COURSE INFO

THE EPIC is a 6-day mountain bike race held in and around the backcountry surrounding Breckenridge, CO. Each stage begins and ends in town, allowing racers to stay in one place for the entire event.

In general, the race is 220-240 miles long and ‘features’ roughly 40,000′ feet of vertical gain (and loss!) Courses get tweaked from year to year as new trails get built, decommissioned or authorized.

COURSE INFO

The 2019 courses are VERY similar to 2018. Minus 2018’s rain-shortened Stage 1, of course. In general, we’ve added a bit of new trail and terrain each year. Click the link below to access GPX files, lo-res maps, high-res maps, some big-ass maps and written course descriptions.

Clear expectations help get out in front of anxiety, so file what we’re about to say under that heading; this race takes place on our public lands, the face of which is ever changing. Some of those changes happen on the fly at the request of our permitting partners. Others happen simply to keep you safe and mitigate risk. Will the courses be EXACTLY as conveyed in the GPX files? Well, mostly. What we CAN guarantee is that they’ll be well within a very narrow margin of error each day and that they’ll be marked up like a frat boy passed out next to a bowl of Sharpies.

2019 STAGE ORDER AND GPS TRACKS (Date/Stage/Start/Finish/APPROX distance/elevation). 

  1. Aug 11: Stage 1 – Pennsylvania Creek  (Ice Rink/Carter Park) – 36.4 miles/58.6km, 5700’/1737m
  2. Aug 12: Stage 2 – Colorado Trail (Lower Washington/B&B Lot) – 41.4 miles/66.6km(!), 6565’/2001m
  3. Aug 13: Stage 3 – Guyot (Lower Washington/B&B Lot) – 39.2 miles/63km, 7100’/2164m
  4. Aug 14: Stage 4 – Aqueduct (Lower Washington/B&B Lot) – 41.2 miles/66.3, 6473’/1972m
  5. Aug 15: Stage 5 – Wheeler (Beaver Run Parking Lot/Peaks TH) – 24.00 miles/38.6km, 5227’/1593m
  6. Aug 16: Stage 6 – Gold Dust (Ice Rink/Ice Rink) 29.3 miles/47.2, 3740’/1139m
  7. Stage 7 is also on Friday. Bring your drinkin’ hat, your dancin’ shoes, some personal sanitizer and your stunt liver.

 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES for non-racers

The race uses a modest amount of the local network each day and is done by 2pm. Here are a few alternative routes for those who wish to avoid the race:

  1. Aug 11: Stage 1 – Pennsylvania Creek  (Ice Rink/Carter Park) – suggested alternative routes: Wheeler, McCullough Gulch, Peaks Trail, Colorado Trail, Flume Trails, Blue River Trail (after 10am), Keystone, Copper, Breck Ski Area, Burro Trail, Spruce Creek, B&B, Turks, Gold Dust
  2. Aug 12: Stage 2 – Colorado Trail (Lower Washington/B&B Lot) – suggested alternative routes: Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wheeler, McCullough Gulch, Peaks Trail, Blue River Trail, Keystone, Copper, Breck Ski Area, Burro Trail, Spruce Creek, Gold Dust, Baker’s Tank, Little French, Georgia Pass, French Pass
  3. Aug 13: Stage 3 – Guyot (Lower Washington/B&B Lot) – suggested alternative routes: Colorado Trail, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wheeler, McCullough Gulch, Peaks Trail, Blue River Trail, Keystone, Copper, Breck Ski Area, Burro Trail, Spruce Creek, Flume Trails, Gold Dust, Baker’s Tank
  4. Aug 14: Stage 4 – Aqueduct (Lower Washington/B&B Lot) – suggested alternative routes: Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wheeler, McCullough Gulch, Peaks Trail, Blue River Trail, Keystone, Copper, Breck Ski Area, Burro Trail, Spruce Creek, Flume Trails, Little French, Georgia Pass, French Pass
  5. Aug 15: Stage 5 – Wheeler (Beaver Run Parking Lot/Peaks TH) – suggested alternative routes: Colorado Trail, Indiana, Pennsylvania, McCullough Gulch, Peaks Trail, Blue River Trail, Keystone, Copper, Breck Ski Area, Spruce Creek, Flume Trails, Little French, Georgia Pass, French Pass, Gold Dust
  6. Aug 16: Stage 6 – Gold Dust (Ice Rink/Ice Rink) – suggested alternative routes: Colorado Trail, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wheeler, McCullough Gulch, Peaks Trail, Keystone, Copper, Breck Ski Area, Burro Trail, Spruce Creek, Flume Trails, Little French, Georgia Pass, French Pass