There will be blood
Dist. 60.4 km (Miranda), Time: 3:05, Speed: 19.5 k/hr, El: 334m
From the perspective of writing after the finish: everyone here is a legend, a couple of absolutes, a few dead-sets, but no wannabes. (Missing is Matt & photographer Mal).
Turning up this year: 10 riders (Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mark, Mal, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie), 3 part-time riders (Jonathan, Lyn, Matt), 2 support (Jill, Wendy). Introductions will proceed slowly depending on available photos. There are variable Garmin readings from the various day 1 starting locations and the abortive Penguin Island sojourn. The above stats are brought to us courtesy of Miranda (you can double-click the cycle maps each day, to get taken down the rabbit-hole of Strava data):
Actually, this year’s Epic organisation was also brought to us courtesy of Miranda. The departure proceeded calmly, lacking the usual angst, frisson and chaos as we passed through the somehow gentrified Perth suburbs.
“…I’m just a Suburban Boy, just a Suburban Boy
And I know what it’s like
To be rejected every night
And I’m sure it must be, easier for boys from the city”