9th Annual Tour
Picayune Strand State Forest
Wes Wilkins at 239 280-8837, text or call.
Re-configured Durrwalker Cup event to be free, and informal and a 2 bike length Social Separation
Cross Country Bike Race and Tour.
2 - 25 mile laps. Total 50 miles.
First lap finishers shall be scored and recognized.
50 mile ( 2 lap) first place to be Durrwalker cup champion 2020.
Start and Finish at Snake Pit Camp
Event is informal and totally free, donations accepted for non-profit Picayune Nature Club. The Edge Camp off Snake Rd and Snake Pit Camp are 1/2 mile apart and have showers, toilets, water and repair facility plus parking. Social separation rules are required. Everything located within Picayune Strand S.F.
Be a part of a wild place and learn about the woods while enjoying great and wholesome exercise in a world of raw nature and friendly competition, a Florida jungle and safari ride of fun. Wildlife is abundant even in these dry season days.
We provide 3 aid stations with fruit and water. Station #3 (Snake Pit Camp) will have ice cold drinks and lunch.
Bring a camera and have a small picnic along the course if a nice day of low key touring is your preference.
But be very, very ready and prepared if you expect to compete.
And if you're not into going fast, we offer the Eco-Tour Levy ride that is really not a race but a true tour.
There will be winners though, as at the conclusion there will be a questionnaire for each rider to answer about particular things present along the way and at each of the 7 check points. The smartest and most observant will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd
The Durrwalker Cup has had a host of great champions and are listed on it's base. Check the course map and details page for more information regarding the significance of this cup.
Originally the cup was a prize awarded to the local winner of a Swiss town's 1914 bicycle mountain race championship and continues its legacy here.
It will be awarded for the year to the overall course champion plus a prize. Individual trophies will be awarded to the leaders of all the sub races including second and third finishers, both male and female of the 12 mile Eco-Tour Levy Ride, the 24 mile Single Track Odyssey Ride, the 32 mile Grinders Dream Ride and the 55 mile Durrwalker Cup awarded Championship Ride.
We also will be featuring 2 new Events this year- The Bikeathlon which is a 3 lap, 15 mile total , 3 x 3 shoot challenge proving your skill as an Archer and a Cyclist.
For the last event, there will a 7 pace Axe Throwing contest after the tour for the finale, (no bikes here, only Vikings) awarding an event trophy for the best thrower. This contest is optional and included for all that enter the bike rides. Non - Riders are welcome to join.- $10 entry fee. 1st place & 2nd place double elimination tourney.
Check into each of our 6 events on page 2 details.
Several bike types and tires can be used successfully. Hybrid type and family bikes are just fine for the eco-tour course but there's opportunities to use more competitive style special bikes with fat tires and 29ers for the long gravel grinds or fat bikes for the grassy, sandy logs and rocks of the single track trails. Of course that all depends on lungs and legs and how you feel that day. The ground varies throughout and it is an odyssey of pathways and
right of ways.
The 55 miles is a very tough course physically and should not be attempted by the unprepared. If you are a first timer out here, expect to take it easy and follow the map and be flexible.
There are several easy go home bailouts along the course.
You are not alone, we can come and get you too if you've had it or have bike problems.
But if you expect to be competitive, you need to come out for a practice run or two.
Call on us anytime and we can help you.
Preparation is key and the right equipment for your chosen course will make things much more fun.
Everything from the correct tire pressure to the right cycling shoes to carrying enough water
and hand grips that feel good are just a few of the factors.