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:

Talking about the Steamboat Challenge Time Trial at Main Street Station in Buffalo Gap

Tour de Gap co-directors Mark Spurlock (left) and Bill Minter (camera) visited with Alex Moore of Moore Property Group recently about the Sunday activities at this year’s ride. Started in 2018 to offer something extra to complement Saturday’s rides, the Steamboat Challenge this year has a new 20K route around Steamboat Mountain. A sponsored continental breakfast at Main Street Station (Litel St.-FM613 at Main St., on the south end of Buffalo Gap) will be before the Time Trial and an awards ceremony will follow. All activities will be outside this year.

Spend one or more nights in Abilene for Tour de Gap, Special Rates!

If you’re traveling to Tour de Gap, right up the road in Abilene we’ve got great choices for all kinds of hotel accommodations. For starters, here’s a link to the Abilene Convention & Visitors’ Bureau Hotel Finder. You can search for any number of criteria including Pets Allowed, type of pool and more. Below are some specific rates that are available for Tour de Gap visitors. These blocks are not guaranteed, but we think availability will be good. Thanks to the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau for their help!

Kids’ Krit: Returning but not until next year

One change we are making in view of COVID-19 concerns is that the Kids’ Krit will be postponed until next year. It was very popular last year for those youngsters who are staying around the Settlers’ Reunion Grounds. A short course gives the kids an opportunity to ride around obstacles in a course while other family members cheer them on.

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: https://www.strava.com/routes/16719205

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.
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 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: https://www.strava.com/routes/19356392

Registration is OPEN for 2020!

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.

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