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!

Tour de Gap Routes for 2018

Tour de Gap 2018 Routes are ready to roll with a new starting line for Sunday!

Saturday July 28:
The 100K Metric Century makes its return, plus the traditional 27 mile and 11 mile routes. Remember the earlier start time this year, 7:30 a.m. Registration closes at 7:15 a.m.

TOUR DE GAP 100K (62.5 MILE) ROUTE

TOUR DE GAP 27 MILE ROUTE

TOUR DE GAP 11 MILE ROUTE

Sunday July 29:
STEAMBOAT MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE TIME TRIAL 7.79 MILES

Steamboat Mountain Challenge first rider off at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

See a 3-D Video of Sunday’s course

Please note the starting line has been moved to the Main Street Station in Buffalo Gap, which adds about .8 mile to the course. Main Street Station is at the intersection of Litel (FM 613) and Main Street, on the south side of BGap after the FM 89 turnoff to the Abilene State Park.

* All Saturday routes will close at 1:30 pm. *

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