Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gravel and dirt road conditions.

The conditions at the Carlton Reserve keep getting better and better! The county mowers are doing their thing and mowing the network of old roads on the property. There are over 80 miles of old ranch roads crisscrossing the 38 square miles of the available land. Every year, we ride all of them and select the best combination for the 60 mile loop of Piggy's Revenge.

This year the conditions seem favorable to include a few new sections that we have not been able to use for last few Piggy years. Expect to ride multiple surfaces from a well maintained gravel road to long abandoned sections where we will mow a narrow path. Expect rough challenging sections with patches of pig damage, some really smooth fast sections, grassy fields and maybe a short section of asphalt.

The best bike for the 60 mile loop would be a monster cross rig, great for the fast smoother sections or a 29'r to get you through the rough stuff but would be slower elsewhere. The truth is, no matter what rig you run nothing beats a big motor. So we will continue exploring and evaluating until we finalize the route in December.

The 20 and 40 mile options are going to be mostly single track with some gravel connectors; the best ride for those is definitely a Mountain Bike and for the purist, a rigid single speed would be a option too. We don't have any hills here but we make it up with a lot of twists and turns.

The Sag Stop: "Tom's Oasis" will be back this year. The usual shenanigan's will be going on and new for this year, help from the Real Bikes Venice Special Assistance Crew (RBVSAC).

GET SIGNED UP TODAY and get a Piggy's Revenge T-Shirt in your size. After the 20th of December no t-shirt, but you will be able to sign up until 6:00 pm the night before the event. We have a field limit of 300 this year and no day of event registration.

A nice straight and fast section.

Freshly mowed section there is a good hard line but it's hidden by the cut grass.

The south Power line trail looking west.

Maintained gravel road.

Monday, October 23, 2017

We love windy and dry days!!

The trails are drying up fast and we get to ride further into the Carlton Tract on a daily basis. As the waters recede, we get to ride old familiar spots that have been inaccessible for months. 

We are slowly planning the 20, 40 and 60 mile routes and as usual, we will select the best combination possible. SCORR added several new miles of single track this last spring. We have 7 more miles in the planning stages, they probably won’t get built in time for this years event but we will let you know when they are completed so you can come check out the new trails. 

The loop will be challenging as usual, the beer will be free and the sausages are hot off the grill. Sign up today and get your guaranteed T-shirt, no day-of registrations and the field size limit is at 300 this year. 

Always striving to make our event better and better each year.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Piggy's less than 100 days away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hurricane Irma left her mark!

The trails are in dire need of some cleaning up with several sections that are inaccessible due to seasonal flooding. Overall we are still on schedule for another great Piggy's Revenge.
Several trail work days are planned and we need our SCORR members to come help out.

Depending on our progress, we might be adding 5 brand new miles of single track to the inventory.
The 60 mile loop will be similar to last year but yet undetermined. As of today, we have not ridden some of the section since late spring. The 20 and 40 might be modified if we get the new trail built by January 7th.

The weather is the only factor we can't control. The trails will be fun and the distances will challenge you. This event will be a great way to kickoff 2018.

Sign up early and get you T-Shirt. No day of registration this year but registration will be open till 5 pm Saturday the 6th. register here
Beer and Brats at the finish line as usual.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

It's on !!! ,January 7th 2018 is the date.

Get your red pen out and put a big red X on January 7th 2018.
Piggy's Revenge is going to happen that morning at 800 am.
What will the weather do this year?
Will we be under water, half frozen or will the conditions be perfect?
You never know what January will be like.
New this year is a 7 new miles section of single track we are working on. If all goes right 5 more mile will be added to the existing trail network this fall .If you want to help with the new trails ,look for the posted trail building days on the FB page.
NO DAY OF REGISTRATION , but you can register online until 5:00 pm on Saturday night.
You must sign up before December 19th to get a T-Shirt after that same fee ($40) but no T-Shirt.
We are limiting the field at 300 riders this year.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Get inspired for tomorrow's ride

 SCORR has some very talented members, over the years they have been hard at work creating some Piggy's inspired tunes.Play them loud on your way to the event tomorrow. You'll ride faster with one of these tunes in your brain.

  Piggy's Revenge mp3's

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The lowdown on Piggy’s Revenge 2017

COW PIG The myth the legend!
The lowdown on Piggy’s Revenge 2017 

Looks like we will have one of the best Piggy’s yet, the rain that is expected on Saturday should greatly improve the trails, as the 4-month long drought has made some sections sandy. A little rain the day before will make the riding conditions perfect on Sunday, expect low’s in the 40’s and Highs in the 50’s with some windy conditions. It will be one of those blue sky, cool and windy days. The perfect kind of day for a ride in the woods with friends followed by some brats and beer.
We will start parking cars shortly after 6:00 AM. The park officially opens at 7:00 Am and closes at 6 Pm.
The planned start times are: 
60’s leave at 8 AM
40’s will go at 8:15 AM 
20’s will go at 9 AM
10’s will leave at 915

You are heading to the: 
 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, (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, 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 from 4 to 7 pm at 101 West Venice Avenue #16, Venice Fl 34285. The corner of Hwy 41 and Miami avenue.
The start/Finish is in the park at the Pavilion, about ½ mile from the parking area, Please only park in the designated areas as per the directives from the Property managers.
All the courses will be marked with signs and painted arrows on the ground, just follow the directions.
And if you are riding and don’t see one of the two regularly, turn around till you reconnect. 
A map of the venue will be available, on the map are numbers that indicate the numbers on post at trail intersections. So, if you are lost, stop, then go to the nearest post look up the number on the map and go from there. My phone number is on the map, if you need to call me and we will see if we can talk you back. 
But do remember to be ready, if you have mechanical or physical issues don’t count on us to come and get you. We will have limited access to the venue. 
All riders will cross 4 gates, use the Bypass on the sides of them. The third gate’s side gate opens into a pasture please close it behind you.
Don’t touch the Feral pig traps you will encounter, it’s against the rules. If you see pigs just let them be and they will get out of your way, some riders like to bark at them. The Alligators won’t be very active, and if it’s cold they might be lounging close to some trails to get warm, so give them some space.
The first single track section starts 1 mile from the start of the 20/40 loops, if you want to push the pace, make sure you are at the front before you get on Boldlygo , there are limited passing options on the trail. 
Or on the other hand, please pull over and let those maniacs yelling "track” behind you go by.
There is one sag stop but you will pass it twice.
20-mile loop sags at mile 9 and 15.5
40-mile loop sags at mile 9 and 35.5
60-mile loop sags at mile 3.5 and 31 but will also pass the start/finish area at mile 35
The 40’s and 60’s will pass an unmanned water stop at mile 18 so look for the water jugs!
If you are riding the 40 and 60 make sure you can ride at least 20 miles without a hug.
We will have coffee from Venetian Coffee roasters at the start.
The finish will feature beer from Fat Point, it’s free, and all donations will go to SCORR.
Plus, Homemade bratwurst hot off the grill and much more.
Some of our members are talented musicians, and they have been hard at work on several Piggy themed songs, I am sure you will hear them on Sunday.

Have a great adventure,

Eric Claessens
President Sarasota County Off Road Riders.