Start order for Steamboat Challenge 2022

Attached is the start time document for the 2022 Tour de Gap Time Trial your’re registered for. It will be held tomorrow morning at Main Street Station in Buffalo Gap.  Please note that we do allow for walk up registration for any rider who would like to ride in the Time Trial.  Registration will close at 7:45 am.  Any walk up rider to register will go out first.

Your exact start time may be adjusted depending upon the number of walk-ups. As an example, if we have 2 walk ups that register, then your start time will be 2 minutes later.

However, it is critical that you go by the times posted here.  If your name is called and you miss your start time, the clock will start for your TT time.  WE WILL NOT WAIT ON YOU.

We will have this sheet as a handout in the morning as well as a riders’ guide to the TT course.  You can find this riders guide on our website at tourdegap.com.

Thank you for your participation in the 2022 Tour de Gap Time Trial.

We again  have the IHOP brunch, sponsored by IHOP and our other partners, followed by a short awards ceremony. Tour de Gap appreciates your participation in this weekend and the good it does, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow for a fun final event!

Sincerely,

Mark Spurlock and Bill Minter, Tour de Gap Co-directors

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Where to pin your bib number

This year your bib number has your lunch ticket and swag giveaway ticket on it. For visibility to the course spotters, please attach your bib number sheet as shown below:

Jersey showing location
Pin the sheet on the back of the jersey, on the left side. This way the course spotters will more easily identify you. The helmet number can be put on the front of your helmet to better identify you.

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

We’re continuing to use 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 the back 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. The adhesive is strong, so if you have a special coating on your seat post, you might want to put masking tape around the post, and then put the chip piece on.

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. 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. You might just win something! Enjoy your time at Tour de Gap!

Showers at 2 locations this year

Two convenient places are available this year for showers after the ride:

Buffalo Gap Presbyterian Camp is located right down Cherry Street across from the Buffalo Gap City Hall. It’s about a quarter mile from the finish line. When you enter the main entrance, look for the Bath House, where there are 6 clean showers for each gender. You can leave a donation if you wish, but it’s not required. For your GPS, here’s the location: 700 Litel St, Buffalo Gap, TX 79508, USA

We’re also thankful to our friends at the Abilene State Park and Texas Parks & Wildlife for allowing riders in for showers again. Show your bib number to the staffer at the gate, tell them you’re there for a shower, and the daily access fee will be waived. 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.

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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