The Skyway Epic is an endurance mountain bike race in the Talledega National Forest in Alabama. The 300-miler will be a semi-self-supported bikepacking race…


Date: September 19

Time: 7:00 am


Event Website


Talladega National Forest

Boat Dock Ln
Sylacauga, AL 35150 United States

The race will have THREE options-60/100/300 miles long and feature enough climbing to satisfy a mountain goat, enough rolling forest service road to satisfy a roadie, enough crazy descending to scare the timid and satisfy the unstable. The race will begin and end on some of the finest flowy, grin-enducing singletrack in the southeast via the Sylaward trail.

The format for the 300 will be fully self-supported and will cover the Sylward Trail, the Skyway, plenty of gravel and some asphalt.

  • The long race will begin at 7am.
  • The long race will span multiple days.
  • The race clock starts when the gun sounds and stops when you cross the finish line.
  • The race will be self-supported.
  • No drops are allowed for food/water/repair supplies, etc.
  • You will need to filter or treat water.
  • No outside assistance is allowed for anything – you must be self sufficiant.
  • You must either provide a spot tracker or rent one from

The route

The race route is based on the Alabama Skyway, a 123 mile bikepacking route connecting the TNGA to Flagg Mountain, the southern terminus of the Pinhoti Trail and the last stage of the Southern Highlands Traverse. The Skyway is a southern red dirt road bikepacking route crossing the Talladega National Forest and winding through rugged pine forests, shady gaps, and along ridge tops that offer panoramic views of the Alabama countryside.