishing at South Germantown Rec Park for the post ride party. Click here for a course map.
The 30 Miler- Your Epic adventure begins with the Hoyles Mill trail. A combination of single track and gravel takes you over to Ten Mile Creek, and the amazing views of Little Seneca Lake. 6.5 miles of flowing pump track takes you over to Black Hill, and more traditional trails in this county park. A quick loop around Black Hill and you are back on Hoyles Mill in the opposite direction. As you get close to the South Germantown Rec Park, you veer off on Diabase and some nicely varied terrain. Cross the road and you enter the legendary Schaeffer Farm trail system. One of the oldest trails built by MORE, and a fan favorite for decades. Loop over to and descend the whoop-de-doo trail for a quick snack at Black Rock Mill before heading back up the hill, to finish on the White trail before hitting the home stretch to South Germantown Rec Park where the post ride party is beckoning! Click here for a course map.
The 40 Miler- This southern loop offers the most singletrack percentage wise of all the Epic courses. Starting off with the Diabase trail, you’ll twist through a quick tour of Schaeffer and continue straight to the fast flow of Seneca Ridge Trail to the Greenway and quick twist through the Kentlands. From there you will head out for a tour of Muddy Branch that ends as you drop down into the historic beauty of the C&O Canal. This is the final stretch as you’ll climb up Seneca Bluffs toward Seneca Ridge Trail and pop out at Black Rock Mill, then into Schaeffer Farms and onto the post ride festivities! Click here for a course map.
The 55 Miler- Here’s the route of choice for the brave at heart! This year you’ll be heading heading north through Hoyles Mill and on to the flowtrack of Ten Mile Creek and Black Hills. You will then begin some long climbing through Little Bennett and Damacus Regional Parks. From there you will swing south on the Greenway Trail toward Seneca Creek State Park for a loop around the scenic Clopper Lake south and connect with the Seneca Ridge Trail for the long, fun run to Black Rock Mill. One last Aid Station and then it is off through Schaeffer Farm and back to South Germantown’s post ride party for refueling! Overall this route is about 85% singletrack with occasional paved country roads between parks. Click here for a course map.
The 75 Miler- Are you ready to tackle this granddaddy of Epic Rides? This course is no joke with over 4,000 ft in elevation. This year you’ll start your Epic adventure by heading north through Hoyles Mill and on to the flowtrack of Ten Mile Creek and Black Hills. You will then begin some long climbing through Little Bennett and Damacus Regional Parks. From there you will swing south on the Greenway Trail toward Seneca Creek State Park for a loop around the scenic Clopper Lake after which you’ll roll through the Kentlands and head out for a tour of Muddy Branch that ends as you drop down into the historic beauty of the C&O Canal. This is the final stretch as you’ll climb up Seneca Bluffs toward Seneca Ridge Trail and pop out at Black Rock Mill, then into Schaeffer Farms and onto refueling at the post ride party. Be prepared for a 8-9 hour adventure you’ll never forget! Click here for a course map.
The Mini Epic Kid’s Ride (Oct 7)- Bring the kids out to enjoy a special ride geared just for them! MORE and Trails for Youth partner to lead a well organized kids ride option that will run approximately 5 miles and swing by a MoCo Epic aid station. Parents are not required to participate but are welcome to join at no charge if desired. Click here for a course map.
The Advanced Kid’s Ride (Oct 7)- Is your youth looking for a little more challenge than the Mini Epic Kid’s Ride? For the more advanced child riders, we’ll also have a longer course option that will tour 9-10 miles and even hit an aid station for a full Epic experience! Parents are not required to participate but are welcome to join at no charge if desired. Click here for a course map.
******Disclaimer: Routes and GPS files are subject to change, and should not be considered finalized******
Our sponsors are a large part of making the MoCo Epic such a smashing success! If you would like to help support this event, please reach out to Steve DonTigny about sponsorship opportunities.
The MoCo Epic is a registered trademark of “MORE (The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), Inc.”