So Pinkbike is doing “Video of the Year” competition and I’ve just been viewing and voting for my favorite video. Most videos are of riding down fast, or of flips and shit. I AM in awe of these riders and of their stunning video photography. The efforts that riders and their photographers do are amazing. I came across one video that really almost defines “Epic” – “Into Thin Air” posted on Pinkbike.com – http://www.pinkbike.com/video/228500/
” I read in a magazine “The word “”epic”” is defined as a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation. In the mountain bike dictionary, the word steals “”the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures”” and adds “”while on a 30 – 50 mile mountain bike ride””. Epic rides were the reason mountain bikes were invented and still many may represent the strongestargument for thier existance.
Now, if you look at an epic simply in terms of mileage or time in the saddle, you are missing the point. sure, you could ride four 10 mile loops to accomplish an epic-length ride, but mileage alone does not make it epic. it is riding deep into the back country that truly defines an epic ride. riding to a location in one day that few hikers could make in two days is a reward that will last far longer than the memory of your tired legs or sunburned arms.” And I think this video couldnt get anymore epic!… “