Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Piggy's Revenge 2014 a look back

Every event has a story and this year was all about perseverance. We had 73 riders come out and many were from out of town and state. At the riders meeting, I suggested that the riders attempt some-thing beyond their comfort zone such as try and ride farther or faster than usual. Many heeded the call-ing and for example, Jake an 11 year old, managed to finish the 20 mile course with a smile and is ready to do it again while several other participants rode the Carlton or off-road for the first time ever.
The weather conspired with us and the night rain helped firm up the trails. The temperatures on Sun-day were near perfect. The routes followed the best trails the Carlton has to offer. A few riders got a little confused at some turns, it was to be expected after several hours of cycling but all made it back to the pavilion where grill master Shawn Milliken made sure the homemade brats had the required grill marks. Everyone enjoyed the food and drinks at the finish where they had a story to tell. The gator in the middle of the trail, how to master the water crossing in the single track, that mystery root or tree that tripped us up, how about that section of trail that was overgrown or vaguely marked (chuckle).
The big story was the fight for first place, with four riders from team Cyclelogic (Gainsville) who set out to defeat local rider Rick Latimer. He new his only advantage was in the single track sections of the course, so he created a gap the first time through Boldygo. Rick managed to stay away until he reached “Tom’s Oasis” at mile 28 and from then on they attacked him repeatedly sacrificing two of their riders. The winners averaging 13.5 mph for the 60 miles was Rob Robbins in first followed by Jayson O’Mahoney second both from Team Cyclelogic. Rick Latimer ended third, Kevin Greten from Sanibel was in fourth and last years winner Steve Christian in fifth. For another year the debate will continue: is a cross or a mountain bike the winning ride? Right now if you are willing to take the physical beating a cross bike is a winner.
Planning has already started for next years event which by then the single track should be longer however, Piggy’s Revenge and the Carlton will still challenge riders of all abilities. Thank you to SCORR ,everyone who participated and volunteered at the Carlton.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Courses links correction.

You have got to love software and websites,here are the links to the 3 courses I created for Piggy's.
You should be able to download from here.
I wouldn't worry too much about it since all the loops will be well marked.

Piggy      for the  20 miles       for the 40 miles      for the 60 miles

Last minute details.

Last chance to save a few bucks because online registration closes at 5 pm today. If you show up on Sunday, registration is $35.00. The fee helps pay for insurance, food, supplies and t shirts and any extra funds raised go right back into the building and maintaining the trails. Support your local trail builders and have a some fun with like minded people.
The park gates open at 7:30 am, sign in follows shortly after that. No pets or glass bottles are allowed in the the park.We will have a riders meeting around 8:00 - 8:15 am. Remember the park closes at 6 pm and your car will get locked in. The weather should be perfect 60's to 80's.Make sure you have enough water to ride 3 hours or more, the only water source will be at mile 28. Carry a spare tube and a way to pump it up, the recent dry weather increases the number of sand spurs which can create slow leaks in your tires. Go tubeless! Grilled sausages and foamy beverages will be waiting for you at the finish which should be a lot of fun.
If you need a GPX file you can use the link to the ride previously posted. The Ridewithgps site allows you to create a file. The only issue is that the single track is not in detail, just the general direction is indicated. No worries though as that part of the course is well defined. So your GPS might beep for that section, just follow the trail, ignore your electronics for a little while and all will be well when you get out of that section. The whole course will be marked with easy to follow arrows painted on the ground and with signs. 
This years Piggy will be challenging for some but overall  a lot of fun.
Harden up!

Monday, January 6, 2014

6 days of training left!

I checked out some of the trails this week-end and they look great due to the recent rain which has helped a lot. The weather is predicted to be perfect next Sunday (60 for a low and 79 for a high). We made the homemade bratwurst this past week-end so the post ride cookout should be tasty. I am working on finishing up the trophies which are one of a kind. As a reminder, the course will be marked with painted hot pink arrows on the ground, so all you have to do is pedal and connect the dots. The two pictures below show you the range of the terrain you will cross with narrow tracks and wide open gravel roads. Don't forget to look up and enjoy the wild of Florida that few ever see. 6 days to go! If you want  more dynamic information check out the  Scorr Rider Facebook page. Eric

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Route Preview

If you are curious about what Piggy's routes are going to be.I have links to the 3 loops.Keep in mind that the single track is not mapped in detail so add another half a mile to the totals .There are bailouts at 13,28,48 and 51 miles. A rest stop to remember around mile 26.Everybody does the same first 15 miles.The 40's and 60's do the next 11 miles together then they each go their own way at the rest stop.The 40's and 60's do the single track twice.The more difficult sections are on the River trail (not mowed with a lot of tall grass) and parts of Doe Hammock (a small bumpy section at the beginning).The rest is in the best shape we have seem.The single track should flow well.
It breaks down on the 60 to approximately:25 miles of hard gravel roads,6 miles of twisty single track,6 miles of bumpy track,the rest is smooth grass and dirt tracks.The unpredictable is the amount of pig damage as they can really dig up the ground.


the 20 :
the 40:
the 60: 

PS: Remember only 1 week left to sign up. Challenge yourself.
PPS: In the map option box you can add distance markers.