Tom Dula’s Revenge
Many have heard the local legend of Tom Dula.
Now, it’s hitting the road – literally.
Pirate Race Productions has announced its newest event, Tom Dula’s Revenge Spring Classic Race and Gravel FUNdo in Wilkesboro.
Set for Sunday, June 2, the event is named for Tom “Dooley” Dula, and cyclists will pass the site of his infamous hanging, which has been recounted in folk tales and traditional music for more than a century.
Like Pirate Race Productions’ 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 who 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, organizers Andrew Stackhouse said.
Held on April 20, this year, Boone-Roubaix — better known as “The Hell of the High Country” — attracted participants from 14 states, who spent more than $33,000 while visiting the area, and raised nearly $2,000 for charity and area 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 Aug. 11 and Three Peaks USA UltraCross at the Banner Elk Winery and Villa Sept. 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,” said Dyer, a former professional racer and owner 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 http://www.bikereg.com for $50 through Thursday, May 30. Registration will also be available on race day, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for $60.
For more information, including the course map, directions and lodging information, visit http://www.bikehighcountry.com/TomDula or like the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TomDulasRevenge.