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 May 15, 2021.  All proceeds benefit Musician’s Medical Relief and the event is open to the public.  We will modify our usual procedures a bit in view of COVID-19, but we do think our setup and size lends itself to a safe ride experience.

The proceeds of the Spring 2021 ride will go to assist with the medical costs of Patton Wages, a banjo player with the bluegrass band Volume Five.  Patton is recovering from a stroke earlier this year.  A gofundme direct donation link is found here.

The price is $40, which includes registration, a commemorative shirt, some riding snacks and such, a wristband good for a few hours of entry to the festival afterwards (if you want to stay all day you can purchase a Saturday ticket for a reduced price of $45).  Advance sign-up is available here, and 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 , 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, where we will have manned rest stops with refreshments, and both offer great views for photos if you like. Here is a Ride With GPS link and a GoogleMaps link.

Note that the GoogleMaps Long Route shows an optional Bypass just north of SC 11 if you wish to go further than the Short Route takes you (along the Long Route up through Tigerville, Bypass parallel to Route 11 before rejoining the Long Route heading back to start), 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 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, there are two private showers for campers and cyclists on the Skunk property!

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 2016 donations went to the family of Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs.