deTour de Skunk

DeTour de Skunk is a charity bicycle ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge that begins and ends at the parking area of the Albino Skunk Music Festival (4063 Jordan Rd, Greer, SC 29651) on Saturday October 5, 2019.  All proceeds benefit Musician’s Medical Relief and the event is open to the public.

Proceeds of our Spring 2019 rides benefited James Schlender of Songs From The Road Band. James underwent open heart surgery to replace a valve right before his band played our Fall 2018 festival. Gladly, he’s back on his feet and on-stage now, but has incurred great cost. Details about James and a link to make a direct donation are found here.  The Fall 2019 ride beneficiary will be named later.

The price is $35, which includes registration, a commemorative shirt, some riding snacks and such, a wristband good for a few hours of entry to the festival afterwards, and a beer token from the Community Tap (must be 21 of course).  Advance sign-up is now closed, but day-of sign-ups are fine (cash or check).

Check-in starts Saturday morning at 8:00 am.  The rides depart at 9:00 am sharp!

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There are two routes of differing distance and difficulty.

  • The short route is a beginner-friendly 15 mile run along rolling country roads from the Skunk Farm to 1909 Campbell’s Covered Bridge and back. Here is a Ride With GPS link to the Short Route, and a GoogleMaps link.
  • The long route, which is 35 miles and has a couple of more difficult climbs, includes the short route and also goes through Tigerville and past the 1820 Poinsett Bridge.  There are parks at each bridge.  We’ll have manned rest stops at each with refreshments, and for a look and photos if you like. Here is a Ride With GPS link to the Long Route and a GoogleMaps link.

Note that the GoogleMaps Long Route shows an optional Bypass along SC 11 if you wish to go further than the Short Route takes you (through Tigerville and up to Route 11), but you want to skip the difficult climb past the Poinsett Bridge.

Both groups will depart together @ 9:00 am.   We leave from the top of the main parking lot at 4063 Jordan Road.

We will have a professional technician from Benchmark Bicycle Supply Co. on-site for pre-race equipment checks and adjustments, as well as an on-call SAG vehicle if a need arises on the routes.  We will have personnel with food and drink at each rest stop.

And as a reminder, we now have two private showers for campers and cyclists!

Our previous rides have generated over $10,000 in donations thanks to our generous riders and sponsors!  The past rides have supported musicians James Schlender, Alex Munoz, Dave Brown, Emily McSherry and Russ Morin, as well as sons of area musicians Dave Desmelik and Gentry Ostendorff. Spring ’16 donations went to the family of Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs.

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