BikeBlog: A pre-ride of the 100k course

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 recent Saturday we got a group together and rode the 100k route to do some “recon” and help those who will ride in it get ready for Saturday, July 28.

Yep, it was hot… and humid that day. I felt like I did in my first few Tours… “can I just make it?” Not being in my best form this year, I knew I wouldn’t have a very fast time. But with total elevation gain of a nearly 2,000 ft, it would be the challenge it always has been.

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We’ve got a little climb, a big climb and then on US 277 and FM 89, a bunch of short but tough ones. My Garmin said 2,096 ft. climbing and I’m going with that.

We had 12 riders meeting at the Old Settlers’ Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap, starting out at 7:30 near the starting line. Continue reading “BikeBlog: A pre-ride of the 100k course”

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