Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Brown County Breakdown
SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2013
Come support the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association for our biggest fund-raising event of the year. Enjoy an epic ride on beautiful trails within one of the largest and best-preserved contiguous hardwood forests in the Midwest. It isn't a race, it's just a great ride in the woods with a few hundred of your closest friends! The ride begins and ends at beautiful Brown County State Park near Nashville, Indiana. We have a full weekend of events planned. Please see the Event FAQ for details.
2012 Event Highlights:
~ Free bike and product demos on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
2012 demo participants include Giant, Trek, 2 Pedals Photography, Niner, Scott, Cannondale, REI, Trek Women, SRAM, Kona, the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and more! Open to the public.
~ Limited group tent camping at the start/finish area on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 for only $10 per person. You must pre-register and pre-pay online to camp. Kids 10 and under camp free all weekend. We will also have limited RV and camper parking for $50 for the weekend. Camping space is limited. Here is a Google Map of the Camping Area
~ Commemorative Brown County Breakdown pint glasses for registered participants who are also current HMBA-IMBA paid members (while supplies last)
~ Trail, trail and more trail! We pack more sweet single track into this event than any other mountain bike event around. The 25 mile route is 100% single track trail. The other routes, including the 100 mile route are at least 80% single track trail. The 2012 event once again features the brand new Green Valley Loop, completed in 2011 with the help of funds raised from the Brown County Breakdown and will now include all new trails never before opened to mountain bikers. Check out the 2012 Route News for updates!
~ Lots of prizes will be given away randomly to participants! 2012 prize highlights include a Niner EMD frame (size Medium), two Niner carbon forks,, a Kona Big UNIT frame (size Large), SRAM XO trail brakes, a Bontrager Race X Lite 29er wheelset complete with Bontrager tires, REI camping packing including 4-person tent, tech garage, camp chairs and water bottles as well as tons of other great giveaways from event sponsors and more!
~ Bring cash to buy raffle tickets throughout the day on Friday and Saturday for a chance to win a 2011 Cannondale RZ One Twenty 2 complete mountain bike valued at $2599! Winner will be announced during the live bluegrass music on Saturday night. Must be present to win!
~ Lots of live bluegrass music! Join us throughout the weekend for live performances from local, regional and nationally recognized bluegrass bands. The 2012 event features Indy-based bands the Whipstitch Sallies and Flatland Harmony Experiment, Cincinnati-based Hocking River String Band, local Nashville bands including the New Old Cavalry, White Lightning Boys and Indiana Boys and Chi-town based Chicago Farmer! Music only tickets are available for $25, so bring your non-mountain biking, bluegrass lovin' friends along to listen on Friday and Saturday night! Tickets can be purchased in advance on the registration website.
~ There will be live bluegrass music from Weed Patch Music at the hidden cabin rest stop on the 45, 65, 80 and 100 mile routes and live bluegrass and acoustic music at the finish area. We even have some musical surprises up our sleeves. You'll have to come ride to find out!
~ Complimentary beer tasting sponsored by Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, IN) and Big Woods Brewing (Nashville, IN) for participants and volunteers (Music Only guests not included. Must be 21 or older. ID required).
~ A huge hog roast at the end of the ride provided by the legendary Jug's Catering. The menu includes fresh roasted pork that melts in your mouth, fried chicken, baked beans, au gratin potatoes, corn on the cob, Brown County fried biscuits with apple butter (how many can you eat?), pasta salad and ice cold lemonade to wash it all down!
~ Access to the hog roast for friends, family, and non-riders will be available at the finish. The cost is $15 per person. Children ages 7-12 are $10 and children under 6 are free! Please pre-register for the hog roast to ensure availability. The pool concession will be open with a limited items (sandwiches, pretzels, etc) on Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m. Bring cash!
~ Great rest stops provided by Nebo Ridge Bicycles, Bicycle Garage Indy, West Trails Bicycles (Miamitown, OH) and Friends of Brown County State Park that feature lots of snacks and fluids. The main rest stop features a hidden, private cabin in a beautiful wooded valley with live music. It also features free, professional mechanical support provided by Joe's Cycles (45, 65, 80 and 100 mile routes only).
~ Join us on Saturday for a "Family Fun Ride" at 2 p.m. This fun, casual ride is open to anyone of all ages and mountain biking experience and is a great way to introduce friends and family to the joys of mountain biking. This ride is free and open to the general public and will cover trails such as Pine Loop, North Tower Connector and North Tower Loop. This ride does not include t-shirt or hog roast ticket. See Event FAQ for more details.
~ Anyone that has attended this event knows that it's the participants, volunteers and sponsors that make it one of the premier mountain bike events in the country. You'll have a great time and meet some of the nicest folks. Everyone is intent on having a very good time!