Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Piggy's Revenge 2013 What Happened?

Wow, what a day! We had 62 riders this year which is almost triple the amount compared to last year. Everyone found their way back and the weather was perfect. Steve defended his tittle and finished the 60 miler in first place for the second year in a row. Can he do it a third time? Scott gave him a run for his money this year but Steve held on. For all you 20 mile loop riders, 11 year old Spencer finished the 40 right in the middle of the pack. Way to go Spencer!!
The new way of marking the loops with spray paint worked out great. The terrain was challenging in places but everyone seemed to have had a good time. The homemade bratwurst, pulled pork (thanks Darrin), roasted potatoes (thanks Rich) and pasta salad (thanks Randy) were enjoyed by all. Also, thanks to our cycling musicians for handing out water mid-ride. The turnout showed  the land managers that there is a great demand for off road riding in our area.
SCORR (Sarasota County Offroad Riders) will help me organize Piggy's Revenge next year. We have great expectations for a larger turn out, better riding areas and more awesome sausages.
If you haven't already, please join SCORR by liking us @ Scorr Rider on Facebook. That will be the source of information regarding our progress in improving the riding, weekly rides, volunteering opportunities, etc...
There you will find some pictures taken by the volunteers and even a link to a video posted by one of the riders. Thank you to everyone who showed up and a huge thank you to the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Preserve for supporting Piggy's Revenge.  Thanks, Eric

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ok everyone, I have the whole ride marked.What a big job and a big thanks to Rick who helped me out greatly. I was out on the trails today and the conditions are great, no sand, very little pig damage, nice hard rolling surfaces. While marking the trails, I saw 2 HUGE alligators, lots of deer butts (they were running away), a coyote, a cow pig, a dead pygmy rattler and a hawk was squawking at me from his perch. It should be a great day out there tomorrow. If you are gps'ing the parking use Mabry Carlton  Preserve or Border Road in Venice. We are at the east end of Border road just look for the park signs. I'm boiling the brats in beer and onions as we speak.  I hope to see you all tomorrow - - Eric