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Featured Ride: Black Canyon Trail IMBA Epic

Photos courtesy of MTB Project.



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The Black Canyon Trail (BCT) is truly epic, stretching from Highway 69 south to the Carefree Highway, just north of Phoenix. This MTB Project ride lists total mileage at 67.5 miles of 100% singletrack, but I’ve also read reports of 78 miles of total rideable trail. Either way, you’ll want to break this ride into sections by riding out and back or point to point with a shuttle.

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As you can see in the elevation chart, the BCT trends downhill from roughly 4,200 feet to 1,600 feet at the end. Don’t be fooled though, you’ll still climb nearly 5,000 feet of elevation throughout the course of the ride.

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If you’d like to do the BCT in one multi-day session, Hermosa Tours offers a 3-day, 2-night self-guided tour along 78 miles of the BCT. As the name suggest, tour guest guide themselves during the day while a Hermosa Tour guide breaks down camp in the morning, then moves and sets up camp at the following day’s destination.

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The BCT is best tackled in early spring and late fall due to soaring summer temperatures in the region. Be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project if you plan to visit.

Photos courtesy of MTB Project.



2015 Whiskey Off Road recap

Whiskey Off Road 2015 Day 3

Photos by Brian Leddy.

The twelfth annual Whiskey Off Road kicked off the Epic Rides Off-Roads Series over the weekend, 2,000 riders enjoyed perfect trail conditions and an estimated 10,000 spectators enjoyed the party along Whiskey Row in Prescott, Arizona.

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  • Friday’s 15 Proof Fun Ride guided riders of all skill level on a scenic course of mixed singletrack/dirt road. With plenty of climbing and an attainable descent back to Whiskey Row, riders enjoyed dropping into Whiskey weekend on a lighter note.
  • The Pro Men’s and Women’s Fat Tire Crits were blazingly fast and highly contented. Thousands lined the streets and occupied the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden to cheer on the action. Chloe Woodruff and Sam Gaze proved strongest, respectively. See the full results here.
  • Saturday’s 50 Proof and 30 Proof Amateur Rides guided about 1,500 riders on a tour of pristine Northern AZ singletrack. Spotty rains kept the dirt tacky and provided riders the perfect ingredients for fun.
  • The Crosseyed Possum, Kenny James, Road One South rocked the main stage until rains took over Saturday afternoon, but weather didn’t spoil the party. Headliner Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers took it indoors and packed the house at one of Prescott’s infamous pubs.
  • The Pro Men’s and Women’s XC events drew an international field of high caliber talent. More than 100 pros showed up to vie for their share of the $30,000 cash purse split evenly between the males and females. Chloe Woodruff and Howard Grotts took the top spots, and pocketed $5,000 each. See the full results here.
  • The Bike & Gear Expo welcomed the industry’s most innovative brands including Shimano, Stan’s NoTubes, Pivot Cycles, Maxxis Tires, Camelbak, Endura, KMC, and more.
  • Sunday’s Shimano Youth Series Kids Fun Ride drew over 170 kids to stride and pedal their way around Whiskey Row and Granite Creek


Up next

The next event on the Epic Rides calendar is the third annual Grand Junction Off-Road, May 29-31 in Grand Junction, Colorado.


Whiskey Off-Road and Grand Junction Off-Road expand festivals with headlining acts

Grand Junction Off-Road Day 1

Courtesy of Epic Rides

Today Epic Rides announced headlining musical acts for the 12th Annual Whiskey Off-Road on April 24-26 and the 3rd Annual Grand Junction Off-Road presented by U.S. Bank on May 29-31.

Music and mountain bikes create lasting memories, which is why Epic Rides events bring both together in a weekend-long experience that’s much more than just a good day on the bike. In an effort to help expand the appeal of mountain biking to new enthusiasts with common musical interests, Epic Rides is broadening its live music offerings at both Off-Road Series events with a full weekend of free music.

Featured this year is the much-anticipated return of headliner Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers at the Whiskey Off-Road and rising star Shakey Graves headlining the Grand Junction Off Road

For years, Arizona’s own Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers have rocked Prescott’s Whiskey Row with hard-hitting rootsy tunes ripe with wailing guitars, foot stomping beats and finely seasoned hints of reggae and mariachi. Holding all that unique energy together is Clyne’s unmistakable voice, regarded by many Arizonans as the Springsteen of the Southwest. RCPM will take the stage on Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m. on the south courthouse lawn in the heart of downtown Prescott.

The day of live music kicks off at Noon with supporting acts including Road One South Blues Band and Phoenix-based cover band Furious George. With a new Friday music slot for the Whiskey in 2015, The Crosseyed Possum will be belting out tunes as racers zip by Whiskey Row during the spectator-friendly Fat Tire Crit. The Crosseyed Possum isn’t just any band either, they’re proficient 12-year-old musicians who have a strong following in their hometown of Prescott.

The 3rd Annual Grand Junction Off-Road presented by U.S. Bank will proudly feature Austin, Texas, native Shakey Graves, a one-man electric folk band with national acclaim recently seen on the Late Show with David Letterman. Witnessing Shakey Graves simultaneously stomping a handmade suitcase kick drum and a tambourine while belting out lyrics and strumming his guitar to his recent hit, “Roll the Bones”, gets respect from even the most discerning musician.

Shakey Graves will take the stage on Saturday, May 30 at 6 p.m., capping off an entire weekend of free music courtesy of a partnership between Epic Rides and Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority’s 27th Annual Downtown Art + Music Festival. The Grand will be held amidst three full days of free music and art on three different stages, with four entire blocks of Main Street open as a beer garden.

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“Bikes, beers and bands; it’s a combination that brings communities together in celebration of the arts and healthy living,” said Todd Sadow, President of Epic Rides. “Epic Rides Off-Road Series events are intended to be more than just about mountain biking. We want them to be about making unforgettable memories with friends and family while supporting an arts and recreation-based economy.”

Registration is now open for each event.


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