“…tagging a ride with ‘epic’ means that within yourself, you’ve established some intrinsic value to that ride and in a year’s time or even for decades, you can close your eyes and re-live that memory”
You always think about it after a big ride with friends and you hit the stop/finish button on Strava. There, you need to name the ride – should I add ‘Epic’ to the ride then post to Facebook? Just as my mind was settling down on a Coast MTB tangent blog entry, my friend Cooper Quinn rattles off a great post on “Defining Epic” http://nsmb.com/defining-epic/ . Go ahead and click the link, its worth the read and a good segue-way to my tangent.
I had a great ride with a group of friends the other day. I heard the words ‘that was Epic’. I was thinking ‘umm, no it wasn’t’, it was only 38km and 3 1/2 hours of riding. Hell, I didn’t even think that the Test of Metal (68km, 5 hours of riding) was even close to being ‘Epic’, but I bet the ‘Epic’ word was being used more often than a empty beer cup after the first pint after the Test was over. So what defines ‘Epic’? Your fitness? Placing well in a race? Did you suffer to get there? I’m sure I would get full agreement that your physical and mental well-being must be tested. Perhaps bonking or really spending time in the basement, dwelling in a dark corner of the room and wishing for this f’in ride to end may be the threshold when to add ‘Epic’ to the ride name or not? Or, maybe you were just floating along in riding in new area, new trails and just riding where ever the trails will take you.
What about the 7 day stage race of BC Bike Race? Is every day an ‘Epic’ or is it the journey of training for it over the last 6 months, travelling to BC and riding some of the best singletrack trails that the WORLD has to offer? After finishing BCBR, I think that ‘Epic’ could apply here to describe one’s journey after crossing that finish line on the last stage. I’ve come to the conclusion that tagging a ride with ‘Epic’ means that within yourself, you’ve established some intrinsic value on that ride and in a year’s time or even for decades, you can close your eyes and re-live that memory.
Will I remember that great ride with friends the other day? Probably not, as it was my day-in, day-out trails that I always ride and really I didn’t suffer too much. In fact, I had a couple of more hours left of riding in me! Will my friends from England remember the ride? YOU BET! And they did add the ‘Epic’ word into their Strava ride. The Sunshine Coast MTB trails will have that affect on people with its over 300km of singletrack trails that one could spend a good week here and never ride every trail.
Well, I’ve used the word ‘Epic’ 12 times in this article to prove a point (mostly in jest) that we misuse the term in ‘Epic’ proportions. What you won’t find is the E-word in my Strava ride name unless it’s deservedly so, knowing that I’ve truly suffered, ridden trails that most the world’s MTB’ers would give their left nut to experience and I can re-live the moments anytime I want. Thanks Coop for getting this Epic conversation started!