Tour de Picayune – Florida

Tour de Picayune is a cross country bicycle race over the old trails and lands through the backwoods and swamps of Picayune Strand State Forest in Southwest Florida.

Dry sand, wet sand, rocks, soft gravel, hard gravel,  grass, logs and even some rough asphalt describe the range of riding surfaces; Generally, variations of soft, sandy trails that can change significantly in accordance to recent past as well as current weather, traffic, humidity and water levels, and it’s sometimes hard to predict the right tires or even the best bike for overall performance.

But the main point of this race is the tour, and this year it’s a 50 mile odyssey  ride (2 – 25 mile laps) in South Belle Meade that will be the course determining the first place finisher and the 2012 champion. The winner of first annual Tour de Picayune will have his/her name, hometown and year of victory placed at the top of the championship series cup winners roll for historical record and public display.

  • There are 3 distance classes to ride – 12.5, 25 and 50 miles.
  • All riders must be over 14, sign a liability waiver and wear a helmet.
  • 1 champion only – 50 mile course winner.
  • First, second and third place recognitions for each distance class.
  • Race packet pick-up and sign-in begins 7:30 am.
  • Race starts at 9:00 am for 50 & 25. 10 am for 12.5
  • Registration begins at 8 am. Pick up wagon starts at 1 pm.
  • Post race ceremonies begin at 4pm. Winner collects prizes and accolades.
  • Post race party at Snake pit camp.

*Entry Fees

  • Single entrant-    $40.00  ($50 day of race).
  •  Student entrant- $30.00  ($40 day of race).
  •  Family entrant-  $40 + $20 ea. add’l. family member.

Contact Wes Wilkins – Race director, for more information and registration.
e-mail: or call 239-353-1648 anytime.

2 Responses to Tour de Picayune – Florida

  1. Sevo January 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I really want to get down to do this. When can we get an airline sponsor Sven??

    • Tour De Picayune January 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      Just get here Bro and bring a friend…there is plenty of camping and gear on site (yes no charge) and depending on your needs Wes has some bikes. Get in touch. and Wes and I rode the Course today on a full suspension Cannondale with 2.35’s and it wore me out==i am going back to the Pug for sure….Although it has dried out a lot over the last couple of months the sand and soft conditions were brutal (for me) today.

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