Friday, January 21, 2022

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PIGGY’S REVENGE 2022

 

General info regarding next Sunday.

No day of registrations will be considered, the event is at capacity.

Early packet pick up with be Saturday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at OFF TRAIL Bike and Brew (430 E. Venice Ave, Venice, FL).

Packets will also be available in the parking area on Sunday morning.

All cars must be parked at the assigned parking area starting at 6:00 AM. We must allow other park users the use the regular parking spots. Please fill out the label on the outside of our packet and place the envelope we gave you on your dash label side up. In the event we need to, will be easier for us to determine who has not returned at the end of the day. Make sure you put Eric’s cell number in your phone contacts, so you have it.

 941-468-1138.

  IMPORTANT: wrist bands = food.

The start area and bathrooms are located about a half a mile from the parking lot, right next to the after-party pavilion. We will have a limited amount of coffee and muffins as the sun comes up.

We are doing mass starts again this year. Start times are as following:

60-mile gravel: 7:45 AM

40 mile off road: 8:15 AM

20 mile off road: 9:00 AM

20-mile gravel: 9:15 AM

10-mile ride: 10:00 AM

The event isn’t timed but these start times are designed so that you will be back at the start/finish area in time for the food and beer service that starts at 11:00 and ends at 3:00 PM. Tom’s Oasis sag stop will close at 2:00 PM. If you feel that you might need more time you should consider leaving sooner. Weather and wind can change your plans, don’t underestimate how challenging these routes will be for the average bear.

A GPS file is linked at the end of this. All turns will be signed and marked with painted arrows.

Follow the signs and you will get back. Don’t overthink it follow the path of least resistance.

If you see a fellow rider in trouble, give a helping hand.

Make sure you have the basic tools and supplies to keep moving in case you develop an issue. Don’t forget extra battery power for your devices.   We cannot come and get you; you are on your own, you are on your own, you are on your own. If you need help getting out, I might be able to give you some direction. So call me if you have cell service. Make sure you have a numbered post nearby. All intersections have a numbered post that can be referenced to the maps. The smart bear will have linked or downloaded the property maps before the event or will know how to use the GPS on their phone to determine the easiest way out.  The Carlton basically has two Powerlines, North and South which run East/West. The far western edge is the Myakka River, and the far eastern edge is a fence line/gate way down in Northport. The start area is at the bottom left corner of the property.

The South Powerline is the fastest and shortest way back.

Have fun, look up and enjoy the sights. We love riding the Carlton, it really is good for your soul to be out there.

 

Piggy’s 60-mile loop preview

Start time will be at 7:45 AM sharp.

First, it’s two different consecutive loops. The first being close to 40 miles and the second around 20.

All turns will be marked with signs and painted arrows. A GPS file is linked here too. Some sections of the south powerline will be crossed several times.

They both start and end at the starting area. Sag stops will be at mile 7.5, 34, 37.5, 53 and 56.1. An unmanned water stop will be at mile 29. At mile 16, the sag stop will be a quarter mile off course.

The first loop starts out with some grassy double track, a small bridge, then three gravel sections with two grassy connectors between them. At mile 9.3 you will take a right onto a grassy connector.

You will cross this intersection 3 times if you do the whole distance. This is the only time that you will take a right turn (mile 9.3). You will be there at mile 36 and mile 53.5 and both times, you will go straight thru. The signs will say 60 EARLY (right turn arrow) and 60 LATE LAP1 LAP2 (straight arrow).

At mile 16 you will leave the gravel section onto the Venice-Arcadia Grade by taking a left. This double track road section will progressively turn into dirt then into a grass and sandy section: the infamous Mile of Hell (it’s not that bad this year). At the top of the grade, you will take a right onto the North Powerline. This year the NPL is mostly grass and dirt, it will favor power riders for the next 4 miles. Some sections can get bumpy due to the pig damage, eventually you will take a right turn into a pine forest at mile 25. These double track roads are deeply rutted due to the amount of traffic last fall during the “search for the killer event”. You will be within a few hundred feet of that gentlemen’s last stand. Around mile 29 you will take a right onto the south powerline, thankfully it has been improved this last year and this is where you will get to recover and make up some time. At mile 34 you will pass Tom’s Oasis sag stop. You are now close to the Start/finish area at mile 37.5.

It you get to the start area after 1:00 pm no second lap for you.

The second loop starts at the same area as the first lap, you will cross the parking lot in less than a mile.

After a gate you will start the hardest part of the ride, the River Trail, it’s 9 miles of bumpy grass, dirt, sand, fire lines and pig damage. You must find the right line, sometimes a few feet to one side or the other will make a big difference. If you are having a bad time just slow down and look up, enjoy one of the most isolated and beautiful areas of the property. Eventually you will be back on friendly gravel for the second half this loop. Don’t forget the sag stop then onto the finish area. Time for a well-deserved beer and homemade brat.

 

 

Piggy’s 40-mile Dirt loop preview

Start time at 8:15 AM sharp.

This loop is challenging this year, probably as hard as the 60 miles if not harder. You start out by doing several sections of Boldlygo singletrack trail until mile 6.7 then you are on the Venice Arcadia Grade, a grassy section. You will pass Tom’s Oasis sag stop at mile 7.3 so stop in and say hi to the volunteers.

Don’t linger too long, time to put the power to the pedals! Next is 1.5 miles of gravel followed by 6 hard miles of grass, water crossings, freshly tilled fire lines with soft sand (you must ride the edges of them) and a couple of ditches. There will be an unmanned water stop at the end of it.

Next is 3/4 of a mile of gravel and then all the hard work pays off, you get to ride 7.5 miles of tight singletrack with some of the prettiest riding in this area especially along the Myakkahatchee Creek. As a point of interest, you will be within yards of site of the conclusion of the big news stories that made the Carlton famous from last September.

Now you get to cruise down the smooth gravel of the South Powerline for 6 miles. Stop at the bridge and check out Big Al the resident gator. There’s a water stop at mile 23.4 and then the sag stop for the second time at mile 28.5. Next you will share the last section with the 20-mile riders: the Red Trail followed by the singletrack at mile 30.7 until the finish at mile 36.

Don’t underestimate this ride, we may not have any hills, but we have plenty of other challenging sections to make up for this.  Did I mention the wind?

Congratulations you finished a challenging ride! Now time for a cold beer and a bratwurst.

 

Piggy’s 20-mile gravel loop preview

Start time will be at 9:15 AM sharp.

The 20-gravel loop shares the first 16 miles with the 60-mile riders. It’s a combination of gravel sections with 4 grassy connectors. The first one at the start then around mile 5 and at mile 9.3. All are around a mile long, time to put the power to the pedals! You will see Tom’s Oasis Sag stop twice, at mile 7 and 17. Stop and say hi to the volunteers and enjoy a refreshment. Important note: that at mile 9.3 and 16.9 you will be at the same intersection; the first time you go RIGHT the second time you go STRAIGHT. The signs will say 20 EARLY (right turn arrow), or 20 LATE (straight arrow). Remember this or you will be going in circles and doing extra miles. We will be waiting for you at the finish with a cold beer and a hot Bratwurst.

Piggy’s 20-mile single track loop preview

Start time will be at 9:00 AM sharp.

Some parts of your route will be shared with the 40’s. After the first mile you will cross a small bridge and a gravel road into an adjacent property where you will ride the South of Border Trail counterclockwise. It’s 5 miles of mostly tight single track with 4 small bridges and a view of a lake. You leave this section through the same gate road and bridge that you came in. Next is Boldlygo until mile 10 then you will cross a weir and go up Venice Arcadia Grade, a grassy double track section. Mile 11 is the legendary Tom’s Oasis sag stop. Time to refuel!

Sorry but you must keep going, next is a short section of gravel on the South Powerline then you will ride down the Red Trail, a grassy trail with a good line to follow. At 13.4 you will jump back onto Boldygo and ride to the finish at mile 18.6. Time for a cold beer and a hot bratwurst.

 

Piggy’s 10-mile preview

Start time will be 10:00 AM sharp.

This ride will leave the start area and head up to the South Powerline and go to the notorious Tom’s Oasis sag stop 3 miles away. After a brief stop, you will continue to the bridge over Deer Prairie Slough where you will try a spot Big Al the resident gator. Next is the reverse route back to the sag stop and the finish line. The out and back format allows riders to catch up to the group without fear of getting lost. Keep an eye out for wildlife, the Carlton preserve is home to a large population of deer, wild turkeys, and pigs. The gators like to hang out in the water holes along your route and don’t forget all the birds.     

 See you there,

Eric and SCORR

 Map source  look for the Carlton back country , Big Slough Map and Lincer preserve.

20 mile Singletrack loop: 20 mile dirt

40 mile Singletrack loop:40 mile dirt

20 mile gravel:20 mile gravel

60 mile gravel lap 1:60 gravel lap 1

60 mile gravel lap 2:60 Gravel lap 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Get it done!Sign up for Piggy's!

Less than 60 days until the start of the Tenth Edition of Piggy's Revenge

Are you registered?

SCORR has had some very productive trail days in the last few weeks. Most of the singletrack trails have been cleared and trimmed. The routes are drying up quite well. We also have a brand new layer of gravel on the South Powerline section. It's fast! 

The 60 mile route will be a little less challenging with the addition of the smoother sections but don't be fooled, it will test your fitness. Any rider that finished it can tell you that you will struggle at times. The distance, the varying terrain (gravel, very little asphalt, dirt, grass and some sand), the pig damage and sometimes the wind and cold will all slow you down. It will make you question your choice of hobbies.

But thankfully after the first 40 mile section (maybe the first 20) you have a  choice to make: continue or just go back to the start area and have a hot bratwurst and a beer.

Get signed up now, we close the registration when we reach 300 riders and you'll loose out on the free t-shirt if you register after the 10th of January.

Eric

GO HERE    https://www.BikeReg.com/piggys-revenge


  

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Are you ready for the Tenth edition of PIGGYS Revenge?

 


Are you ready for the Tenth edition of PIGGYS Revenge?

We are not, but the planning has begun.

The format will be the same as previous years. Challenging rides, great trails, a lot of wildlife, free beer, and a sausage at the end.

January 30th is the date and the now famous Carlton Reserve is the place.

The single-track options will be 20 and 40 miles.  They share several sections at the beginning and end.

The gravel mixed surfaces will be 20, 40 and 60. They are three consecutive and different 20-mile sections with increasing difficulty as you go. The 60 will definitely be a challenging ride.

We also have a guided introductory 10-mile beginner gravel loop.

If you sign up early you will get a T-Shirt in your size after January 10th, no T-SHIRT for you.

So, sign up now at https://www.bikereg.com/piggys-revenge

 

Eric

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Read this before tomorrow morning! Especially the part about your course.

 First, thank you for supporting SCORR (Sarasota County Off Road Riders) your local nonprofit dedicated to improving the Off-Road cycling experience in this area. All the funds will be used for that purpose. This email will replace the customary riders meeting.

 

Sarasota County has allowed us to have our event this year if we implemented a COVID protocol.

• All Participants are healthy and without CDC identified symptoms in the last 14 days.
• The participants should avoid large groups, stay at 6’ from riders not in their household.
• No spectators, family, friends, or others, who are not registered participants are allowed in the start /finish area.
• All food items and drinks will be single serve or individually wrapped.
• Volunteers will serve you in masks and gloves.
• We are encouraging the use of facemasks by participants and volunteers in the finish/start area or when social distancing cannot occur.
• Riders will be asked to maintain safe social distancing with other, we are advising everyone to check their temperature and keep in mind any symptoms. If you are symptomatic, you should stay home. In addition, we are asking everyone to cover their mouth for any cough or sneeze and again to stay home if there is any feeling of sickness.

 

For your own safety, everyone must park at the designated parking area near the Park entrance. Please fill out the label on the back of your packet and place it on the dashboard, information up. The only way for us to know that you are back safe and sound is to verify that all the cars are gone at the end of the day. The start finish area and restrooms are 1 mile away.

The Parking lot will open at 6:30am. As you drive in, we will check you in and give you a swag bag.  The wrist band will be necessary to get the food (homemade brat, grilled chicken thigh or veggie burger) and free beer.

Yes, the beer is free, but we will have a donation jar to defray the cost.


It's Going to be hot tomorrow, plan your water and nutrition carefully.


There are no mass starts just assigned start time windows. Keep in mind, food service starts at 11 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Make sure to leave early enough so you will get back in time to enjoy the food and drink.

All routes are marked with painted arrows and signs with flags. Do not over think it, follow the arrows.


The GPS file might be off in places. Just follow the arrows and signs. If you happen to find yourself in an intersection with no arrows or signs, you are off course, go back to the last know sign, give yourself a dope slap and go the right way. Worst case scenarioopen your map app on your phone and figure out where you are.

This last year has seen a marked increase in the number of visitors to the Carlton, remember to be a good cycling ambassador and yield to other users, you represent all of us. Be self-reliant. Remember you are on your own, you are on your own. We will not come out and pick up your unprepared ass. Help a fellow rider in need.


Next are insights for each specific course.


20-mile Single-track course.

            Start Time 8:30-9:00 AM. 

             Start/Finish line toward yellow gate from Pavilion.

             SAG stop at mile 11. 


20-mile Gravel course.

          Start time 8:30-9:00AM.

          Start line south of Pavilion.

          Sag stops at mile 7.4 (might not be open yet) and 17 same stops twice. You will follow signs  (20 Gravel Early) up to second stop then follow signs  (20 Gravel late) after second sag stop. You are sharing the first 17 miles with the 60 riders so you will have combined signs (20 60 gravel Early).

You will pass the intersection at Marker 9 twice. The first time is a right turn (20 gravel early) after the SAG the second time you go straight through it (20-mile gravel late).


40-mile Single-track course.

          Start time 800-830 AM.

          Start /Finish line toward yellow gate from Pavilion.

           Sag stops at miles 8.5 and 28. Unmanned water stop at miles 14.5 and 23. Same ones visited twice. You will share some parts at the beginning with the 20 riders and ride the same ending after the Second Sag stop. So, some of the signs are combined. 


60-mile Gravel course.

      Start time 7:30-8:30.

      Start line south of Pavilion.

      Two separate loop that take you back to Start/ Finish area. There is a cut off for the second loop at 1:00PM.

       First loop Sag at 7.4 miles (might not be open if you are early) and 34.5 miles. Unmanned water stop at mile 29. The second loop starts at start/finish area and goes through the parking area shortly after.

       Second loop Sag at mile 15.5.

     This course loops over itself several times so you will go through some intersections several times. Pay attention to the signs or you will ride a lot of extra miles or a lot less miles. Look at the GPS file to familiarize yourself with the flow.

You will pass the intersection at Marker #9 three times. First time is a right (20 60 gravel early). The second and third time is straight through. (60 gravel late) and (60 lap 2).

You will see the intersection at Marker #32 twice. First is a left (60 lap1) then a right on the second lap (60 Lap2). 

The North Powerline is only flagged at the beginning and end . You will have several miles with no markings.

The Intersection at Marker #1 is a left near the start (20 60 gravel early) and a right for the second lap (60 lap2).

 

Above all have fun and be safe.

Eric 


My cell # is 941 468 , put my number in your phone.

 

Remember:

You’re on your own.

You’re on your own.

 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Here are the GPS files .

Only 6 days till the start.

We have spent a lot of time cleaning up the trails and scouting the best routes. This year has a lot of really good sections. These are the best trail conditions we have seen in years.The weather will be perfect, the brats hot and the beer will be cold. 

Only 5 days  until registration closes, so sign up now.

sign up here

The 10 Mile ride will determine the route at the event.

First of all, the routes are very well marked with painted arrows and signs. YOU DON"T NEED A GPS to find your way around. 

    The  20 Mile Singletrack loop will see the SAG STOP at mile 11.

                                 20 Mile singletrack route

   The 40 Mile Singletrack loop will see the SAG STOP at miles  8.5 and 28.

You will see the same
unmaned water stop at miles 14.5 and 23.

                                  40 Mile singletrack route

   The 20 Mile Gravel ride will see the SAG STOP at miles 7.4 and 17. The first 16 miles are shared with the 60 riders.

                                20 Mile Gravel route

   The 60 Mile Gravel ride has two loops, first you will do a 40 Mile loop that will take you back to the start followed by a 20 Mile section. There is a cutoff ,you will not be able to start the second part after 1 PM. 

 The first course will see the SAG STOP at miles 7.4 and 34.5. There is a unmaned water stop at mile 29.

                                 60 Mile Gravel route Part 1

The second part of the 60 will see the SAG STOP at mile 15.5

                                 60 Mile Gravel route part 2



Thursday, February 18, 2021

Only 9 days to the start of the 2021 Piggy’s Revenge.

 


Remember, this is an endurance challenge, and you will be challenged. Unlike the previous years, the weather will be pristine with 65-85 degrees and 10% chance of rain. The trails are dry, and our volunteers have been working hard to make them near perfect.
Do not forget that you must be self-reliant; you will be on your own. Have everything you might need to get yourself back to the start area. We will not go out and bring you home.

I will post the routes in the next few days, however, some areas are still influx at this time. Sorry no mass starts this year, but you will be required to leave within a window of time. If you plan on “racing” a specific distance, be there at the beginning of your start time so you can leave with like-minded people.
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       60’s and 40’s must leave between 8:00AM and 8:30 AM.
·         20’s gravel and single-track must leave between 8:30AM and 9:00 AM.
·         10’s will leave after 9:00 AM and the ride leaders will determine the loop.

20 and 40 single track courses will be like last year and should be fast rolling. The 40 will cross some challenging sections that should put the hurt on you. The 20 and 60 gravel loops share the first 16 miles up to the sag stop. Then the 60’s will leave into the far reaches of the property. On the good side a large section of the South Powerline has been improved and rides smooth. Naturally, both will feature a mix of gravel, grass, dirt, and a tiny bit of asphalt. No single track this year. You will get to use your gravel bikes versatility to the max.

The finish line will have what you need after hours of suffering: beers and brats.

We will not have a package pickup the evening prior and instead will hand you your packet as you arrive that morning. We ask that you fill out the label on the cover of the packet and place it on your dash with the label facing upward. In the event we have a car left in the parking lot, we need to know who it belongs to.

DON'T FORGET, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
Eric