EPIC ride sets new world record

Epic Ride Michigan

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In Michigan, eight men traveled 367.6 miles in 15 hours and 56 minutes setting a new World Ultra Cycling Record Up Michigan.

The EPIC ride event done by Jon Ornee and seven others traveled from the Indiana/Michigan border to the welcome center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in the team time trial.

Ornee is a self-described jack-of-all-trades and master of none who was hit by a car last year while training on his bike.

He has set records in both swimming and riding in and around Michigan and views his accident as a second chance at life. He loved this challenge.

According to the Facebook page for the event, the team set out at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, September 20, 2020.

They overcame broken spokes, chains falling off and cold temperatures to accomplish the feat.

Doing the attempt in the tag-team fashion allowed for riders to take nutrition breaks etc. without affecting the overall time for the team.

“It was awesome! And hard! And fun! Tackling things that are difficult makes success so satisfying. An event like this takes a ton of thought and planning and involves so many lives. We had a team of 8 and a support crew of 6. They all played important roles in making sure we had an awesome experience and we’re successful in our record attempt,” said Onree via email. “There is a lot that can go wrong over 369 miles, so planning and executing is really important. But there are still tons of unknowns. When it all comes together pretty much just how you envisioned, it’s super satisfying. I’m personally tremendously grateful for all my teammates and support crew!”

They arrived at the welcome center around 8:30 Sunday night.

This is the second Michigan record for five members of the team. Last year they set the World Ultra Cycling Record for crossing Michigan.

On October 5, 2020, Onree is going to attempt to set a new cycling speed record by doing 100 laps at Michigan International Speedway.