MoCo Epic 2013
A Z Adventures production under license from MORE
News and updates
Calling All Volunteers
(Free Beer...!)

Not planning to ride on Saturday or Sunday?
Have a spouse or a significant other riding but not you? Please volunteer! We will need in excess of a hundred volunteers to ensure the event go smoothly.

We need volunteers at Aid Stations, to help blaze the course (on Friday and Saturday), to direct traffic at the venue, to help at road crossings, at the Festival and at the Start and Finish area.

We also need volunteer riders to sweep and demark the courses. Strong riding skills, knowledge of the trails and possibly first aid experience and/or certification will be helpful to be selected as sweeper/demarkers.

Volunteers get a free shirt, admission to the post-ride party, free food and Dogfish beer (maybe I should have started with that) and swag with the volunteer packet.    


Note: All volunteers must register. Please register as early as you can so we can plan and give you proper assignments.

Oh, and thank you

Price increase

A slight price increase will occur on September 1. Make sure you register soon!

What you get for your entry fee:
  • Food and drinks at up to 9 aid stations
  • A beautiful map and cue sheet printed on waterproof paper
  • A downloadable GPS track
  • A shirt (guaranteed in your size if you register by Sep 29 at midnight)
  • Entry to post-ride party (free food and Dogfish Head beer) 


Aid Stations Lineup

- AS1
(25-35-50-65): Soccerplex -
- AS2 (25-50-65): Black Hill - Bikenetic
- AS3 (50-65): Little Bennett - Spokes Etc.
- AS4 (50-65): Damascus Reg'l Park - All American Bicycle Center
- AS5 (50-65): Seneca Greenway at Rt 355 - Just Riding Along Bicycle Shop
- AS6 (35-50-65): Seneca Creek State Park at Riffle Ford Rd -
Performance Bike of Gaithersburg
- AS7 (35-65): Muddy Branch - Muddy Branch Alliance
- AS8 (35-65): C&O at Riley's Lock - Darius Mark - State Farm Agent
- AS9 (25-35-50-65): Black Rock Mill -
Germantown Cycles

Please patronize those great businesses. They make the Epic
, and our trails, better!

New Rides Descriptions

If you're still hesitating between rides, we've added some descriptions to each ride, like singletrack percentage, etc. Also, total elevation and actual mileage per GPS, which is a bit longer than the advertised distances. Click here for the new descriptions.  
Sponsors and Festival Exhibitors (update)

DC United will be at the Festival, promoting their soccer camps and the team. They'll have plenty of freebies like stress balls, water bottles and car magnets and a lucky winner will win an autographed team jersey.

City Bikes has confirmed that they will be at the Festival. Very cool to have this great bike shop (actually, 3 of them) there!

SCW Customs, a local custom bike builder, will be at the Festival. Come and check out their beautiful steel frames.  

Eco-Bikes, a Germantown-based bike shop specializing in electric bikes, will also be at the Festival.
Come check out and demo their exciting e-bikes.

Evo Cycle Works, also a local custom bike builder, will be at the Festival as well.  Owned by long time MORE member and supporter Vic Caldarola, EVO is all about affordable custom bicycles for the everyday rider.  


Friend of the Epic and pioneer of the route Pete Beers will participate in his 4th Epic this year (that's all of them).

First year he rode a rigid single speed, 2nd year was on a FS geared bike the day after doing a sub-5 hour Seagull Century on a fixie, and last year he did it on a rigid fixie. Oh, and all of them, he rode to the start from his home in Falls Church, and then rode back at the end of the day. That's 140 miles RT.

And those who know Pete know he'll find a way to top that this year! (photo (c) Chris Chatfield)

Mark Your Calendars

On Sept 18 and 19, we will be at the REI in Columbia and Rockville for a workshop about long distance riding, including the Epic. We will go over the right bike and gear choices, training, hydration and nutrition prior and during the event as well as recovery.  Watch our Facebook page for a link to the registration page soon.
MORE - Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts

Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit that represents thousands of area mountain bikers advocating for increased multi-user trail access and education about environmentally sound and socially responsible mountain biking.

Founded in 1992, MORE maintains more than 400 miles of natural-surface trails in 41 state and county parks throughout the region. MORE members contribute more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually and have constructed nearly 100 miles of new, sustainable trail. The club also leads hundreds of rides each year at local parks, ranging from beginner to advanced levels.    

If you are not already a MORE member, become one and you'll get a $15 discount when you sign up for the MoCo Epic.

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From the FAQ

Q: Will there be cut-off times?

A:Yes. 2:15 pm at Aid Station 6 (Riffle Ford Rd) and 4:30pm at Aid Station 8 (Riley's Lock), both for 100K+ riders.

For other rides, we reserve the right to ask any rider to bail out if at any time we feel they might not be able to make it back to the Soccerplex by sundown. 

Meet the Team

The MoCo Epic would not be what it is without the dedication of the team behind it. They work year-round on it.  Nothing would happen without them. Each edition of this newsletter will feature a different member of the team.

Name: Bob Caverly 

Favorite Bike:  

Access XCL (Performance house brand) 29er hardtail. Dream bike: Carbon Santa Cruz Tallboy
(size XL if anyone is feeling generous!)

Favorite Epic Trail:  All of them 

Favorite Distance: Any   

Favorite trail system outside the Epic: Douthat S.P. Brushy Hollow and Stony Run

MORE member since: 1998

What I like most about the Epic: Beer!!! No, riding! Actually the beer! and the riding!, but seriously - the people.

Anything else you want to tell MoCo Epic riders: "This event is such a success because of the amazing community of MTB riders and volunteers that come together to create it. Oh and Denis has a secret deal with the weather Gods to guarantee perfect riding conditions - 3 years of sun and 70's in October just can't be beat!"



About Us

- The MoCo Epic is a Z Adventures production under license from MORE.

- Z Adventures is independently owned and operated by long time MORE member and MORE sponsor Denis Chazelle.

* MoCo Epic is a registered trademark of Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE).