MoCo Epic is this weekend, Oct. 12 and 13! Now a two-day festival built around four rides on great trails in Montgomery County Parks, is the premier mountain bike event of its kind in the region. The event is a fundraiser for the Mid-Atlantic Offroad Enthusiasts, which represents area mountain bikers and maintains regional trails. Rides and events include a 25-mile, three-park ride; a 35-mile five-park ride; a 50-mile eight-park ride; a 65-mile, 11-park ride, kids’ activites (a ride, bike rodeo, and pump track); a two-day festival with demo bikes, clinics, and a carbo-loading dinner; a post-ride party sponsored by Dogfish Head Alehouse. More than 80 percent of the rides’ mileage (and around 90 percent of your riding time) will be on singletrack, and you’ll have no idea that you are in the middle of a major metropolitan area. All rides start at the Germantown Soccerplex, across from the Schaeffer Farm mountain bike trail system. More than 600 people are already signed up, The ride is in its fourth year and has allowed MORE to, in the last three years, build an additional 12 miles of singletrack trail on the MoCo Epic loop and improve many more trails. Ranked as one of just 50 official IMBA Epics (on many mountain bikers’ unofficial bucket lists!), MoCo Epic attracts mountain-bike pros like Chris Eatough and Jordan Kahelnberg. Some participants come from as far away as New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, Indiana, Florida, New York, Connecticut, the Dominican Republic, and Afghanistan. Register here. If you can’t ride, attend MoCo Epic anyway (though you still need to register) or volunteer! Like MoCo Epic on Facebook and follow on Twitter. More information here.