Every participant at Tour de Gap receives a 12 page Rider Guide in their packet. This is an effort coordinated by Mark Spurlock, co-director of the Tour. In addition to all the route maps, sponsor recognition and other information it has all the history of this bike ride. Mark spent a lot of time at the library and also interviewing some of the early organizers and riders including Dr. Paul Schulze and Mike Thomesen. It is a good source for everything you need to know about the Tour while you’re in the Gap, and afterwards.