Many of us just ride because we enjoy it. I know I do, but I also try to prove myself occasionally. In England we have a ride called the South Downs Way. 100 miles of Offroad masochism, 10000ft of climbing and only 15 hours of daylight to do it in. I Did it in 94,95,96 and 97. Then in 99, just as I set myself up to do it again, Medical problems set in. However in 2003 I did it again. 12 hours of torture on a Tandem, and No, it is not easier with 4 legs riding. 2004 and I did it again, once again on the Tandem but this time in 11 hours.
I only train for this one ride a year, but when you realise that this involves out every weekend, Gym twice a week, a couple of century Road rides, and as many Metric centuries in as possible,you can see I take my training seriously. When you take into consideration that I am 57, have had a couple of serious medical problems, and no longer have the speed that I used to, you will realise why I have to train so hard. I am already in training for next Junes Ride, but it gets harder to drag myself out on those cold mornings.
What do the rest of you class as your "Epic" ride? I don't only mean for those of us that are a bit fitter than most, How about the lardies amongst us, or the ones that have just started riding, What are your aims for next year, or if you are fit, what rides do you do.