Plan now for the 2019 Tour de Gap – 37th year!

Put it on your calendar today – Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, 2019: this year’s edition of one of Texas’ premiere summer rides. We’re bringing back the Steamboat Mountain Challenge Time Trial on Sunday along with the awards presentation and light brunch at Main Street Station in Buffalo Gap.

We’re working on some news about the Saturday routes, and we’ll announce that before long. As you know, we survey what the participants in the Tour have to say every year, and we listen. Several have asked for a few more miles for the middle distance route, and we’re working on that right now. It will be in addition to the 100K and 11 mile routes. to be notified when we post the details, click on “Follow” in the lower right of your screen.

Dramatic aerial video of last year’s Steamboat Challenge Time Trial!

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Thanks again to Steamboat Cycling Club member Dwayne Dove for shooting, editing and publishing this aerial video of the Challenge, a pretty tough hill climb that takes place on Sunday after the Tour de Gap. Starting at Main Street Station on the south side of Buffalo Gap, the course goes up Belle Plains Road before making a couple of turns to head up the north side of Steamboat Mountain. Check it out! And if you have any needs for someone to produce high quality aerial video, email Dwayne Dove!

BikeBlog: A pre-ride of the 100k course

by Bill Minter

One of the things about serving as Tour de Gap co-director with my friend Mark Spurlock is that we no longer have time to ride in this fun event. At least not on the day of the Tour. On a recent Saturday we got a group together and rode the 100k route to do some “recon” and help those who will ride in it get ready for Saturday, July 28.

Yep, it was hot… and humid that day. I felt like I did in my first few Tours… “can I just make it?” Not being in my best form this year, I knew I wouldn’t have a very fast time. But with total elevation gain of a nearly 2,000 ft, it would be the challenge it always has been.

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We’ve got a little climb, a big climb and then on US 277 and FM 89, a bunch of short but tough ones. My Garmin said 2,096 ft. climbing and I’m going with that.

We had 12 riders meeting at the Old Settlers’ Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap, starting out at 7:30 near the starting line. Continue reading “BikeBlog: A pre-ride of the 100k course”

Coming to TdG? Think about Sunday too

Just a couple of more weeks and it’ll be time to head over to Buffalo Gap and the Tour de Gap. The Saturday headquarters is the same, the Old Settlers’ Reunion grounds under the giant oak trees. If you stay for Sunday’s Steamboat Challenge Time Trial, we’ll have a new starting line over at Main Street Station, on the south side of town. TdG co-director Mark Spurlock interviews Alex Moore about the Sunday location: Continue reading “Coming to TdG? Think about Sunday too”

Big Brothers/Sisters, TdG and FDLIC: a Great Combination

Executive Director Mark Rogers visits with Angie and Patrick, representing the insurance company FDLIC and a couple of “Littles.” They’re why we say Tour de Gap is a great ride for a great cause. Be sure and join us July 28-29 for a great time that benefits Big Brothers-Big Sisters!

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