Planning for the Womble Epic ride

By Josh  //  cycling, MTB, Trips  //  2 Comments

I’m planning another IMBA Epic ride. The trail is called the Womble Trial. Apparently a Womble is the Midwestern equivalent of Sasquatch, which adds another element of fear to an already treacherous route.

This time however, I’m going to have my brother in tow, which should make it epic on many more levels. I’m excited, enthralled, elated even with the prospect of running through all 38 miles in one day. If successful, It will be the longest singletrack distance I’ve ever accomplished. 24 miles on the Berryman Epic was my previously longest distance, and it was intense, pushed me to my limits even. I was fighting daylight, shortage of water, and Missouri (aka misery) summer heat on that ride, so I think the increase in mileage can be completed with pacing, spring temps, and a SteriPEN to clean creek water.

Here’s is the route as ridden by someone else:

Note: It’s fairly difficult to GPS data on the trail, despite it’s being famous.

The Plan

AS of now the plan is for Jon (said brother) and I to take off on a Friday, drive to (and stay at) the Highway 27 Fishing Village which is located at what would be the end of the route. It’s as close to equidistant for the two of us, which is one of the reasons that Womble seemed like a good choice for the trip. We’d get a shuttle to run us out to the start point, and then ride flawlessly and without event (yeah right) ending at the village.

If we’re feeling up to it and want to take an extra day off work, there’s a skills course and trail that’s about an hour away from camp to play on. Updates and more planning coming later.

Map & Images of Prospective Route

Links For Reference & Planning

  • IMBA Womble Page
  • BTtrails Womble Page
  • Trimble Outdoors Womble Page
  • Dirt Rag Magazine review of Womble Trail
  • Great Blog Post On Womble Ride
  • 2 Comments to “Planning for the Womble Epic ride”

    • Fantastic site. Plenty of useful info here. I am sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your sweat!

    • Pleasure’s mine!

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