Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The countdown begins!

IT'S PIGGY TIME, are you ready?

The weather looks like it will cooperate this week-end with highs in the low 70's and a 10% chance of rain.Those are near perfect conditions for our fourth version of Piggy's Revenge.

You can register the day of at $40.00 as soon as we can get into the park and get organized. The gates open at 7:00 AM. The pre-registered will have to sign in and pick up their T-shirt, but those that are signing up on Sunday will have to wait till after their ride to see if we have any leftover shirts available.

The trail head parking lot has limited spaces available, the overflow will have to park on the shoulder of the access road and the road leading to the horse trailer parking lot. We cannot park in the Horse lot since they need room to move their trailers around and avoid blocking the roads as much as possible. If a horse trailer decides to show up on Sunday we don't want them to clip any cars.

There will be a short riders meeting around 8:00 AM right before the start. The 60's will leave first with a neutral ride to the first turn, make sure you have the current route downloaded on your GPS and follow the link  at http://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/8532487 (Make sure you have the 2015 version loaded). If you are using a phone as a GPS make sure you have enough battery power to last the whole ride, I would suggest bring a extra power source.

The 20 and 40 's will leave next; these two routes share the first 10 miles. The faster riders should work their way to the front during the neutral start section, there are few opportunities to pass on the single track, so call out before you pass and if you are holding up traffic stop and let riders pass you. If you encounter other users (walkers, Horses etc...) be courteous, you are representing  the whole cycling community. The 20 and 40 will be marked with paint and occasional signs, don't over think it too much, just follow the arrows.

SAGS:       the 20's at mile 11.
                   the 40's at mile 11 and 30.
                   the 60 at mile 21 and 40(gas station)
Plan your water and food accordingly.

While riding, don't forget to look up and enjoy the view. The feeling being in the middle of nowhere is rare these days. Hopefully you will get to see some wildlife, the deer will be curious and fearless, the pigs will run away if you make some noise (they can be aggressive so give them room), the alligators will eventually move if you give them some time, watch your feet when you stop we have a lot of fire ant nests and snakes. Keep your eyes open for a panther that was sighted in this area recently. DO NOT TOUCH THE PIG TRAPS.
Remember we can't go out and get you, so make sure you have the spare parts and knowledge to get you back safely to the start. YOUR ARE ON YOUR OWN!

ALSO.... Due to Facebook changing their policies, we had to make a new page. We are now under SCORR Riders. I know, timing is everything!


Monday, December 22, 2014

Piggy's 60 mile route for 2015

   Last week-end, the entire loop of Piggy’s Revenge 60 was ridden. Here is the news: First it’s 55 miles long, you won’t complain about that at the finish and you’ll be happy to have finished the entire course. The rainy season extended late into fall this year, which have caused a few issues. Many areas are still underwater and the land managers are behind on the mowing. I had to change the route to avoid the worst areas. This is how we ended up with 55 miles instead of 62.
   The course will be a challenging mix of terrain. Gravel, hard packed double track and a 6 mile road section make up most of the loop, but thrown into the mix are some sand, water crossings and muddy/flooded areas. Let’s not forget the big unknown Pig damage. It tends to be clustered in a few spots. Dry weather over the next few weeks might allow wet and muddy areas to get better by race day. If you are planning on riding a cross bike you will have an advantage in many of the areas but you will suffer in a few spots. I wouldn’t use anything less then 38’s and run a lower air pressure. If you are going to use a mountain bike the long straightaways and the road section will not be your favorite. You both will hate the sand and Pig damaged areas. The hard stuff is in the first 40 miles except for a section between mile 50 and 51.
   We will have a SAG stop around mile 21 and you will pass a gas station at mile 40.
I will post the GPX file in the next few days, you’ll be able to download it and study the route. I might mark some of the more important turns before race day but don’t count on it. Your GPS will be your main guide.
   Attached is a link to the course preview and you might be able to use this if you use Garmin products. There will be bail out point at mile 22 and 34. We will reward you at the finish line with homemade grilled sausages and all the trimmings.
If you are planning on riding the 20 or 40 mile routes, they will be marked and all you have to do is follow the arrows. The Sag stops will be around 12 and 30 miles. Those loops include the Boldlygo Singletrack.

Last day to register online is December 28th and you are guaranteed a T-shirt. Day of registration will be $40 and the T-shirts are first come first serve until we run out.

Piggy’s Revenge  60 miler for 2015 :


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Back country riding at it's best.

This part of the state is still very wet and we are expecting more rain today. My riding has taken me to explore new areas looking for some dry riding and was pleasantly surprised by some of the new areas I found. The 60 and 40 miler will probably be changed to take advantage of the nicer terrain and  have further reduced the amount of asphalt on the 60. The swampy miles are almost completely bypassed, but I still have some more riding to do to asses one or two particular sections. Overall I think we will have some great riding on January 11th.
I did remember to take a picture or two...
 This picture was taken in a quite remote area several miles away from roads. As you go along, you hear a lot of big splashes, gators perhaps? Back country Florida at it's best!
This is a picture of a newly rediscovered section that bypasses asphalt, it's hard and fast.
Think about joining SCORR for another great Piggy's Revenge.
It will challenge you and you will see parts of Florida that few ever explore.

Monday, November 10, 2014

As I was riding part of the 60 mile loop this is what I encountered.

This is a typical grassy section, still very moist but smooth with some muddy sections.All that wet stuff is expected to dry up by the time you ride through it.

On this long stretch of  gravel road in the middle of one of wilderness areas, it's just you and the critters.

Monday, October 27, 2014

First Recon Ride Results

Things are improving, the roads are getting dryer, the water is slowly turning into dirt.Yesterday I tested a few of the roads and I was pleasantly surprised by how well things are rolling.By January we should have a great network of roads and trails to ride. On a personal note, 10 miles out I broke my seat post. So it was a test of my legs on the return to base. I can't emphasize how isolated some of theses trails are, you have to be self sufficient, It would have been a long walk if something worse had broken. The 20 and 40 mile loops will be closer to the parking lot but the 60 riders will the middle of nowhere. I wasn't able to capture on film the multiple deer and hogs that I saw, the alligators were more cooperative.Eric

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Less Than 90 Days till the start

This is what the trail looked like last week due to our very wet end of the summer. The trails are drying up but we still can't ride them yet. The 20 mile loop will have 10 miles of single track riding and the rest will be double track, gravel, grass,pig ruts,deer and naturally plenty of wild pigs. The rider on the 40 miler will get 20 miles of single track and the rest will be challenging sections of double track etc... where we will have Tom's Musical Rest Stop at the half way point. The two loops will be clearly marked and some bail out points will be available. I've heard some obnoxious guy might be camped on the course with some beer ups and a cow bell. At the finish, we will have our famous homemade Wisconsin style Bratwurst hot off the grill with all the trimmings. It will be another great day in the wilderness of southwest Florida. See you all there. Eric

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

62 metric fantastic

I am in the planning stages of the Metric Fantastic loop for Piggy's Revenge 2015.It looks like it will be exactly 62 miles long.Get ready for a great adventure through 3 wilderness areas. Two refueling stops are planned,one at 24 miles supplied by SCORR and you will pass a gas station at mile 46.There will be 15 miles of road riding (some are very poorly maintained roads), optional sidewalks, several water crossings,some sugar sand and swampy sections.The rest is gravel, grass covered double track and occasional pig ruts.There is no single track on this loop,  making it more suitable to a monster cross bike or 29'er.Expect some surprises and WTF moments.This loop will not be marked for the most part and will require a GPS to find your way around.As usual you will be on your own. Now I am just waiting for things to dry up so I can preride the course and finalize the route. Next are the 20 and 40 mile off road loops.