Gearing up for Tour de Gap 2017!

We’re gearing up for the 35th Annual Tour de Gap! This summer, we’re planning some pretty awesome things to help celebrate its 35th riding:

Saturday, July 22, 2017: The same selection of routes you’ve come to love, plus we’re stretching out the 52 miler to become a Metric Century! (62 mi.)
Sunday, July 23, 2017: A brand-new morning event revolving around a 7.2 mile hill climb, the hardest one in the hills of the Callahan Divide!

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Tour de Gap 2016 is in the Books

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Gap last year! We had some great riders, amazing volunteers, and a fun event. Even better, we managed to raise a good bit of money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Way to go!

For those interested, here is the link to the results over at Cadence Sports: Tour de Gap 2016 Results

Go ahead and save the date for Tour de Gap 2017, July 22 & 23, 2017. We hope to see you back at the Gap!

Tour de Gap 2017 Schedule

Be part of the Tour’s 35th year! Registration, packet, and timing chip pickup will be from 6:30-7:45 am. Please allow enough time to be through the line by 7:45. Everyone will need to pick up their ride number, timing chip, and event shirt. Preregistered riders will have separate lines from those registering the day of, and will simply need to check in and pick up their items.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

6:30 – 7:45 am:  Registration/Packet Pickup

7:50:  Line up at the start area/Pre-ride announcements

8:00:  100k start/27 mile start/11 mile start

9:45*:  11 mile swag raffle**

10:45*:  27 mile swag raffle**

11:45:  100k mile prizes*

12:15*:  100k swag raffle**

Ticket Raffle

1:30:  Race course closes

* Swag raffle and prize times might be a little after the scheduled time. They will start when most of the riders from each route have finished.

** Must be present to claim swag raffle/prize


Sunday, July 23, 2017Steamboat Mountain Challenge Individual Time Trial Hill Climb

7:00 – 8:50 am: Gather for instructions. Spectators/Family & Friends position on the course

9:00: First rider in the Individual Time Trial

Riders start thereafter at one minute intervals. Last rider time determined by number of entrants.

Approximately 10:45 am: Final rider finishes

(showers available at Abilene State Park)

 

Tour de Gap Riders: Where they’re from

Pretty amazing info that Bikereg gives you. We wondered where Tour de Gap riders came from, since we’re getting ready for the 35th annual. So we put it all in a blender by hometown zip code, and found out that while there are a bunch from the Key City of Abilene, we see riders from the Permian Basin, lots from San Angelo, and cities all over Texas and elsewhere. Call a friend or two and suggest you all head to the shady oak trees of the Old Settlers’ Ground at Buffalo Gap for 2017’s Tour, July 22!

Maps-registrants

Tour de Gap Routes

Note: Tour de Gap 2017 Routes have not been published yet, but we expect to by April 1st. We are working out the details on the best way to provide a 100k, 62 mile route in addition to the other ones.

In the meantime, here are the route maps for the 2016 Tour de Gap. Road construction in the area has finally been completed, so we are able to return to the original routes. This means that the 11 mile route will be less hilly! There are three distances to choose from: 52 miles, 27 miles, and 11 miles.

TOUR DE GAP 52 MILE ROUTE

TOUR DE GAP 27 MILE ROUTE

TOUR DE GAP 11 MILE ROUTE

All routes will close at 1:00 pm. *

Tour de Gap 2016 Registration

Registration for the 2016 Tour de Gap is open. Head over to BikeReg to register for one of the three routes. The construction that has been going on the last few years has been completed, so the routes will go back to what they were a few years ago. There are three distances to choose from: 11, 27, and 52 miles.

This year, we are excited to announce that Tour de Gap will be benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Come on out to the Gap on Saturday, July 23 and enjoy a great ride for a great cause!

Tour de Gap 2016 Registration

Tour de Gap 2016

Even though the weather doesn’t make it feel like summer is quickly approaching, it is! Make sure and save the date for Tour de Gap 2016. Our annual ride benefiting the Food Bank of West Central Texas will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Make plans to come out to the Old Settlers’ Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap, TX, and join in a great ride for a great cause!

Tour de Gap 2015 Results

Thank you to everyone who came out to The Gap today! Our riders, volunteers, and sponsors were all amazing. Each of you is important in this annual benefit ride to raise money for the Food Bank. We can’t do it without you!

I’m sure what you really want is the link to the results, so here it is: Tour de Gap 2015 Results.

Title Sponsor: BikeTown

Jim and Kelly MacDonald had a strong desire to establish a bicycle store in Abilene, TX that would convey their love of cycling, offer experienced bicycle technicians, and, at the same time, benefit the community. That desire became reality when BikeTown opened in April 1997. For 18 years now, BikeTown has served customers of all types and has been able to share their love of cycling. These customers include families, recreational riders, road and off-road racers, duathletes, and triathletes. These customers cover a wide spectrum of people which BikeTown loves to see. They love to help all types of cyclists reach their cycling goals.

The MacDonalds’ second goal was to provide experienced technicians in their store. Their technicians have over 75 years of experience among them. They have been working on bikes since before websites existed! You won’t find more experienced technicians for miles. They know bicycles inside and out and can answer any of your questions. They not only have years of experience, they are also continually looking to improve. BikeTown’s technicians attend tech clinics and trade shows throughout the year to learn from others in the industry and pass that knowledge on to you. With thousands of bike fittings under their belts, you can trust these technicians to know what they are doing and assist you with whatever bicycle question you have. They truly want to help you with your ride and cycling experience, not simply fix your bike or sell you the latest fad or gadget.

In addition to great technicians, great service, and sharing the love of cycling,  Jim and Kelly wanted to make sure to give back to the community that has supported them over the years. They do that by offering free workshops, partnering with Abilene Bicycling Club to lead road rides and put on time trials (both on and off road), raising thousands of dollars for the Food Bank by organizing the Tour de Gap, and raising money for the local police department through Bent Wheel Bash, an annual mountain bike race that BikeTown organizes. BikeTown also gives away a multitude of inventory, including bikes, to help benefit non-profits in town. Additionally, they help sponsor Steam N’ Wheels, the city’s annual ride. BikeTown works with classes from the local universities as well as boy scout troops to help teach bike safety and maintenance, and offers free bicycle maintenance classes to their customers. All of the things that BikeTown organizes are really Jim and Kelly’s way of saying thanks to Abilene for their support and patronage throughout the years. To everyone who has shopped at BikeTown – you are appreciated immensely. Every time you shop at BikeTown you help continue all the events and programs that BikeTown is involved with in Abilene. Thank you!

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