Bike Fest FAQs
What are the dates for 2018?
Presidents’ Day Weekend: February 15, 16 & 17, 2018.
When is pre-registration for 2018 open?
Pre-registration for 2018 opened on December 7, 2017 at 6PM and all 500 slots were filled by Jan 3, 2018. Visit bikereg.com to add your name to the waiting list.
Is there a cap on the numbers of riders?
Yes. We reached our cap of 500 on January 3, 2018.
Why is there a cap on the number of riders?
The Big Bend area and its trail systems are delicate environments; which can be damaged by over-use. As responsible land-users we need to mediate that damage. The Big Bend area also has a limited amount of resources available to visitors, and we want to be good neighbours. Keeping that impact down to a dull roar is an important part of being good community members. At 500 riders we have maxed out our local emergency services, as well.
There are lots of other great times to visit the area, so don’t be too sad if you missed the cap this year.
Will I be able to register at the event?
Now that the event is FULL, there will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.
Will you take credit cards?
Yes. When you pre-register online with bikereg.com you can use VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. And we will take all major credit cards for merchandise at Event HQ.
What will my Registration wristband get me?
Registration gives you access to both the Lajitas Trails and the Big Bend Ranch State Park trail systems for three days. It allows you to join in any and all of the Bike Fest Rides. It allows you to take out Demo Bikes. A wristband also gets you into the Beer Socials after each day’s ride. Great local service providers often honour your wristbands with cool discounts as well. As that all firms up for 2018 our Sponsors page will have lots of pertinent info.
When is the race?
This is not a race … just all the fun that goes with it! Fun Rides. Fun Afternoons. Fun Evenings. Fun EPIC riding! And the dates are February 16, 17 & 18, 2017.
Directions and Logistics
Where is this amazing event being held?
We’ll be riding all over the wider Big Bend area, (National Park, State Park and Lajitas) but once again we’ll be basing operations out of the Maverick Ranch RV Park that is part of the Lajitas Golf Resort.
Do I need a passport to attend this event?
Not if you are a U.S. Cititzen. The Electronic Checkpoint is open at Boquillas (Wednesday through Sunday, 9am – 5pm) and folks can scan their passport and travel over into Mexico… so if you’d like to do that (maybe after the Old Ore Road Ride on Thursday?) make sure you bring your passport.
Where is the Maverick Ranch RV Park?
Just north of Lajitas off Hwy 170. See this Google map.
What is the water situation at the RV Park and on the trails?
There will be some support and emergency refill water available trailside in one or two locations in the State Park on Saturday and on the Lajitas Property on Friday. There is utility water at the RV Park for people that are staying there. Folks should bring their own supplies of drinking water and more can be purchased at the Lajitas Store just outside the entrance to the RV Park.
Is accommodation/camping included with my Ride Pass?
No. Not at all.
Where can I reserve my camping/RV Space?
Call the front desk at Lajitas Resort for best results. 1-877-LAJITAS and tell them that your are attending the Bike Fest. Check out our Lajitas Partner Page for more info. Lajitas Resort SOLD OUT quickly for 2017 and is already booking fast for 2018. For more options check out our Local Information page on the Desert Sports website.
Where can I reserve my hotel rooms?
Call the front desk at Lajitas Resort for best results. 1-877-LAJITAS and tell them that your are attending the Bike Fest. Check out our Lajitas Partner Page for more info. Lajitas Resort SOLD OUT early for 2017, but is taking bookings for 2018.
Will t-shirts be available for sale at the event?
Yes. They will be on sale with pre-registration, and then there are a limited number left to sell at the event. The best way to ensure that there is a shirt there waiting for you in your size is to pre-order one with your pre-registration.
Are maps of the courses available?
There are good maps available through the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Also, an adventurous local rider, Alex Bowling, has posted some of the routes he has ridden in the past. You can check them out here:
2013 IMBA EPIC Fresno/Sauceda Route
Lajitas Trails Inner loop
Big Bend Ranch State Park Dome Loop with Extra Chimney Rock Trail
Lajitas Trails Outer Loop
Also MTBproject has some great information and maps of the Fresno/Sauceda EPIC as well as some other local trails. You can look at a printable copy of the EPIC map
Questions not answered?
Then there's only one thing to do:
Please email us here at Desert Sports and we will try to answer all your questions.