Start order for Steamboat Challenge 2022

Attached is the start time document for the 2022 Tour de Gap Time Trial your’re registered for. It will be held tomorrow morning at Main Street Station in Buffalo Gap.  Please note that we do allow for walk up registration for any rider who would like to ride in the Time Trial.  Registration will close at 7:45 am.  Any walk up rider to register will go out first.

Your exact start time may be adjusted depending upon the number of walk-ups. As an example, if we have 2 walk ups that register, then your start time will be 2 minutes later.

However, it is critical that you go by the times posted here.  If your name is called and you miss your start time, the clock will start for your TT time.  WE WILL NOT WAIT ON YOU.

We will have this sheet as a handout in the morning as well as a riders’ guide to the TT course.  You can find this riders guide on our website at

Thank you for your participation in the 2022 Tour de Gap Time Trial.

We again  have the IHOP brunch, sponsored by IHOP and our other partners, followed by a short awards ceremony. Tour de Gap appreciates your participation in this weekend and the good it does, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow for a fun final event!


Mark Spurlock and Bill Minter, Tour de Gap Co-directors


Where to pin your bib number

This year your bib number has your lunch ticket and swag giveaway ticket on it. For visibility to the course spotters, please attach your bib number sheet as shown below:

Jersey showing location
Pin the sheet on the back of the jersey, on the left side. This way the course spotters will more easily identify you. The helmet number can be put on the front of your helmet to better identify you.

Here’s how to put your timing chip on the bike

We’re continuing to use a system used by a lot of big races around the country. You’ll still get a paper bib number and it goes on the left side of the back of your jersey. Your timing chip is contained in a peel-off strip that is at the top of the printed sheet you will receive at packet pickup. Carefully peel the long strip off the backing, taking care not to crimp or crease the chip. Then starting at the mid point, wrap it around the seat post of your bike. Then stick the two sides together evenly. The adhesive is strong, so if you have a special coating on your seat post, you might want to put masking tape around the post, and then put the chip piece on.

In the lower right of the sheet is a helmet sticker for the front of your helmet. The other stickers are just extra. There are two perforated tags at the bottom. The one on the left is for your lunch. The tag on the right is for the free swag raffle, which will be going on after the rides come in. Put that tag in the entry box at the north end of the Pavilion. You might just win something! Enjoy your time at Tour de Gap!

Helpful Hints and Safety Notes for Riders

Printable FAQ document

Packet Pick-up
Friday, July 22nd, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Biketown, 1789 Industrial Blvd., 79602. New registrations will be available Friday, but keep in mind the discounted registration ended on June 27.

Rest Stops
If you want ice in your bottle, take the top off and hold it for the volunteer, who will pour ice in the bottle with a scoop.

SAG Vehicles and Pick-Up
SAG Vehicles are available to assist with incidents and mechanical issues.

After the ride
We’ll have drawings from the participants’ names/numbers they turn in before starting the ride. Each distance will have its own swag raffle. For the timing, see the Schedule page.

Lunch after the ride
Your ticket will be a tear-off portion of your bike number. Extra lunch tickets are available for purchase when you register online or at the registration table Saturday morning.

When you arrive on Saturday July 23rd at Buffalo Gap
Settlers’ Reunion Grounds, east of the Elementary School, there is plenty of parking further to the east from FM 89. Packet pick-up is in the pavilion near the starting line. Find a nice spot to get ready and put your number on your bike.

Saturday Starting Line info
Look for your start time on the Schedule page. We use a single start time so everyone riding your distance gets the same time. Faster riders will gather toward the front.

When you arrive for the Steamboat Time Trial Challenge on Sunday July 24th at Main Street Station
Location for your GPS: 733 Main St, Buffalo Gap, TX 79508. Intersection of Litel St. (FM 613) at Main Street, at the south end of Buffalo Gap, after you pass the turnoff to Abilene State Park. Complimentary brunch inside. Awards ceremony to follow the Time Trial conclusion outside in the back yard.

COVID-19 Protocol considerations:

Check how you’re feeling
Before packet pick-up and heading to Buffalo Gap, do a self-check: How do you feel? Any temperature? If you or anyone in your household is not feeling up to par, best to stay home. If you begin feeling bad after you get to the venue, check in with the volunteers at the medical pop-up tent, which is located across the street and a little west of the starting line.

Masks, distancing and spectators
Masks are not required for riders in Tour de Gap.

All information provided on is for informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for health advice.

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