Highlighting the scenic trails through Howard County, MD, the Patapsco Epic on August 10, 2014 has tons of steep descents and climbs to keep you on your toes over the 25, 35, and 50 mile ride options. This epic has some of the most grueling courses of the series, so make sure to get your prep training in to have the rewarding feeling of making it to the end still pedaling strong! Support for each course includes a detailed map/cue sheet, well-marked course trails, killer aid stations, and a post-ride party with BBQ and live music that will be sure to make your experience an epic one!
– Description from the MORE Epic Series for The Patapsco Epic
Rockburn Branch Park near Elkridge, MD was the scene for the festivities, the start/finish, and the post ride party for the the REI 25 Miler, the Frisco 35 Miler, and the 50 Miler. There was also a 3 Mile Kids Mini-Epic and a 10 Mile Advanced Kids ride.
Bikenetic was gracious enough to lend their Keg Van to shuttle up the MORE/Team XXL/Wicked Wash Racing crew from Northern Virginia and to be the official sag wagon to shuttle any riders back to the start/finish from the aid stations.
The 50 Miler route did not disappoint. Linking up the Rockburn Branch, Avalon, Hollofield, Daniels, Woodstock, McKeldin, Alberton, Pickall, and Rockhaven areas of the Patapsco Valley State Park parks, it was truly an epic ride. Compared to the Patapsco 100 course, which was meant to be punishing, the Epic 50 Miler route was truly rewarding and allowed you to take in the beauty of the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail System.
All of the Aid Stations were well stocked and staffed with supportive and friendly volunteers.
It was great day to ride with so many familiar faces in the local mountain bike community.
The post ride party was the perfect end to the amazing day of riding with great food, great music, and an endless supply of New Belgium Brewing‘s finest brews.
The MORE Patapsco Trail Work Series led by Trail Liaisons Eric Crawford and Ed Dixon have made the Patapsco Valley Trail System a reality with over 1,000 volunteer trail work hours logged so far this year.
REI donated a check for $15,000 to MORE and to Maryland Park Service for new trail signage in Patapsco Valley State Park.
Wrapping up the festivities, it was a fitting end to an Epic day, as everyone wished the current MORE Board President, Ernest Rodriguez, a very Happy Birthday.