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Not Every Ride Is An Epic Ride of Epicness


June 2014

You ever notice how the word “epic” became the word of the day to replace “nice”, “good” or “fun” or even “awesome”?

I have maybe, in my entire cycling history, been on four rides that I would call “awesome” but probably nobody else would… Nor could they be referred to as “epic” by anyone:

My first club ride, which was also my first non-solo ride, in a group of more than 30 cyclists. It was a huge leap going from 16 mile training rides at 20 mph to that, 33 miles at speeds up to 28 on flat roads.

My first ever rides in the mountains. Going from southeastern (flat) Michigan to real mountain roads, being happy with a six minute mile and then breaking the posted 45 mph speed limit on the way back was something I won’t ever forget.

My first sub five hour century (4:36) and having done the first 58 miles at a 23-1/2 mph average on open roads, obeying stop signs and lights.

My solo 200km ride at the Pere-Marquette rail trail. Awesome simply because I was still very much a noob and I swallowed my fear and muscled out 125 miles in the middle of nowhere, with no help and more than 100 miles from home.

Then there was today’s 100 km with six of my best cycling buds… It was, absolutely not epic. Not even close. We did it in maybe 3:10 and just had a really fun time. I didn’t leave any of the contents of my stomach on the road but we weren’t watching paint dry either. It was simply a great, fun, social ride. I absolutely loved it. 100km on a banana, one full water bottle and a half a bottle of Perpetuem laced H2O.

While I do love the speed, I’m coming to really enjoy the nice, steady friendly “not epically filled with epic epicness suffer-fests”.

What a fun time those are. 184 miles for the week, and more calories burned than you can shake a stick at. Life, and balance, is good. Cycle well my friends.


  1. PedalWORKS says:

    I have been on a lot of great rides. Great for many reasons. New scenery, longer distances, steeper and longer climbs and new friends. But I have been on a few “epic” rides, rides that are unusually memorable. The West Maui Loop was one of them. Perhaps the most scenic ride I have experienced. 100 km of stunning scenery in the best of weather conditions over a variety of terrain. And, it was made even better because I shared it with my son.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Yup, that’s be epic. Riding with my wife in the north Georgia and North Carolina mountains, her on a seven speed 52/42 12-23 cassette… That was pretty epic right there. I can see your point for sure.

  2. My 19 year old recently informed me that the word “epic” is so 2011. So maybe it’ll fade away from overuse?

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