Friday, January 4, 2019

Piggy's Revenge 2019 info

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

I-75 exit 193 Jacaranda Blvd., go North (away from gas stations) and right on Border Road. Go to the end take a left into T. Mabry Carlton Memorial Reserve at 1800 Mabry Carlton Pkwy, Venice 34292.
Parking open's up at 6:00 am, everybody has to park in the assigned parking area. Restrooms and start area are 0.7 miles from parking.

Saturday, we have a packet pickup from 5:00-8:00 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 a live band this year, snacks and plenty of beer and fireball. Make sure to stop but don't stay too long.

THE 80/20 RULE:  80% of the ride is going to be uneventful with great trails and plenty of fast areas.You won't remember any of it. 20% is going to be memorable with water crossings, muddy sections & soft grass. You'll remember them and they will become part of you story. None of these areas are extensive just short sections. Go out there and make some memories but don't wear white socks.

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 awaits your arrival.
I have not made new route files this year, the actual routes are still being decided. Everything will be very well marked just follow the signs and don't overthink it.

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. Your on your own. This needs repeating, your on your own. Help your fellow rider, be smart, have fun experiencing the real Florida, respect the wildlife and don't touch the pig traps.

Approximate SAG stops (TBD):
20 miles around mile 13?
40 miles around mile 12? Water only around mile 30
60 miles around mile 16, water at 30 Sag at 35 (off course .4 miles) or finish area at 40
60 miler is a 40 mile loop taking you back to the start then a 20 mile loop with a cut off at 1:00 pm .
The second loop has a rough 2 miles.

My cell is 941-468-1138. Put my cell in your phones now while you are thinking about it. See you Sunday morning!

Eric

PS: Here are the links to last years courses they are about 80% accurate, you'll be off course often but they will get you around just follow the arrows/signs instead of the GPS.

40 miles 2018 or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26646437
20 mile 2018  or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26655155
sixty part 1 2018   or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26658302
sixty part 2 2018  or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26673297



Monday, December 17, 2018

Don't miss out

You only have 4 days left to sign up and get an AWESOME Piggy's t-shirt, after Thursday this week, no t-shirts will be given out. We will close registration as soon as we get 325 riders or in 19 day's on January 4th. There is NO day of event registration and we have less than 100 spots available.

The trail network is riding quite well.. we have a new route for the 40 and 20 with some new sections of trail that we are excited to showcase. The 60 mile loop will be similar to last year’s event. All the courses are still in flux with decisions still to be finalized as we ride the trails these next few weeks.

All routes will be published as GPS friendly files before the event but if you don’t have a GPS, the loops will be marked clearly with paint and signs. You won’t have to think, you just have to pedal and enjoy the ride.

Get your $40 dollars, follow the link and start planning for a fun day of riding with friends on some of the best mix of trails in this area. It will be a great way to start the year.
SCORR

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Recon rides at the Carlton are on!


   After a month of trail maintenance, we can start focusing on finding the best combination of trails for Piggy's. This involves riding much of the 80 miles of double track on the property and sometimes we get there before the county has had a chance to do their yearly mowing but overall, the trail conditions are much improved this year. Everything is dry, the trails are hard and smooth and the only negative seems to be that the Pigs are in overdrive. There are a lot of them around as well as many deer and turkey's.
   This years event should have some of the best riding in years. We are just about a month away so sign up today at https://www.BikeReg.com/piggys-revenge. Register before December 20th and get a GREAT Piggy's Revenge T-shirt in your size. No sign up on the day of the event. When we reach 325 entrants, registration will be closed no matter what day it is.
"Cow Pig" is back!
Pig wallow of doom.

Freshly mowed trail ready for action.
POLAR  Trail
Venice Arcadia Grade

Top of the Mile of Hell 
North Power-line

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Piggy's Revenge is less than 2 months away!



Sign up early to avoid being left out. The land managers have limited the number of riders to 300, so we will close registration when we reach the limit. There will be no day of registration, sorry,  you must pre-register.

Due to our order being in on time, the last day to get a free t-shirt with your registration is December 20th.

The SCORR volunteers have been hard at work clearing the trails and getting them in prime condition for Piggy's Revenge. I am proud to say that the single track has been cleaned up and is riding exceptionally well. The trails seem to get better and better every year so get out there and enjoy the ride.

As usual, getting to see the wildlife is one of the great things about riding in the Carlton Reserve. Lately, we have seen a lot of turkey's, deer, alligators and pig's in the park.

We are out there riding all the trails and evaluating them so we can decide which ones will be included in the final routes of the 10, 20, 40 & 60 mile courses.

Now is the time to get excited and make your plans to attend the 7th Annual Piggy's Revenge off-road challenge.

Eric

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Our Beer Sponsor this year is......


3 Bridges Brewing will be providing the cold beverages at the finish line. We are happy that this local favorite will be our beer sponsor this year. Nothing is better than a cold beer after a challenging ride in the woods. Sign up today for your free beer and bike ride at https://www.BikeReg.com/piggys-revenge
Get $40 then choose your distance 10,20,40 or 60, your T-Shirt size.
See you at the finish line. "PROST"


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pictures of all the rabbits from Piggy's Revenge 2018.

 As I was cleaning up my phone memory banks, I came up on these pictures. The starters and trophy winners from last years event. Sorry about the delay. SCORR is gearing up for another great Piggy's Revenge on January 6th 2019. Registration is open, follow the link on the side bar. We are waiting as usual for the trails to dry up so our recon rides can start. See you there.
Eric

Getting ready for the start!

Looks like we had a cool start!

Next  group at the start line

YOU get a trophy

And you get a trophy!

And you get a trophy!

And you get a trophy!

And you get a trophy!

And you get a trophy!

And you get a trophy!

And you get a trophy!

And you get a trophy!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Piggy’s Revenge 2018 Game Plan


 First, look up once and a while and enjoy where you are. In today’s world, we are rarely alone with nature, you will be away from it all on this ride. Remember you are on your own, you are on your own, you are on your own, be self-reliant, be prepared.
Make sure your ride is in good condition, you have enough fuel/liquids and spare parts to get you to the finish line. Don’t mess with the Pig Traps, don’t mess with the critters. You are guest in their house be respectful. Help a fellow rider in need, it’s not a contest.
Download the course map to your phone and or GPS. The routes will be marked with painted arrows and signs (see picture) we also placed “comfort arrows” for the worriers in the bunch. There are several long straight sections, especially along the powerlines, stay on them till you see a sign.
Don’t overthink the course, there are no trick turns or un-mowed hike a bike. Follow the path of least resistance and the tire tracks in front of you. If by the very unlikely chance you get to a MAJOR CROSSROAD and there are no signs or arrows, you are off course. Go back to the last sign and change your direction. Unfortunately, the county has tilled some sections of the 60-mile course in the last few days. You will have to ride the edges or muscle your way through the soft stuff, if you can get a wider tire under you before the start do so. Or let the fast riders burn it in and ride their tracks.
Shortly after 6:00 AM we will start parking cars. The park officially opens at 7:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM.

The planned start times are: 
60’s leave at 8:00 AM
40’s will go at 8:30 AM 
20’s will go at 9:00 AM
10’s will leave at 9:15 AM

Directions: 
 T. Mabry Carlton Reserve  
1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice FL 34292.
Take I-75 to exit 193 the Jacaranda exit. Go north on Jacaranda (away from the gas stations), take a right on Border Road. Stay on Border road till you see the sign for the Carlton, (blinking stop sign at the end of road) take a left onto the Mabry Carlton Parkway and you will see the parking area on your immediate right. Some GPS’s will send you to the wrong side of the river so make sure you are on Border Road.

Parking will be near the entrance of the park this year, where we will have a sign in station for the package pickups on site. To avoid the lines, you can pick up your stuff on SATURDAY at the Tap and Cork Pub after 5:00 pm at 101 West Venice Avenue #16, Venice FL 34285. The corner of Hwy 41 and Miami Avenue.

The Start/Finish is at the Pavilion in the park, about ½ mile from the parking area. Please only park in the designated areas as per the directives from the Property Managers.

Sags stops will be as follows:
20 miles loop at mile 13.
40 miles loop at mile 13, water only at 30, sag at 35.
60 miles loop at mile 16 and water only at mile 30 sag at mile 35, finish line at 40, parking lot at mile 42 and sag at mile 55.

At the finish we will have plenty of beer and bratwurst waiting for you. Have a blast! I hope you enjoy our trail system as much as we do, when you return next year you will get to enjoy all the hard work SCORR will have done thanks to your support.

See you Sunday!
Eric

Zoom in and see the painted arrow and the signs we will use.