Gaining Ground

The six-mile loop of Walnut Trail (Advanced Black Diamond) and Schooner Trace Trail (Expert Double-Black Diamond) challenges even the best mountain-bikers with dips, logs, rocks, bridges, a narrow trail, and steep ravines reminiscent of North Carolina or West Virginia.

Exploding With Events

The Brown County trail system has become home to some of the most popular mountain-bike events in the country. The DINO race (www.dinoseries.com) has consistently seen over 300 participants annually.

The state park is also home to the Midwest Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic (www.midwestwomensclinic.com). The event started in 2005 and is known as one of the largest and longest-running women’s mountain-bike events in the industry, bringing in coaches and participants from across the U.S. and Canada.

The Brown County Breakdown Epic Mountain Bike Ride (www.browncountybreakdown.com) is an annual fundraising event for the HMBA. The event–held in October–draws more than 600 riders, with nearly 20 different states represented, and has raised more than $85,000 since its 2005 inception. The smooth, flowing single track is also welcoming to hikers and trail runners.

Endless Possibilities

In November 2011, the county was named an IMBA Epic location, a distinction given to only 57 of the most premier trails and rides around the world in the last 10 years (www.imba.com/epics/brown-county).

The story doesn’t end there, though. HMBA leaders are working hard to build an additional 25 miles of trails. These trails will give more options to riders and connect key locations within the state park; also provided will be an extensive “back-country” trail, allowing mountain bikers to make a day trip to Story, Ind., and easily link up with the Hoosier National Forest, where another 50+ miles of trails are available.

Indiana now offers enough riding opportunities to keep local mountain-bikers closer to home and give out-of-state riders a destination to add to their list.

For more information, visit www.browncountymountainbiking.com.

Tania Juillerat is from Brownsburg, Ind., and has been dedicated to the local mountain-bike community since 2005. Tania and her husband Jonathan run a grassroots company, promoting the sport of mountain-biking by fun and unique events throughout the Midwest. More information can be found at www.sub-9.com.

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