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 Fall 2019 ride will benefit Paul Marshall of one of our favorite SkunkFest bands, I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. Paul suffered a random but quite serious eye injury, and has been through a difficult recovery and several surgeries. Treatment and costs are ongoing. Details about Paul’s situation and a link to make a direct donation are found here.

The price is $35 in advance ($40 day-of), 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 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 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, 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.