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[RC] Endurance rider - Bruce Weary

David, you said: " I say that if you're a member of the American _Endurance_ Riders Conference, and do rides, then it ought to be OK to call oneself an endurance rider." It is perfectly okay to do so. "Endurance rider" has become synonomous with "distance rider" or "long rider." Is someone actually objecting out loud when you refer to yourself with those terms? That would be silly.

But when the term endurance ride is used within the vernacular of our sport, it does define a certain something, just for clarity, not insult or exclusion. I think one of the reasons people like to refer to themselves as an endurance rider is that they know there is inherent honor and respect contained in the term, and they want to be connected and identified with it. And that honor and respect was initially derived at a time when there was nothing but 100 mile finish lines to cross to become one. If we keep moving that finish line closer to obtain that title, where does it end? The 12 or 8 mile fun ride? Bruce


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