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What is an "epic ride" to you?

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  1. toodles

    toodles Turbo Monkey

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    It doesn't matter what distance the ride is - its the events and the trail that make a ride epic. I've done 5 hour rides that were boring as hell, and 25 - 60 minute descents that tested every part of your bike and body and left you relieved to be back on flat ground. My first lap down Mount 7, runs in the pouring rain in Queenstown, even a dusktime run from Garbanzo for an Australian on his first trip to Canada. All not that significant distance wise, but certainly epic. My favourite "epic" ride last year - Top of the World into Ride don't Slide into Creekside pub for beers and burger before slugging a DH bike back along the highway to Whistler.
     
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  2. valve bouncer

    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    Surely has to involve at some point thinking "how the fuck am I going to get back to the car now?"
     
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  3. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    That's a pretty good indicator...
     
  4. JohnE

    JohnE filthy rascist

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  5. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    Any ride I get back to my truck.
     
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    cecil Turbo Monkey

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    I think this might be

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  7. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    This could be fun...

     
  8. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    This one was sorta the "warmup" for that one above:

     
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    Banshee Rider Turbo Monkey

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    This.

    I rode an alpine valley down this Col in France last summer. A mix of cow trail, farm road, waist deep water crossings, and "free riding" in the general direction I knew I needed to go. I'd be surprised if it was much more than 8 miles.



     
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  10. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    For me, it's starting before the sun comes up and has a combination of the following:

    -smiling and screaming like a girl because of hero dirt
    -regret going at the half-way
    -stupid tired at the end
    -no mechanicals
    -second wind at the 3/4

     
  11. Full Trucker

    Full Trucker Frikkin newb!!!

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    This post is relevant to my interests.


    Oh yeah hey, I'm going to Moab this month. I should invite you.
     
  12. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You woulda liked this ride.
     
  13. rockofullr

    rockofullr confused

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    If you pack TP with the intention of using it, you might be on an epic ride.
     
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  14. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I prefer baby wipes on epics. Can stave off swamp-ass as well as taking care of the TP function.
     
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    Epic road ride?



    Stupid decisions, hiking, running out of water.
     
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    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    Full Trucker Frikkin newb!!!

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    6thElement Schrodinger's Immigrant

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    In case you didn't know, he died a few years back. I used to love seeing his new photos.

    Don't think I'd read that Fruita recap before, thanks.
     
  19. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I love that story. "The Mud of the Niebelungen" :rofl:
     
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    jdcamb Tool Time!

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    7 hours 11 miles. I was on fire.
     
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    stevew unique white person

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    not masters of their domain.....
     
  23. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Says the guy that doesn't ride bikes?

    :think:
     
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    i treat it like fight club....
     
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  26. JohnE

    JohnE filthy rascist

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    I've decided my next epic ride will be what could be the ultimate loop using the jeep/service roads behind the local schools here. Used a good section of it for my Make-A-Wish race back in 2000, and I've just now (ok, I'm ssslllooowwww) put together a few more sections to it that should add up to about 10-11 miles, lots of sand/rocks, updownupdownupdownrepeated, no resting unless the sections are flat, and after I give it a try, would really enjoy putting on a 8/12/24hr/sundowntosunup event using it.

    Any one in the area that wants to give it a try with me?????
     
  28. eric strt6

    eric strt6 Resident Curmudgeon

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  29. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    That dude you got me to tour around Seymour said you like to walk up miserable climbs for hours, the roll down boring descents.

    Nice scenery though, I bet !
     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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