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    MoCo Epic

    Who's riding? What distance? I'm doing the 65-miler myself.

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    I did the 110k last year, but decided I wanted to ride Seneca Ridge so I'm doing the 50 miler this year. Should be fun!

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    I'm sweeping the 50 and hope to ride at least 35 more if time permits.

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    Will be my first mocoepic. Doing the 35 miler

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky View Post
    I did the 110k last year, but decided I wanted to ride Seneca Ridge so I'm doing the 50 miler this year. Should be fun!
    The 65-miler doesn't ride the SRT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmoreKen View Post
    The 65-miler doesn't ride the SRT?
    Nope. The 65 goes south from Clopper lake to the C&O. The 50 miler rides the Seneca Ridge back from Clopper to the start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmoreKen View Post
    The 65-miler doesn't ride the SRT?
    I know, I'm bummed about that too. SRT is one of my favorite trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    I know, I'm bummed about that too. SRT is one of my favorite trails.
    Maybe I'll tack on bonus mileage, after the 65 take some roads to ride SRT back to Schaeffer just to catch some of that sweet flowy singletrack.

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    Let me know how that works out for you. After 65 miles, I suspect I'll be doing well to get off my bike under my own power.

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    I am doing the 55km (35 miler). It will be interesting as I will be returning from Vancouver the day before however I have trained pretty hard so I am confident that I'll have the strength.

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    35ers, how much and what food are you guys packing?


    I'm thinking a bananna, protein bar, some energy gummies, and a PB&J.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpjumpy View Post
    35ers, how much and what food are you guys packing?


    I'm thinking a bananna, protein bar, some energy gummies, and a PB&J.
    I'm doing the 50 and I'm not bringing anything. The aid stations are well spaced and well stocked; its honestly one of the best-supported rides I've ever done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky View Post
    I'm doing the 50 and I'm not bringing anything. The aid stations are well spaced and well stocked; its honestly one of the best-supported rides I've ever done.
    That's awesome. I've never done a supported ride before. What kind of grub can we expect on this one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky View Post
    I'm doing the 50 and I'm not bringing anything. The aid stations are well spaced and well stocked; its honestly one of the best-supported rides I've ever done.
    Always bring a few bars as backup! My experience last year was a bit different. I did the 45 and two of the aid stations had run out of food after the 65-milers went through. They said earlier riders came through and filled their pockets (must have been good, whatever they had). Hopefully this year they'll ration a little better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpjumpy View Post
    That's awesome. I've never done a supported ride before. What kind of grub can we expect on this one?
    In light of what Bmoreken said, I was through pretty early last year, so all the stations still had stuff. I swept the 50 the year before though and remember getting food at all the stations (and I was literally the last person through most of them).

    Stations had everything from gummi bears to sandwiches to home-made brownies to grilled bacon and pineapple. And obviously normal cycling staples like cliff bars and various goos and such.

    It can't hurt to bring extra food (especially if you have something specific you like to eat), but I don't think you need to bring a whole bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky View Post
    In light of what Bmoreken said, I was through pretty early last year, so all the stations still had stuff. I swept the 50 the year before though and remember getting food at all the stations (and I was literally the last person through most of them).

    Stations had everything from gummi bears to sandwiches to home-made brownies to grilled bacon and pineapple. And obviously normal cycling staples like cliff bars and various goos and such.

    It can't hurt to bring extra food (especially if you have something specific you like to eat), but I don't think you need to bring a whole bunch.
    Uh, that sounds f-ing awesome! 800+ riders this year, I heard. That's a lot of brownies.

    I am doing the 35 mile not-so Epic ride as my first taste of the MoCo. Looking forward to it.
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    I'm bringing two cliff bars and a few Gu's as emergency rations, and gatorade powder for my single water bottle. The aid stations are fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    The aid stations are fantastic.
    Seriously. I think last years epic was the first time I've done a nearly-70 mile MTB ride and gained weight while doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak View Post
    Uh, that sounds f-ing awesome! 800+ riders this year, I heard. That's a lot of brownies.

    I am doing the 35 mile not-so Epic ride as my first taste of the MoCo. Looking forward to it.
    It's actually closer to 40, which is "kinda" epic in my book. LOL.

    800 riders IS epic!

    Weather forecast is dry through Sunday, so the trails should be nice enough.

    Should be a great time!
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    Doing the 50, did 25 last year. Great event and sounds to be even better this year. I wholly agree on no need for any nutrition. I'll probably just bring water, might skip my usual gatorade in the frame bottle since the aid stations were so stacked. I was hammering gummi bears and cookies like mad.

    My problem is I can't decide if I should use my geared FS or the SS hardtail. The MORE guys at their tent at the jamboree said SS without question, which was my original intention. But that 50 mile number gets in my head. I'm worried I might be more comfortable in the long haul with the squish and low gears. I rode the FS last year on the 25. I'm sure I could SS it but there were a couple climbs and some mild roots that might get pretty old on a ride twice as long.

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    I put gears on my SS for just that reason. You're right, full squish is overkill for Montgomery County. If I was strong enough, I'd ride SS, but I'm a wuss.

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    I'll be riding my Mojo HD, same as last year. 160mm bike, totally necessary for MoCo.

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    Anyone have elevation numbers for the 50 mile route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon View Post
    Anyone have elevation numbers for the 50 mile route?
    Check out RidewithGPS. They have all four distances listed, with downloadable .GPXes and elevation profiles.

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    Going with the SS. This will either be a long day, or I'll end up feeling badass.

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    I think the elevation numbers really overstate it. Its not that hilly a course.

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    Last year, had a great time doing the 45 on a rigid SS. Was a good choice for all the smooth trails, and few on road climbs. Fantastic support, especially the Italian restaurant that had espresso & unreal sammy's.

    To do the SRT, am in for the 35. If you want to put a face to the moniker, shout out - I'm 6'3", orange helmet again on a rigid SS. Forecast is mid 70's & sunny - yay!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon View Post
    Going with the SS. This will either be a long day, or I'll end up feeling badass.
    I'll be right there with ya, mashing the climbs and spinning out on the flats. There are a few hills that will hurt but if you're on a SS you've got full right to get off and push

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    Can't believe I'm working today and I'm going to miss this. At least I got out there yesterday for a 12 miler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon View Post
    Going with the SS. This will either be a long day, or I'll end up feeling badass.
    Well it was a long day, AND I feel pretty badass for doing it with one gear. Started to take its toll the last 5-10 miles really badly, I was getting jealous of all the guys camping their grannies and big cogs, but they seemed pretty worn down too. Most of the ride the spinning in the flats and just sitting there like a lump on the paved downhills was the most annoying aspect of the SS. I think next year I'll either do gears on the 50 or 65, or do the 35 SS.

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    The Epic was incredible. I took a few falls, got a couple of good scrapes including one from the chain ring, and I broke my chain just before the Black Rock Mill rest stop on my way back. Luckily, a gentleman from Gili's Automotive was generous enough to replace it for me for free so that I could get my granny back.

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    I had a blast; put in 13+ hours yesterday. Assisted with parking, took pictures and swept a good bit of the 65. Thanks to Ze Diesel, MORE and all of the peeps who volunteered time to make it happen!

    How about adding a 100 miler next year?

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    Wow. That was fun. What a great event. Well-organized with great aid station provisions - tons of food/drink. Great group of guys/gals participating, as well.

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    I'm pretty happy with my results, too. This was my 2nd epic, 1st one I did the 25 miler, this year I went for the big ride. Start-to-finish time of almost exactly 8 hours, something like 7 hrs 20 actually on the bike. One of the highlights for me was watching my brother nab one of the challenge prizes for the super-techy uphill section at Little Bennet.

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    This was a great event. I did a lot of atoning on the trail for recent dietary and alcohol related sins. I contemplated suicide at mile 33. I managed not to fall. I rolled into the parking lot mostly dead but very satisfied. Hopefully I can make it back next year!
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    Yeah, I wanted it over at about mile 60, through the brand new, completely not-bedded-in Bluffs trail. For a trail that looks so simple and easy, it was pounding my sore a$$. But being so close to the end kept be (barely) pedaling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    Yeah, I wanted it over at about mile 60, through the brand new, completely not-bedded-in Bluffs trail. For a trail that looks so simple and easy, it was pounding my sore a$$. But being so close to the end kept be (barely) pedaling.
    That trail really finished me off at the end too. The endless bumps combined with my chain issues was a great crescendo to the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    Yeah, I wanted it over at about mile 60, through the brand new, completely not-bedded-in Bluffs trail. For a trail that looks so simple and easy, it was pounding my sore a$$. But being so close to the end kept be (barely) pedaling.
    If that was also "featured" in the 35 miler, then I remember that well. On the fixed gear, staying off the saddle was not an option. Mucho grande ass dolor, senior.
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    ^^Yes, all thanks to a couple of equines who did a mud ride last month. Hard to imagine that 600 + mtb's did not help smooth it out.
    Today my entire body hates their hooves.

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    I felt as if I had no front suspension by the time I got to the Bluffs trail, of course that was 60 miles into the event and I was already exhausted. I had ridden that trail about 2 months ago before it was officially open and it was pretty bumpy then as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin_W View Post
    ^^Yes, all thanks to a couple of equines who did a mud ride last month. Hard to imagine that 600 + mtb's did not help smooth it out.
    Today my entire body hates their hooves.

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    And then, of course, the hump up the hill from the Mill into Schaeffer. You single speeders, I salute you. I did it on my 1x9, 32-34, and it wouldn't have surprised me if tears were streaming down my face. I'm not sure, the pain kind of caused an out-of-body experience.

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    Few pics I took. Cell phone. Nothing special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    And then, of course, the hump up the hill from the Mill into Schaeffer. You single speeders, I salute you. I did it on my 1x9, 32-34, and it wouldn't have surprised me if tears were streaming down my face. I'm not sure, the pain kind of caused an out-of-body experience.
    That was nothing. Go to Patapsco or Gambrill or Michaux where they've got real hills.

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    That hill is not necessarily "epic", but having to climb it after riding over 60 miles was tough. I thought the climb up to the powerlines from AS6 pretty hard too.

    Quote Originally Posted by BmoreKen View Post
    That was nothing. Go to Patapsco or Gambrill or Michaux where they've got real hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtcallahan View Post
    That hill is not necessarily "epic", but having to climb it after riding over 60 miles was tough. I thought the climb up to the powerlines from AS6 pretty hard too.
    Exactly. I've ridden that hill dozens of times, just never when my legs were threatening to walk off the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    Exactly. I've ridden that hill dozens of times, just never when my legs were threatening to walk off the job.
    The lovely 24% incline at the beginning is enough to finish off a pair of tired legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by picassomoon View Post
    Few pics I took. Cell phone. Nothing special.
    I call BS on everyone tiptoeing across the creeks. I was like "RIDER BACK" and just plowed through. Eff that. (I did have an extra pair of socks just in case).

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    I call BS on everyone tiptoeing across the creeks. I was like "RIDER BACK" and just plowed through. Eff that. (I did have an extra pair of socks just in case).
    That one creek crossing with the guide rope is definitely rideable. I watched a guy right in front of me ride the whole thing, and then I tried but had to dab when my front slipped out on a rock. With one foot soaked I said eff it and sloshed the rest of the way across. Didn't take too long for my feet to dry. Wool socks.

    Then around mile 50 or so there was a kinda wide creek crossing that got deep on the far side. I was following some dude on a fixed gear who slipped out on the far bank, right in front of me, causing me to dab right in the deep spot.

    I still think without a doubt the best way to ride those trials is on a single speed. The best way to ride any trail is on a single speed, but especially Montgomery County trails. The road sections didn't bother me too much, only the C+O.

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