annual Oneonta Epic 40 & Epic 25. Sunday, October 20th
Come join us in Oneonta for our annual Oneonta Epic 40 and Epic 25 on Sunday, October 20th.
The Epic started 5 years ago as a bunch (8 or so) of boneheads deciding they wanted to do the 20 miles of Oneonta trails....in both directions. Before they were done, a couple had bonked, a couple had mechanicals, and more than one received an angry phone call from the wife wondering where he was. Only a few finished, cold, miserable, with screaming legs and big silly grins.
Since then the Epic has grown each year, as has the trail system. We now have over 40 miles of trails in town, which can be accessed from downtown on the bike. Last year over 40 people came out on a cold October day for the Epic. The more sane group ended up at about 28 miles; the big kid group did almost 42! In a place with over 600 feet of relief this equates to quite a bit of climbing.
This year the epic will start and end at the upper pavilion in Wilber Park off of Center Street in Oneonta. We will have A, B, and C groups as follows:
Group A will bea fast paced, technical ride with minimal stops. Expect 600ft elevation change in a single climb or descent. We will cover all the trail systems in town, linking them together with bits of road as needed. Expect one pass through downtown Oneonta and one long road climb. Other than that minimal road will be ridden. We will be riding some very technical trails up and down, so bring your tech chops and climbing shorts. Our goal will be 40+ miles and 5000 feet of climbing. Group A will be led by Sam Brown.
Group B will be shooting for 40 miles as well but with less climbing and on slightly less challenging trails. Jean-Paul will lead Group B.
Group C will be shooting for 25 miles and will cover all the trail systems in Oneonta. Some of the hardest trails will be bypassed in favor of more manageable terrain. Group C will have frequent short rest stops and will be more supported in terms off flats, mechanicals, etc than the others.
All three groups will start riding at 9 am and ride until 3 pm. We will ha e a break at 11:45 at the pavilion to refuel, re water, and change groups as needed. There will be easy drop out points at several locations throughout the ride.
Qdawg and berkley might chime in here; they both have ridden here and will probably both be here. Any questions feel free to ask.
Last edited by sambs827; 09-29-2013 at 08:19 PM.
Definitely great trails and if you haven't ridden them before it's a great way to ride a majority of them with people that know the best way to link everything together. Nice mix of trails too; some fast/flowy sections, rocks/roots, fast descents, and of course a decent amount of climbing.
I unfortunately won't be able to make it but for anyone on the fence it's a great place to check out and great people to ride with too.
I plan on being there. I'll reiterate what the other guys said: Great trails, and a great opportunity to get a guided tour. I would even go as far as to say that Oneonta's trails are the hidden gem of New York.
Some frequently asked questions:
Tell me about the trails
The trails are phenomenal. Sam and I worked on building a lot of them and consequently they were built BY mountain bikers FOR mountain bikers. There's new school IMBA-style stuff, old school rugged & raw trails and everything in between.
What's the pace? How long will it take?
The group will probably split into groups of varying speed depending on how many people show up. I would estimate the 25 mile route will take 3-4 hours and the 40 miler will take 4-6 hours. There are plenty of bail out points that will get you back to the start point in short order. Even if you don't finish the route, everyone is invited to the post-ride get together!
What should I bring?
Yourself, your bike, your climbing shorts, some adult beverages for [after?] the ride.
What about the weather?
What about it? It might be cold. It might be hot. It might rain. Or it might not! Unless we get a foot of snow, this shindig goes on!
What should I ride?
Anything short of a full on Downhill bike will be fine. There's a lot of climbing and some trails are rocky and rooty so most locals that ride these trails regularly do it on 4-6" full suspension bikes, but there are lots of hardtail riders too. Plenty of local SS riders - the trails are definitely singlespeed friendly.
How do I get there?
Go to Google maps and use "Netzer Administration Building Oneonta, NY" as your destination. Note the "P" to the left of the building. This is visitor parking.
Please note changes to my original post. All groups will be starting at 9 am and the location has been changes to the upper pavilion in Wilber Park off of Center Street in oneonta. Cheers!
I'm looking forward to it. It's a perfect way for people who don't know the trail system to get an introduction to it. Sam and the crew have done a fantastic job of developing trails and there is something for everyone.
Seth put together the route for the A group epic last week. 43 miles, 5 and a half hours riding time, 5500 feet of climbing. So 8.5 mph average. First half will start with sime easy flat warmup then we will climb 600ft to start the sufferfest with over 3k feet in climbing. The second half will have a bit more flat easy stuff in it then end with two big climbs and descents. The ride will end with either a big descent into the park or a big descent followed by a short flat road cool down.
B ride will ha e more road, bike path, and flat in it but will still be a quick pace. Group c will be slower and more supported. All riders should bring the essentials of a long ride: tubes, air, multi tool, food, water. There will be several water sources along the way
Damn Sam I'm one weekend too early. Still, looking forward to crushing some of this stuff in a few days.
Trails are in awesome shape. We were dusty everywhere till earlier this week, now just moderately dry. We've been out in force all week with blowers and rakes; visibility is great. Come here and see why we had a 7 person professional video crew shooting bike porn.
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