Helpful Hints and Safety Notes for Riders

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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 ends on July 20.

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.

Registration Now Open

Head over to BikeReg for all the details and get registered! Register as early as possible – assuring you of receiving a T-shirt. The early pricing will end on Wednesday July 20, so be sure and get it done. To register, click on the logo below:

Showers at the Abilene State Park

Ryan Hunter, Park Ranger at Abilene State Park, has confirmed that the park will again welcome riders from Tour de Gap without the usual park entrance fee after your ride on Saturday and Sunday. Just tell the entrance personnel you’re there for a shower and show them your bib number. The State Park is a beautiful place just down the road about 4 miles. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is renowned for its architecture and nature trails.

Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32 Tuscola, TX 79562

Thanks to Ryan and Texas Parks & Wildlife!

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

This year we’re making a change, going to 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 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.

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. If you have paid for another sandwich, you will have a notation on the tag when you receive your packet. 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. Enjoy your time at Tour de Gap!

Routes for 2022 announced

We are excited to announce all the routes return for 2022. Consider staying over for Sunday’s 20K Steamboat Challenge Time Trial on Sunday morning!

100K Route for 2022
This route makes use of some of the prettiest county roads in southern Taylor County including a return to Buffalo Gap on some fun rolling hills through ranchland. Due to some construction on US Hwy 83, we’ll be making the loop past Lemons Gap Rd two times.  Check out the 100K route here: All routes are subject to change due to conditions and current construction

100K route is coded ORANGE with signage, wristbands and in all print material.

50K Route returns this year with less auto traffic
Usually the most popular route, the 50K winds among the hills and the Lemons Gap area, returning through the Rode Ranch and by Abilene State Park to Buffalo Gap.

50K route is coded BLUE with signage, wristbands and in all print material.

11 Mile Route – our traditional favorite for everybody and especially for families

11 Mile route is coded GREEN with signage, wristbands and in all print material.

Time 20K Trial Route returns for this year
For the Steamboat Mountain Time Trial, We have the start and finish at the Main Street Station that we have used over the last couple of years.  This 20K route heads north out of Buffalo Gap and incorporates the climbs on Belle Plains and CR150. Please keep in mind that we limit the total number of riders to 60; so be sure and register ASAP! Check out the 20K Time Trial route here:

Kids’ Krit: Returning for 2022!

The very popular Kids’ Krit will be making a return this year! This is a special event for those youngsters who are staying around the Settlers’ Reunion Grounds. A short course nearby gives the kids an opportunity to ride around obstacles in a course while other family members cheer them on. To participate, see one of the volunteers at the Pavilion after 9:00 on Saturday.

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