Wednesday, July 24, 2019
11:59 PM: Online registration closes. Day-of Registration and payment will be available beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Friday, July 26, 2019
Early Packet Pick-up, Biketown, 1789 Industrial Blvd., Abilene 79602
Inside: 10:00 a.m. until the store closes at 6:00 p.m.
Pre-Ride Party in the Parking Lot at Biketown
Outside in the parking lot: Packet Pick-up Continues, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 +
Music, hamburgers or hot dogs available (tentatively scheduled)
Saturday, July 27, 2019
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
8:00 a.m. 50K (31.6 mile) Start
followed by 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 28, 2019
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 sponsored by H-E-B
8:30 a.m. First Rider out
10:30 a.m. (approximate depending on number of riders)
Awards at Main Street Station
Put it on your calendar today – Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, 2019: this year’s edition of one of Texas’ premiere summer rides. This year registration will include a BBQ lunch for all Saturday ride registrants. And we’re bringing back the Steamboat Mountain Challenge Time Trial on Sunday along with the awards presentation and light brunch at Main Street Station in Buffalo Gap.
As you know, we survey what the participants in the Tour have to say every year, and we listen. Several have asked for a few more miles for the middle distance route, so we’re introducing a new middle distance ride: 31.6 miles, or 50K. It adds about 4 miles to the beautiful climb through Lemons Gap, then loops around Griffith Lake and rejoins the route. Here are the links to the large route maps:
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Thanks again to Steamboat Cycling Club member Dwayne Dove for shooting, editing and publishing this aerial video of the Challenge, a pretty tough hill climb that takes place on Sunday after the Tour de Gap. Starting at Main Street Station on the south side of Buffalo Gap, the course goes up Belle Plains Road before making a couple of turns to head up the north side of Steamboat Mountain. Check it out! And if you have any needs for someone to produce high quality aerial video, email Dwayne Dove!
We are happy to work with RunFar Racing Services, the largest and most experienced timing company around for our Saturday rides. The link below will lead you to Saturday, July 28th’s results in the 100k, 27 mile and 11 mile events:
Searchable results from 100k, 27 mile, 11 mile rides. (will open a new window)
Thanks for coming to Tour de Gap 2018!
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 Saturday last summer we got a group together and rode the 100k route to do some “recon” and help those who will ride in it this year get ready for the ride. Continue reading “BikeBlog: What’s the 100k course like?”
In July 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 the 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”
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!