Routes for 2021 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 2021
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.  This route has a short 2.3 mile stretch of packed gravel to ride. It is at the 38 mile mark (CR184) and will be marked in advance.  Check out the new 100K route here: https://www.strava.com/routes/16719205 and the gravel segment here

50K Route returns from previous years
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.
https://www.strava.com/routes/16312271

11 Mile Route for everybody and especially for families
https://www.strava.com/routes/5318047

New Time 20K Trial Route for 2021
For the Steamboat Mountain Time Trial, we are making a change from finishing on top of Steamboat Mountain, which we did in 2019.   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: https://www.strava.com/routes/19356392

100K has some gravel!

We’ve routed riders away from the busy and chip-sealed Hwy 277 and have a new route mostly on county and FM roads. It even includes a couple of miles of gravel. Have a look:

Kids’ Krit: Returning for 2021!

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.

Registration is OPEN for 2021!

BikeReg.com

BikeReg is the leading bike event registration service in the U.S. For over 20 years their team has earned the trust of riders and event directors from coast to coast for their security, features and reporting. We encourage you to head over to BikeReg.com for your registration and complete it online. 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.

Schedule for 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
11:59 PM: Online registration closes. Registration and payment will be available Friday at Biketown 9 am to 6 pm and beginning at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Friday, July 23, 2021
Early Packet Pick-up, Biketown parking lot, 1789 Industrial Blvd., Abilene 79602. Drive-through packet pickup, 9:00 a.m. until the store closes at 6:00 p.m. New Registrations and Payment: in the parking lot tent at Biketown. For more information about special procedures this year see the COVID-19 page.

Packet Pickup diagram

Saturday, July 24, 2021
Packet Pick-up at the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds.
6:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for 100K riders, 50K riders and 11 mile riders
Please register online now or at Biketown on Friday because race day registration will likely not be offered this year.
Put your swag raffle ticket (tear it off your bike number sheet) in the box as you are lining up and you might win a prize!

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

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 – your ticket is part of your bike number sheet. If you have ordered a 2nd lunch it will be noted on the ticket.

1:30 p.m. Course Closes

Sunday, July 25, 20217:30 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.

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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