What is the Epic 8 Hour?
The Epic 8 Hour takes place over a 8 hour time frame on a 10 km loop course which starts and finishes at the same location. The object is not to finish first, but to complete the greatest number of laps before the end of the event. There is a Solo category for the hard cores, but most people do it as a (2 person, 3-4 person, or 5-6 person) team. Only one member of the team is on the course at any one time, in other words you take turns riding.
Why do an Epic 8 Hour?
There are several reasons why its’ more fun than a conventional race.
Because the race is defined by time, not distance, nobody finishes “last”. All riders finish the race at about the same time. Slower riders can ride at their own pace without feeling like they are “holding up” anyone. Faster riders who want a good workout can put in more laps and ride more distance.
In a conventional race, most of us never see the faster riders after the start line, and never see them in action at all. In an Epic 8 Hour, most of us will get passed by faster riders at some point. These “fast guys and girlz” are inspiring to watch, and it’s a good chance to see how skillfully these talented athletes negotiate the course.
When your team-mate is out riding, you get to relax, hang out with friends at the start/finish area, and watch the progress of the other teams.
“Enduro and Team Relay races are credited with the revival of mountain bike racing in recent years, mainly as a result of their participation and festival nature”.
So if you have never participated in an Epic 8 Hour, it’s a good chance to give it a try, challenge yourself, meet some other riders, and celebrate our sport!
The Epic 8 Hour courses are approx. 10km, comprised of some of the most fun, fast and rolling trails. The courses have a good selection of challenges, but will not be overly technical for newer riders. The courses for all the events are completely different, and have a very different feel.
The Epic 8 Hour Relay Series is timed using the proprietary Chico Racing Chip Timing system, famous from the Chico Racing 24 HR events, to ensure accurate and instantaneous results.
Epic Kids Ride:
The Epic Kids Ride is designed to provide the little ones with a special event just for them, and include them in a fun day for the whole family. This is a fun oriented, non-competitive event, where the kids are challenged to ride as many laps as possible within the 15 minute time limit. The Epic Kids Ride is open to all young riders age 10 and under, so there’s no excuse for them not to give it a try.
Registration for Epic Kids is available onsite for $15.00 and includes fun prizes for participation.
Prizes and Awards:
• Awards to Top three teams in each category
• Trek Bicycle Store and Other Draw Prizes at Awards
• Special Solo 100 km Pin for all Solo riders completing 100 km
What does my entry include?
• First 500 registered get a pair of Custom Race Souvenir Socks
• Each team member get a Souvenir Number Plate
• Grand Prize Draws from Trek Store!
• Awards for the top three teams in each category
• Awesome race course on some of Ontario’s best trails
• Chip Timing for instantaneous results
Schedule of Events:
• Sunday June 24 – Deadline for Early Entry Discount
You just need to commit by entering your team, and can leave team members blank if don’t have a full roster. You can add or change team members right up to race day.
• Saturday, July 7 – Last chance registration to get Team Name on Customized Number Plate
• Wednesday, July 11– Final Entry deadline at midnight!
• Friday, July 13 – 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Package Pick-up and Waiver check.
Note: Team Captain or designate do the package pick-up for the whole team. We encourage you to do this Friday night to avoid the rush Saturday morning.
• Saturday, July 14
7:30 am – 9:45 am – Package Pick-up and Waiver check.
9:30 am – Team Captains Meeting
10:00 am – Epic 8 Hour Relay
2:00 pm – Epic Kids’ Ride
5:30 pm – Course Closed, no new riders on course
6:00 pm – Last rider to count
6:15 pm – Awards and Draw Prizes