May 3, 2013. Pirate Race Productions is excited to announce our newest event, Tom Dula’s Revenge Spring Classic Race and Gravel FUNdo in Wilkesboro, North Carolina on Sunday, June 2, 2013. The event is named for Tom “Dooley” Dula, and cyclists will pass the site of his infamous hanging, which been celebrated in folk tales and traditional music for over a century.
Like Pirate Race Productions’ hugely successful event Boone-Roubaix, Tom Dula’s Revenge will test riders on a 50 mile course including 15 miles of the unpaved roads where NASCAR was born. In a nod to the historic role Wilkesboro played in the incubation of American auto racing, the event will start and finish on the smoking pavement of the Wilkesboro Raceway Park drag strip. Tom Dula’s Revenge will include both a race, and a “Gravel FUNdo” for recreational riders want to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge foothills at a leisurely pace.
Tom Dula’s Revenge looks to build upon the fun had by hundreds of cyclists at Pirate Race Productions’ annual event, Boone-Roubaix. Held on April 20, this year “The Hell of the High Country” attracted participants from 14 states who spent over $33,000 while visiting the area, and raised nearly $2,000 for charity and local first responders. Tom Dula’s Revenge also follows Boone-Roubaix as the second stop in the Capo Cycling Apparel King of Pain Series, along with The Ascent Hill Climb at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club on August 11, and Three Peaks USA UltraCross at the Banner Elk Winery and Villa on September 22.
According to Sonni Dyer, the King of Pain Series leader for the 40 to 49 year old age group, Tom Dula’s Revenge offers one of the best courses he has ever seen, “This one’s a home run.” Says Dyer, a former professional racer and owner of of Studio7 Multisport coaching services, “The course takes the best features of Boone-Roubaix, but has more variety, and that is exactly why it’s my new favorite.”
Cyclists of all ages and abilities can register online at BikeReg.com for $50 through Thursday, April 50. Registration will also be available on race day from 7:30AM to 8:30AM for $60. For more information, including the course map, directions, and lodging info, visit the event website at BikeHighCountry.com/TomDula or like the Facebook page at Facebook.com/TomDulasRevenge.