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