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 1138, 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 



Saturday, January 23, 2021

Piggy's 2021 Virus Edition

 We are almost a month away from the 9th Annual Piggy's Revenge. Obviously, the virus will have an impact on our event but we are working diligently to do the best we can, comply with the safeguards imposed on us and make this a memorable year. 

There will be no t-shirts this year, no package pick up but we assure you we have some cool Piggy's SWAG instead. We also will not have mass starts but instead a window of time for you to leave depending on what course you are riding.

Tom's Oasis (SAG Stop) will still be a lot of outrageous fun and you can re-fuel as usual. Our after party will look a little different. We will still have a hot, homemade sausage for you at the finish line and a cold beer from 3 Bridges Brewery.

We have caught up on all of our trail maintenance and they are all riding really well. This is the perfect time to get out and have some trail fun. The routes are being explored and will be finalized very soon. I will post the GPS's shortly so watch this blog for those.

Sign up now at Bikereg.com and join us for a fun day in the wild.

Eric

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Its time for you to start planning for a great event.


 We are going to get this thing off the ground, virus or no virus.

Obvioulsy we are going to have to adapt to today's realities.

The same awsome trails and gravel road are still out there. 

More details to follow as we get the puzzle solved.

Wouldn't a entry to Piggy's be a great last minute X-mas gift?

See you there February 28th

Eric







Thursday, October 29, 2020

New date for Piggy's 2021

 Looks like we are a go for February 28th 2021.

Many delay with permits etc.. The ride will follow a similar format as in the past with some allowances for COVID precautions. More information soon. 

You can register at :https://www.bikereg.com/47485

Thanks.

Eric

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Piggy's Revenge 2020 Information




Here's the scoop about this Sunday's event.

All trails are dry today, we expect a small amount of rain on Saturday that shouldn’t make any difference. The temperatures should on the cool side, the conditions couldn’t be better. The courses we laid out will challenge your endurance at times, so if you can relax, look up and enjoy your surroundings. You are lucky to ride in such a beautiful area of Florida.  

Directions: I-75 exit 193 Jacaranda Blvd., go North (away from gas stations and hotels) and turn right on Border Road. follow to the end take a left into T. Mabry Carlton Memorial Reserve at 1800 Mabry Carlton Pkwy, Venice 34292. Parking will open up at 6:00 am, everybody has to park in the assigned parking area. Please place your envelope on your dash, with the label visible. This helps us identify who you are if you don’t make it back to your car. Restrooms and start area are 0.7 miles from parking.

Saturday, we have a packet pickup from 5:00-7:00 pm at Off The Wagon Brewery and Kitchen at 2107 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice 34293. Great place for a bite and a pint. Sunday morning, we will have coffee and muffins at the start.

The first group to start are the 60's at 7:45 sharp. I will lead them from the pavilion to the start line .5 miles away. The 40's will leave as soon as I get back probably around 8:30. The 20's will probably leave 45 minutes after that. The 10 mile fun ride will leave around the same time. The SAG stop, also known as "Tom's Oasis", will have snacks and plenty of beer and fireball. Make sure to stop but don't stay too long. The course is marked at every turn and crossing, if you get to an intersection without any markings you are off course. Turn around and go back to the last sign you crossed. Don’t overthink it, look for bike tracks or other riders. All main intersections have a post with a number that corresponds to county maps.

The finish area will feature free beer samples from 3 Bridges Brewing. You better be thirsty we have a lot of it. Homemade Bratwurst, Chicken, bean salad, tabbouleh and pasta salad await your arrival. We start serving food at 11:30. You must have your bracelet to get food. Food is for riders only.

Remember to be self-reliant, be prepared for mechanical breakdowns, stay fed and hydrated.
You will be in very remote areas with little access and spotty cell service so make sure you have plenty of battery life or a backup source if needed. You are on your own. This needs repeating, you are on your own. We will not come out and bring you back, make sure your ride is reliable, otherwise it's a long walk back. Help your fellow riders, be smart, have fun experiencing the real Florida, respect the wildlife and don't touch the pig traps. Watch out for fire ants look before you step.
Approximate SAG stops:
20 miles around mile 11
40 miles around mile 7 and 28, water only around mile 14 and 23
60 miles around mile 7 and 35, water at 30 or finish area at 40
60 miler is a 40 mile loop taking you back to the start then a separate 20 mile loop with a cut off at 1:00 pm. There are small discrepancies on the GPS file so always follow the arrows.
My cell is 941-468-. Put my cell in your phones now while you are thinking about it.
See you Sunday morning! Eric