Tour de Gap 2018: July 28th and 29th

Mark your calendars for this year’s Tour de Gap, the 36th edition of this summertime great ride in the hills of West Central Texas!

Saturday, July 28th and Sunday July 29th are the dates, as always the fourth weekend in July. Tour de Gap offers rides for beginners to competitive racers. Many use it as prep for HH100 or other events, long or short. We’ll again offer distances of 11 miles, 27 miles, and 100K (62.5 miles). Check back this spring, as we may finalize plans for an intermediate route of 30 to 40 miles.

On Sunday morning we are again having the Steamboat Challenge Time Trial — a 7.2 mile individual timed hill climb up Steamboat Mountain, near Buffalo Gap. This year we’ll have a finish line celebration on the top of the mesa east of Buffalo Gap.

The Schedule:

Friday, July 27th:
10:00 am to 6:00 pm: Packet Pickup, Biketown, 1789 Industrial Blvd., Abilene 79602 (optional)

Saturday, July 28th:
6:30 to 7:15: On-site Registration and Packet Pickup
Old Settlers’ Reunion Grounds, 100 Vine St, Buffalo Gap, TX 79508

7:30 am: Ride begins (a little earlier than previous years); riders roll out by distance

Swag Raffles:
11 mile – 9:30 am
27 mile – 10:30 am
100K – 12:15 pm

Course Closes: 1:30 pm

Sunday, July 29th:
7:30 to 7:45 am: Registration and positioning for Steamboat Challenge Time Trial
8:30 am: Riders begin departing in 1 minute increments
10:30 am: Approximate finish of last rider and presentation of winners2018-cycling-holidays

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35 years of the Tour

Along with new and expanded routes, you’ll find a 12 page keepsake guide in your packets when you arrive at the Tour de Gap. As part of the guide, co-director Mark Spurlock has put together the first history of the Tour. By talking with tour pioneers such as Paul Schulze and Mike Thomesen and spending a lot of time looking through files at the library, he found that while the Tour has been consistently one of the most popular annual rides west of the I-35 corridor, it has changed and grown over the years. Continue reading “35 years of the Tour”

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