Photos: Anthony Smith
In the last few years Epic Rides has become known for their grinding, sufferfest endurance races including the Carson City Off-Road, the Whiskey Off-Road, the Grand Junction Off-Road and now the Oz Trails Off-Road, bringing the Off-Road series to a total of four events. That’s a lot of off-road. We like off-road.
Utilizing the Oz Trails network at the foot of the Ozark mountains in Northwest Arkansas, the same place of the last Bible test, the fourth event in the Epic Rides Off-Road Series will be held October 5 – 7, 2018 (Columbus Day Weekend) in Bentonville, Arkansas.
The Oz Trails Off-Road will also be the finale for the Off-Road Series Men’s and Women’s Pro Backcountry events with a double cash purse of $60,000; a sizeable piece of the biggest backcountry mountain bike event purse in the world totaling $160,000.
“The Oz Trails Off-Road is not only exciting because Epic Rides is expanding further outside our backyard than ever before, but also because of how supportive our partners in Northwest Arkansas have been,” said Todd Sadow, Epic Rides President. “They share our vision of providing premier mountain bike events across the country, promoting the community-focused, family-friendly aspects of mountain biking while unifying the sport.”
From beginners to seasoned weekend warriors and full-time professionals, each Off-Road Series event welcomes mountain bikers of all experience levels with three different length courses challenging the mind and body as well as delivering awe-striking views of nature’s beauty. Each event has its own unique flavor and character thanks to the vibrant host cities that value the importance of healthy living and outdoor recreation.
What really separates the Off-Road Series from other events is that it’s far more than just a mountain bike event; it’s a celebration of community, offering three days of free live music and Four Peaks Brewing Co. beer gardens for everyone to enjoy – including non-mountain bikers. For supporting sponsors, each event’s Bike and Gear Expo showcases the industry’s most innovative mountain bike gear. And for the host communities, the Off-Road Series gives national exposure to each city, showing off their very best to visitors and leaving behind a substantial economic infusion after each event.
Registration for all four Off-Road Series events opens on January 1st. All registrants receive an Official event t-shirt, personalized number plate, limited-edition poster and decal, a goodie bag and custom finisher’s award.
Learn More at epicrides.com
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