Mountain Bike Team Relay & Solo Challenge
July 27, 2019 – Hardwood Ski & Bike
A Great Event for Riding Friends!
The Epic 8 Hour Mountain Bike Relay is all about the camaraderie, sportsmanship and the gritty, hard-core enjoyment of riding with friends. The Epic 8 Hour relay is a personal and team challenge to complete as many laps as possible. Whether riding just for fun, or vying for a podium spot in your category, the Epic 8 Hour will be a memorable experience. Using Ontario’s premier Mountain Bike destinations and trails, the Epic 8 Hour promises the best in facilities, fun and varied courses, and support for riders.
Scroll down for tons more info ! even some cool videos at the bottom
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 $10.00 cash 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 400 registered get a custom Summer Epic 8 T-Shirt
• Each team member get a Souvenir Number Plate
• 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:
• Wednesday July 10 – 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 20 – Last chance registration to get Team Name on Customized Number Plate
• Wednesday, July 24– Final Entry deadline at midnight!
• Friday, July 26 – 4:00 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 27
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
2019 Summer Epic 8 Hour
How do I Enter? Register Now! Click Here
Team captains are to enter on-line for the Team. You should submit your entire team roster on your registration. If there are changes, please email us your new team rosters at least 3 days before the event to keep registration delays to a minimum on event site. In case of last minute emergency, you can still change your team rosters on site before the event. email: glenn “at” pulseracing.ca
NOTE: No Day-of Entry – FINAL Entry Deadline – Wednesday July 24 at midnight.
Corporate Teams – Special Corporate Team Pit Areas, Guided pre-rides, Lessons, and Bike Rentals all available to help you build a team of co-workers. email glenn “at” pulseracing.ca for more info.
Know someone who would like to join the day and help? Volunteer Sign Up – Click Here
Epic 8 Hour Categories
Solo – A personal challenge for one rider to complete as many laps as possible in 8 hours.
• categories: Male 39 & under / Male 40-49 / Male 50+ / SingleSpeed / Female
• entry fee: $97.50 *early entry $90.00 **super early entry $82.50
Note: There is a limit of 75 Solo riders.
2 Person Relay Team – Two riders alternate laps, tag team style, to complete as many laps as possible. Each rider must complete at least one lap
• categories: Open combined age 69 & under / Open combined age 70 -99 / Open combined age 100 & over / Female / Mixed 1M1F
• entry fee: $175.00 *early entry $160.00. **super early entry $145.00
3-4 Person Relay Team – A team of up to 4 riders alternate laps, relay style, to complete as many laps as possible in 8 hours. Each rider must complete at least one lap. Lap order may change at the team discretion. Team category is based on the total combined age of 4 riders (or 4 times the average age of 3 riders)
• categories: Open combined age 79 & under / Open combined age 80 – 119 / Open combined age 120 – 159 / Open combined age 160 – 199 / Open combined age 200 & over / All Female / Mixed 2M2F combined age 139 & under / Mixed 2M2F combined age 140 & over
• entry fee: $290.00 *early entry $260.00 **super early entry $230.00
5-6 Person Relay Team – A team of up to 6 riders alternate laps, relay style, to complete as many laps as possible in 8 hours. Each rider must complete at least one lap. Lap order may change at the team discretion.
• categories: Club/Team (representing bike club, team, etc.) / Corporate (representing business, office, corp., etc.)
• entry fee: $405.00 *early entry $360.00 **super early entry $315.00
Epic Kids – A fun 15 minute mini version of the adult event. Kids do multiple laps of short fun kids course. Fun prizes for all participants. No pre-registration required. Just enter on event day by 1:00 pm.
• categories: Open ages 10 yrs & under
• entry fee: $10.00 cash on event day, includes tax.
Minimum age for Solo riders is 16 yrs, minimum age for team riders 10 yrs.
*Early entry until July 10 at midnight. **Super Early Entry until March 26 at midnight
Package Pick Up
The team captain should show up early to pick up the race package for their teams on Friday or early Saturday.
You will pick up your number plates, souvenir and make sure all the team information we have is correct. This is a pretty simple process and it will be your job to pass out the number plates to the rest of your team mates. The event site isn’t huge so finding your team mates shouldn’t be a problem.
Waiver Check – Licence and Permits
Your entry fee includes all OCA licence and permit fees. We are trying to simplify the entire process, and continue to support the OCA athlete development programs.
Each rider must complete and sign the event waiver to receive a wrist band allowing them onto course. This process will be open until early afternoon and individual riders can go through this process at their own leisure, but they must get the wrist band before racing.
Print off this pdf waiver in advance, complete and sign. Bring Waiver with you to Registration to get wristband. Minors must have parent or legal guardian complete the waiver.
OCA Adult Waiver (pdf)
OCA Youth Waiver (pdf)
Mountain Biking is an active outdoor sport with inherent risks. OCA licence, citizen permit, or one-day permit does not insure the rider for any risks or injury. Always be sure to ride within your ability, and be aware that course conditions may change expectantly.
Team Captains Meeting
9:30am Saturday Morning
We’ll go over the “chip baton”, chip reader, and most of the rules and regulations at this time, and individual questions. This is a fun event and if you’ve done an Epic 8 Hour or Chico Racing 24 HR relay before, you know how the process goes, if you haven’t we’ll give you the simple version at 9:30 am.
2019 Epic 8 Hour Rules and Regulations – Click here for PDF
The parking and team area set up is expertly handled by the Team Hardwood Youth development program. They will be asking for a $5.00 per car donation on arrival. Their help is critical to an efficient and fair parking lot set-up, and with final clean-up at the end of the day.
The Epic 8 Hour course will be lightly marked and open for pre-riding as of Wednesday July 24. The course is open for pre-riding during regular Hardwood hours of operation. Regular trail fees apply. Group Discounts and 6 Packs available.
Discounted Trail Fees for Teams arriving Friday, once the race package has been picked up.
Suggested Accommodation – This is a prime holiday time so we suggest you make your accommodation bookings early!)
1. Horseshoe Resort is the Official Accommodation Partner of the Summer Epic 8 Hour. Rooms and Condos both available at special pricing. Bike and Pet friendly. Use booking code PULRACINC. Click Here for details.
2. Georgian Residence and Conference Center. see details here
3. See Ontario’s Lake Country for full listing of Accommodation options, places to visit, things to do, etc.
Epic 8 Hour contact:
Pulse Racing Inc. www.pulseracing.ca
4285 Forestwood Dr. Orillia, Ontario, L3V 6H3
email: glenn “at” pulseracing.ca