Post by: Jon Merritt.
One of the coolest things about mountain biking is the adventures that you get to experience. Enter the Patapsco Epic!
The Epic is a supported ride located in Marriottsville, MD with varying choices of mileage to complete. Epic isn’t a word that I take lightly, so the obvious choice had to be the 50 miler. Not to say that the 15, 25 and 35 mile rides weren’t tough, but to make it worth a trip down from NYC, it was ALL about the 50. All I can say is that it was well worth the trip!
This ride had everything. Long ridiculously steep climbs, rocks, roots, waist deep river crossings, hike-a-bikes, road rides through town, etc. You name it, and the Epic had it. It was a ride, not a race, so the best part was soaking it all in.
The 50 miler had a 7:00 am start. This was my first experience with a supported ride, and the Aid Stations were amazing! Everything from pancakes and sausage to clams were available. I chose to fuel with Cliff Bars, Cliff Shots and PB&J, but the pancakes and sausage hit the spot at Aid Station # 3. Which is ultimately what made me vote for Family Bike Shop as Aid Station of the day (not sure who won, but I may or may not have voted twice for the same shop).
We definitely had some screaming downhill sections, but for me, the highlight(s) of the day were the insane climbs. While there was a 30 foot section on Root Ball that was pretty impossible, the other climbs were a welcome challenge. There were some tough, really steep climbs that you felt instant gratification as soon as you reached the top. Thanks to the steady moderate pace the legs felt great as we climbed, climbed some more and yeah climbed some more. Elevator UP was the theme of the day!
Longest ride, longest pedal time, longest climb, highest total elevation, the list goes on and on…
This was truly an EPIC day for me.
Read more of Jon Merritt’s adventures on his blog.