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.