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    PV-EPIC#2: Wendell-Leverett-Montague-The Rugged Epic

    SEPTEMBER 21st (Sunday) 8:30 start time from Montague Center in MA (check with me for exact start location).

    Well the ridge Epic went really well and now we're up to our second installment of the PV-NEMBA Epic ride series.

    This ride will feature decidely more advanced terrain than the Ridge Epic, and though it will be a little shorter I suspect mile-wise, it will probably be harder as well. That being said, like the ridge epic, many will be surprised at the plentiful singletrack and top=flight longer distance riding available to intrepid riders in this area. We'll hit all the Wendell classics (Nipmuck and The Hannah), some of the great long trails of the area, some forgotten trailways. Ride begins with a big climb but end with an equally big descent! All in all we'll be serving up a really solid 7 hours or so of riding.

    There will be two fuel and fluid stops but riders should bring everything the need with them on the ride.

    Mountain biking Pro-Legend Todd Finetto is coming as well.

    Oh, There will be a BBQ with beverages of the adult type to follow the ride.

    Who should come? Stronger riders who can handle a long day in the saddle at a steady-moderate pace (won't be a race.)-if you want a better description just email me.

    If you're thinking of coming-well, email me about that as well.

    See ya!

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    sounds good . That guy (todd finetto) is awesome, he is the whole reason i am coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fasterthanliam
    sounds good . That guy (todd finetto) is awesome, he is the whole reason i am coming.




    -Oh-I got out and took a little recon' spin around Greater Wendell-Even I, who've been away from my home woods for awhile, forget how awesome the trails are there-tell you all what-I rode the Hannah Swarton-Mormon Hollow loop today-those trails are an Epic ride in and of themselves, but think, they're about a tenth of the Epic! Hope to see you all there!

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    Could this be-it looks like the weather gods might just smile on us a second time as a ridge of High pressure Fall loveliness is setting up shop for the long term here in western, MA-Put it on you calendars folks-

    Ride begins at 8:30 in Montague-exact address:

    443 Turners falls RD
    Montague, MA 01351

    See ya there intrepid riders!

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    I have to admit, as a MASS board lurker (I'll be moving back to mass sometime in the next year +/-) I'm stoked to see rumblings of endurance / epic rides- and these events. I'm curiuos, are you connecting different areas via roads - dirt or paved, or are the routes all off-road/ 2-track / single track? Being spoiled by vast western USA expanses of outdoor goodness, I'm intrigued at the epic(s) potential back east!

    When I do land back 'home' - you'll hear a lot more from me - and likely see me at any and all endurance/epic races/rides.

    The NMES - the NM Endurance Series - really took off recently. It's an informal grassroots set up like you're doing, and well attended. The backyard route for me was the 'SFBFL' - a giant, 75 mile, 12k foot climbing 9 hour day on huge, epic terrain. Best part? It started and finished at a local brew pub!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    I have to admit, as a MASS board lurker (I'll be moving back to mass sometime in the next year +/-) I'm stoked to see rumblings of endurance / epic rides- and these events. I'm curiuos, are you connecting different areas via roads - dirt or paved, or are the routes all off-road/ 2-track / single track? Being spoiled by vast western USA expanses of outdoor goodness, I'm intrigued at the epic(s) potential back east!

    When I do land back 'home' - you'll hear a lot more from me - and likely see me at any and all endurance/epic races/rides.

    The NMES - the NM Endurance Series - really took off recently. It's an informal grassroots set up like you're doing, and well attended. The backyard route for me was the 'SFBFL' - a giant, 75 mile, 12k foot climbing 9 hour day on huge, epic terrain. Best part? It started and finished at a local brew pub!

    One needs to do more leg work to make MASS Epics. one thing to remember is that milage is just different back east. Since they do not have the massive elevation changes the "work" needed for a given distance can make the east coast rides seem "short". mainly (IMO) one does not get free miles (endless DH).

    I was able to put together my backyard epic in Andover, MA. with minimal road. 40 miles + was very easy to put together. I did have to ride in a few slowlying dieing trails to make it happen. but that ride took me 6+ hours. If one had more time to explore a mosnter ride on the "northshore" could be had, but it would be a patchwork (but worth it) techical dream.

    but if one puts in time to expolre there are lots of potenial for long rides in the east. NH has the Bear Brook to (why can't I remember anymore) and back that would have lots of miles. Just remember there is no riding in the White Mountains (hi Rob).

    western Mass and southern VT have huge potetial, but at least in trems of publicized trails....a lacking. I'm certain somthing major could be uncovered near Mt. Snow.

    you could create a big ride in southern ME. but one can't talk about that place on this message board. =)

    you'll find ways to evolve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fasterthanliam
    sounds good . That guy (todd finetto) is awesome, he is the whole reason i am coming.
    I heard he's a D-bag & is going to drop everyone on the rde (if he actually shows up).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIke N Gear
    I heard he's a D-bag & is going to drop everyone on the rde (if he actually shows up).



    Yeah-he did not show up so I rented a blue Pick-up and an orange twenty-niner and buzzed everyone's wheels

    g, this was a ride you would have loved...7 plus hours of dirty goodness!!!

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    Hey Thanks to everyone who came out on the ride!!

    We had (including the two lunch time add-ons) 27 strong to uber-strong riders come out and terrorize the trails of greater wendell. Final mileage was just about 35 miles of very hilly, and often times very technical singletrack, and rugged double track. The weather was certainly beautiful-good riding and good folks! I like this sport!

    Liam

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    Good info Brian - and good point about the long DH miles that are part of some of the bigger western US epics... I am intrigued by long rides on terrain like I remember in Central ME and in Northern NJ/NY - rocky, demanding, and few reprieves! Very different than climbing for four hours and BOMBING down for 1 - 1.5 hours...

    Evolution indeed.

    Plus, I admit - I see a TON of awesome epic (dare I admit it here?) road rides too.

    (ducks for cover!)

    glen

    Quote Originally Posted by brianc
    One needs to do more leg work to make MASS Epics. one thing to remember is that milage is just different back east. Since they do not have the massive elevation changes the "work" needed for a given distance can make the east coast rides seem "short". mainly (IMO) one does not get free miles (endless DH).

    I was able to put together my backyard epic in Andover, MA. with minimal road. 40 miles + was very easy to put together. I did have to ride in a few slowlying dieing trails to make it happen. but that ride took me 6+ hours. If one had more time to explore a mosnter ride on the "northshore" could be had, but it would be a patchwork (but worth it) techical dream.

    but if one puts in time to expolre there are lots of potenial for long rides in the east. NH has the Bear Brook to (why can't I remember anymore) and back that would have lots of miles. Just remember there is no riding in the White Mountains (hi Rob).

    western Mass and southern VT have huge potetial, but at least in trems of publicized trails....a lacking. I'm certain somthing major could be uncovered near Mt. Snow.

    you could create a big ride in southern ME. but one can't talk about that place on this message board. =)

    you'll find ways to evolve.
    "It's better to regret something you HAVE done, than something you haven't..." -

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    when you move, let me know and I'll hook you up with a good friend in MA that will show you the epic goods. (MTB and Roadie)

    you actually know this cat (from mtbr), but he likes causing trouble in the NH, VT, ME board.
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    he was there . so fast that he was done before everybody left the parking lot. he was at white castle and told me so i believe him. think he is fast on the bike you should see him eat sliders. last i heard he was heading back to nj for some hard trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fasterthanliam
    he was there . so fast that he was done before everybody left the parking lot. he was at white castle and told me so i believe him. think he is fast on the bike you should see him eat sliders. last i heard he was heading back to nj for some hard trails.

    If nothing else-I missed you being there,




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    Dude, let me know when you are north bound-we'll get a good ride in somewhere!

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    Do rides like this still happen. I went to UMASS years ago, and miss riding in that area. would love to come out for a nice big fat long epic ride ...

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    you bet they do-the PV NEMBA runs a three part epic ride series in sept-oct, and there is the JJMR in Petersham in SEpt. There is the PV-Mere Mortal Epic ride (and eating contest)-and there is a plan afoot for 100 mile epic Mountain ride in the Pioneer Valley this season.

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    Not sure the 100 miler is gonna happen this year, but we've got routes for it, so it could conceivably happen at any time. Sheeut, I'd give it a go if anyone else wants to during the last weekend in July.

    The b street/earl's epic was too easy last year, so I'm conjuring up a new route that might be about 50 miles. More suffering is more better.

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    Next summer I'm thinking of adding a Hilltown piece to the mix. I'm guessing there are at least a couple HC climbs in that one. And a couple dandy downhill runs!

    Might have to find some old hunter's trails to link everything together between now and them.
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