All about the Steamboat Challenge for Sunday July 26

Here is a PDF file that has the details about the new route for the Steamboat Challenge Individual Time Trial. Includes each segment’s distance and elevation change. Join us as a rider or a spectator at Main Street Station on the south end of Buffalo Gap (FM 613 and Litel St.) for a complimentary brunch and the awards ceremony. This year the finish line will be at Main Street Station. Not registered? You can add it to your registration at BikeReg.

A note about watching spots for your fans: Best place for spectators to cheer on your favorite rider will probably be near the climb on Belle Plains Road (CR 359, off Buffalo Gap Rd FM 89). After the riders pass you can return to Main Street Station by way of Buffalo Gap. We are trying to avoid a lot of return car traffic that would conflict with the riders on CR 150, the segment called “Nuisance.”

Routes for 2020 announced

We are excited to announce that we have a new 100K route for this year’s Tour de Gap on Saturday and a 20K route for the Steamboat Mountain Time Trial on Sunday morning!

NEW 100K Route for 2020
In our surveys over the past few years, you have asked if there was any way to move the 100K route off US Hwy 277.  We realized that 11 mile stretch of road is very busy with traffic as well as a rough shoulder.  Therefore, we were able to maintain the 100K distance and use some nice county roads in southern Taylor County that will brings us back to FM89 on the way back to Buffalo Gap.  Also, we will have about a 2 mile stretch of gravel to ride on as well!  Check out the new 100K route here:

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

11 Mile Route for everybody and especially for families

New Time 20K Trial Route for 2020
For the Steamboat Mountain Time Trial, we are making a change from finishing on top of Steamboat Mountain.   This year we will have the start and finish at the Main Street Station that we have used over the last couple of years.  This 20K route will head north out of Buffalo Gap and incorporate the climbs on Belle Plains and CR150.  We are hoping that with this new route and not having “da Beast” to climb up Steamboat Mtn. will provide more riders for the Sunday morning TT.  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:

Registration is OPEN for 2020!

Head over to for your registration. There you can find all the options for specifying your T-shirt size, ordering an extra lunch or shirt and choosing your ride. You’ll get a confirmation email after completing your registration. And don’t forget to consider making an extra donation for the organization that we do this for, and that makes it all possible, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of West Central Texas.

Plan for Tour de Gap 2020 – July 25 & 26!

Plan now for the new decade’s Tour de Gap, our 38th and one of Texas’ classic summer rides. The two-day event has been growing in popularity each year. Come advance your mid-summer training with this beautiful ride winding through the hills of the north Edwards Plateau, and winding up in Buffalo Gap under the centuries-old live oak trees at the historic Settlers’ Reunion Grounds.

Schedule for 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
11:59 PM: Online registration closes. Registration and payment will be available Friday at Biketown 10 am to 6 pm and beginning at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Friday, July 24, 2020
Early Packet Pick-up, Biketown, 1789 Industrial Blvd., Abilene 79602
Inside: 9:00 a.m. until the store closes at 6:00 p.m. For more information about special procedures this year see the COVID-19 page.

Packet Pickup diagram

Saturday, July 25, 2020
On-site Registration and Payment at the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds
6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. for 100K riders, 50K riders and 11 mile riders
7:35 to 7:45 a.m. for 50K riders and 11 mile riders

7:30 a.m. 100K Start
7:50 a.m. 50K (31.6 mile) Start
8:00 a.m. 11 mile Start

After 11 milers come in – Award Prizes and Swag Raffle
After 50K riders come in – Award Prizes and Swag Raffle
After 100K riders come in – Award Prizes and Swag Raffle

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. BBQ Lunch served

1:30 p.m. Course Closes

Sunday, July 26, 2020

7:30 a.m. Registration for the Steamboat Challenge Time Trial
Main Street Station, Litle St. (FM 613) at Main Street, south part of Buffalo Gap
Free Continental breakfast available
8:30 a.m. First Rider out
10:30 a.m. (approximate depending on number of riders)
Awards at Main Street Station

Times are subject to change, check times the week before Tour de Gap.

2019 Results

Great weather, a beautiful day resulted in some fast times for this year’s Tour de Gap. Here are Saturday’s results in PDF format:

Results in PDF format from Saturday:

11Mile 2019
50K 2019
100K 2019

Searchable results for all 3 races from Saturday
(choose your race on the left)

Here are Sunday’s Time Trial results:

2019 Tour de Gap Steamboat Mtn TT Final Results

Thanks everyone for making Tour de Gap such an enjoyable time, and we look forward to seeing you this year on July 25 and 26! Stay tuned here for more information soon.

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 38th 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 2020’s Tour, July 25 and 26!

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