The long anticipated day arrived this past weekend and over 600 riders converged in Maryland’s Soccerplex, in Germantown, to head out into one of several Epic Mountain Bike Rides around the single track trails of Montgomery County.

Despite a little bit of a scare with the impending weather, the rides went off without a hitch. The trails were in absolutely great shape, and other than one “wet spot” at Little Bennett Regional park it was an amazing day of riding.

This year I opted for the 50 mile northern loop and hooked up with the guys and galls of Team XXL and The Bike Lane for a brisk ride through the woods.

It took us a little over 7 hours to complete the ride, which was an absolute blast. Aid stations along the way provided hydration and nutrition so that we could stayed fueled and keep going.

The trails we rode in this loop will be documented in the upcoming edition of Mountain Biking the Washington D.C./Baltimore Areas and include the Hoyles Mill Connector, Black Hill Regional Park, Little Bennett Regional Park, The Seneca Greenway, Seneca Creek State Park (Clopper Lake), The Seneca Ridge Trial, and Schaffer Farms.

I highly recommend you sign up for one of the upcoming Epics in 2015 – The NOVA Epic, The Patapsco Epic, or the MoCo Epic. All three rides are phenomenal and showcase all of the great off-road riding we have in this region.

Check out some great picks from our friends at No Film Photography from Yesterday’s MoCo Epic.