On my first Cycle Oregon week - in 2006 - it was cresting one of the really long monster climbs in the mountains. I was at the end of my physical rope and wondered "What the HELL am I out here doing?!" Then there it was - the "elevation" sign up ahead. It was an Epic Moment - the achievement had been reached. One of those realizations where you feel weak and humbled by just seeing a little sign, and then feeling totally invigorated.
Sometimes the Epic Moment are ones you could live without, like getting a sudden front flat tire from a goathead thorn on a recumbent high racer at 35MPH. That is Pants Wetting Epic. A moment like that is even more Epic when on the next day you hit a new top MPH on a blazing fast curvy mountain downhill - and visions of that darned goathead are right there on the brain.
Pulling off the road for a break and being witness to incredible scenery that takes your breath away - Epic. Especially when you think at that moment - "I would NEVER have seen this unless I was right here on Cycle Oregon." Truly Epic.
In anticipation of the upcoming weeks "Epic Moments" here are some from the past in no particular order.
|Leaning hard at 50+ .. then leaning more.. and more... and more...|
|Goathead thorn flatting your front tire at 35MPH and you stay upright.|
|Eastern Oregon sunrise over the road less travelled.|
|Rest stop on a cold AM with a hot fire.|
|Pausing on the climb to look waaaay down to see teensy-weensy cyclists methodically powering up on the road below.|
|Lunch with Jonathan Nicholas himself.|
|Friend hits cow in the road on his bike the day before (minor injuries) and forever earns the name "Cow Tipper"|
|Looooong downhills where you can let it roll.|
|Building crazy beer cup space needle architecture from the empty cups of you and your friends.|
Epic AM Headache.
|Low AM clouds riding deeper into the forest.|
|Hitting 7,392 feet elevation during the ride. (Day 1 started at near zero).|
Personal Epic Accomplishment.
|Scenery that takes your breath away|
|Cousin with healing knee riding Cycle Oregon 2008 on a hand cycle with zero previous miles on it.|