Breakdown

Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Brown County Breakdown
SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2013

2013 Early Bird Registration Begins July 1

Come support the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association for our biggest fund-raising event of the year.  Enjoy an epic ride on beautiful trails within one of the largest and best-preserved contiguous hardwood forests in the Midwest.  It isn’t a race, it’s just a great ride in the woods with a few hundred of your closest friends!  

The ride begins and ends at beautiful Brown County State Park near Nashville, Indiana.  We have a full weekend of events planned. Please see the Event FAQ for details. 

 2013 Event Highlights:

~ Free bike and product demos on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  

2012 demo participants included: GiantTrek2 Pedals PhotographyNinerScottCannondaleREITrek WomenSRAMKona, the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and more!  Open to the public.

~ Limited group tent camping at the start/finish area on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 for $15 per person.  You must pre-register and pre-pay online to camp.  Kids 12 and under camp free all weekend.  We will also have limited RV and camper parking for $75 for the weekend.  Camping space is limited Here is a Google Map of the Camping Area

~ Commemorative Brown County Breakdown pint glasses for registered participants who are also current HMBA-IMBA paid members (while supplies last)

~ Trail, trail and more trail!  We pack more sweet single track into this event than any other mountain bike event around.  The Breakdown route is one huge out-and-back (no repeating loops!) and is the only day of the year when riders can connect the IMBA Epic Brown County State Park trails with those in the nearby Hoosier National Forest and Yellowwood State Forest.  Ride as little or as much as you like… up to 100 miles available to ride in just one day!

~ Lots of prizes will be given away randomly to participants!  2012 prize highlights included: Niner EMD frame (size Medium), two Niner carbon forks,,  a Kona Big UNIT frame (size Large), SRAM XO trail brakes, a Bontrager Race X Lite 29er wheelset complete with Bontrager tires, REI camping packing including 4-person tenttech garage, camp chairs and water bottles as well as tons of other great giveaways from event sponsors and more!

 ~ Lots of live bluegrass music!  Join us throughout the weekend for live performances from local, regional and nationally recognized bluegrass bands.  The 2013 event will feature music from th New Old CavalryWhite Lightning BoysChicago Farmer, “one man jam band” Derrick HowardEric Lambert and Friends, the Whipstitch Sallies and the Rumpke Mountain Boys!  

~ There will be live bluegrass music fromWeed Patch Music at the hidden cabin rest stop on the 45, 65, 80 and 100 mile routes and live bluegrass and acoustic music at the finish area.  We even have some musical surprises up our sleeves.  You’ll have to come ride to find out!

~ Complimentary beer tasting sponsored by Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, IN) and Big Woods Brewing (Nashville, IN) for participants and volunteers. Must be 21 or older.  ID required.

Live music and complimentary beer are exclusive to event participants, volunteers (and their families) only.  

~ A huge hog roast at the end of the ride provided by the legendary Jug’s Catering.  The menu includes fresh roasted pork that melts in your mouth, fried chicken, baked beans, au gratin potatoes, corn on the cob, Brown County fried biscuits with apple butter (how many can you eat?), pasta salad and ice cold lemonade to wash it all down!

~ Access to the hog roast for friends, family, and non-riders will be available at the finish.  The cost is $20 per person.  Children ages 7-15 are $15 and children under 6 are free!  Please pre-register for the hog roast to ensure availability.  The pool concession will be open with a limited items (sandwiches, pretzels, etc) on Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m.  Bring cash!

~ Great rest stops provided by Nebo Ridge BicyclesBicycle Garage IndyWest Trails Bicycles (Miamitown, OH) and Friends of Brown County State Park that feature lots of snacks and fluids.  The main rest stop features a hidden, private cabin in a beautiful wooded valley with live music and features free, professional mechanical support provided by Joe’s Cycles.  The 2013 event will also offer free mechanical support fromBluegrass Bicycle Company at the Start/Finish.

~ Join us on Saturday for a “Family Fun Ride” at 2 p.m.  This fun, casual ride is open to anyone of all ages and mountain biking experience and is a great way to introduce friends and family to the joys of mountain biking.  This ride is free and open to the general public and will cover trails such as Pine Loop, North Tower Connector and North Tower Loop.  This ride does not include t-shirt or hog roast ticket.  See Event FAQ for more details.

~ Anyone that has attended this event knows that it’s the participants, volunteers and sponsors that make it one of the premier mountain bike events in the country.  You’ll have a great time and meet some of the nicest folks.  Everyone is intent on having a very good time!