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    Quote Originally Posted by freakybro View Post
    It's kinda like the old Groucho Marx line where he said he'd never be a member of any club that would have him as a member. As an old guy still riding, I figure any ride I can complete can't be epic, so that means it has to be singletrack longer than 28 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing (my current max).
    I'm the same as you. Epic to me is a ride I can never do. Therefore, any ride I can complete can't be epic.
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    Re: What is "Epic" to you?

    While I really like ^ this ^, I feel it misses the normal ride that turns into a classic cluster.

    Like Gilligan's 3 hour tour, an everyday event that becomes plagued with setbacks. Flats, injury, getting lost, h-a-b's, running out of food & water, or losing the keys to the shuttle vehicle.

    IMHO - These are the rides that become engrained, and get retold most around the campfire. Hardship, overrides "epic-ness", and usually makes for the most memorable adventures.

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    Rapha??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
    Rapha??
    tapa(talk) is a phone app.
    The best is the one you want to ride most often..

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    An epic ride is a ride in which everything that can go wrong, does at the exact same time that everything that can go right, goes right:
    Example:

    Begin riding. Love life.
    Endo into a pile of rocks after missing a switchback.
    Get back up. Laugh it off. Keep riding...clean something that you thought was impossible. Love life. Take your eyes off the trail for just a moment...hit a tree, nearly fall off a cliff trying to regain control of your body, break a chain link.
    Turns out you don't have that spare chain link...you gave your last one away and forgot to replace it.
    Start walking. A mile in, realize that your partner does have a chain link in a hidden pocket you both had forgotten about.
    Fix it. Start riding again.
    Jump off many things. Smile.
    That ride was amazing. You can't stop smiling.
    That was epic.

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    11 day
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    1 tent
    several cases of beer
    one shower stop
    Sedona, gooseberry, moab, Fruita on the menu
    If we pull it off i would count it as an epic trip.
    Most of the time i hear epic i count is something cool.

    Some people will live their lives without ever doing a single epic thing. Other people are doing epic things on a weekly basis.
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    My idea of what is epic has changed considerably since I started mountain biking. Probably because I am blessed to live in such a great area for it. People come here for epic rides and I just consider it part of my every day. (I live in Western NC about 15-30 minutes from all the great riding in Pisgah) So what I considered epic when I started although is still fun and exciting is no longer new.

    That being said, epic would be something different to everyone but I think this statement sums it up the best.

    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    Something that creates a lifelong memory, big enough that you talk about it later. Preferably a positive one.
    That being said, I find seeing the same spark in somebody else's eyes that was in my eyes the first time they see a new trail, I find that pretty epic. Also when I see a new mountain biker with the same excitement that I had when I first got my bike, that is pretty epic. Also when I see a kid hit a new jump or clear a new feature for the first time and get excited about it, that is extremely epic.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Mine is likely an odd definition, but probably overlaps well.

    Any ride that involves stopping for food/water where everybody is dusty/muddy exhausted, and smiling without giving a crap is in for consideration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehllama View Post
    Any ride that involves stopping for food/water where everybody is dusty/muddy exhausted, and smiling without giving a crap is in for consideration.
    That is pretty much every ride for me. lol
    Food, water and sometimes a trail beer carried with since stopping someplace is not an option. Then additional food and beer afterwards.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I just realized that when "epic" is preceded by "dude", it isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    I just realized that when "epic" is preceded by "dude", it isn't.
    Same thing if the word "Yo" is in the sentence anywhere.
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