Note: We will update this page for 2021 as more information about protocols becomes available The below information is subject to change for this year, but please continue to minimize your risk of infection during this period. Stay healthy!
We’ve added this page to let you know the changes this year that we are making in order to minimize the risk of transmission of any communicable disease as well as some reminders as you prepare for the ride. The following information is based on up to date guidelines published by the C.D.C., W.H.O. and USA Cycling. Safety has always been a primary concern at Tour de Gap. However, YOU have the responsibility to not spread the virus and to not contract the virus.
Encouraging Online Registration
An earlier than usual deadline for online registration: Tuesday, July 21st, midnight. On-site registration will be limited.
Check how you’re feeling
Before packet pick-up and heading to Buffalo Gap, do a self-check: How do you feel? Any temperature? If you or anyone in your household is not feeling up to par, best to stay home. If you begin feeling bad after you get to the venue, check in with the volunteers at the medical pop-up tent, which is located across the street and a little west of the starting line.
Masks, distancing and spectators
Masks are not mandatory for riders in Tour de Gap. However, masks are advised whenever you are under the pavilion, in the registration area or in the seating area around the Settlers’ Reunion Grounds. Masks are effective in reducing the spread of the virus from YOU to others, and they keep you from touching your face. It’s best to keep spectators in your party to a minimum and remind everybody to maintain distancing. It’s a good idea to carry a personal size container of hand sanitizer while on the road.
Drive-thru Packet Pick-up
Friday, July 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Biketown, 1789 Industrial Blvd., 79602. Enter the parking lot, tell the volunteer your name, at the next station you’ll be given your preregistration packet including bib number.
When you arrive on Saturday July 25th at Buffalo Gap
Settlers’ Reunion Grounds, east of the Elementary School, there is plenty of parking further east to avoid crowding and lines. Find a nice spot to get ready and put your number on your bike.
When you arrive for the Steamboat Challenge on Sunday July 26th at Main Street Station
Litel St. (FM 613) at Main Street, at the south end of Buffalo Gap, after you pass the turnoff to Abilene State Park. Gather outside, reserve inside for restroom only. Awards ceremony to follow the Time Trial conclusion outside in the back yard.
Restrooms at the Settlers Reunion Grounds
We will have both a larger portable restroom with handwashing sinks and regular portable toilets with hand sanitizer available at the Reunion Grounds. At rest stops volunteers will offer hand sanitizer and wipe down handles of the units.
Designated time slots for your ride start
There will be windows of approximately 20 minutes for riders in each distance to start their ride. Head to the “chute” leading up to the start line. Tear off the swag raffle tab on your bike number and hand it to the volunteer, who will arrange you with physical distance recommendations in mind, either two abreast or single file. Your chip will register your start time when you roll over the timing mat.
On the road
A tight paceline is not recommended. Two abreast is advisable with at least 6 feet separation. For following riders, a distance of 20 feet+ is advised. Try to avoid spitting or blowing your nose anywhere on the course. If you have to cough. sneeze or blow your nose, drop back and ensure no one is in your slip stream.
We will have individual bottles of water and sports drink at each rest stop, and individually packaged goodies. Riders pick up their own packages from the table. If you want ice in your bottle, take the top off and hold it for the volunteer, who will pour ice in the bottle with a scoop.
SAG Vehicles and Pick-Up
SAG Vehicles are available to assist with incidents and mechanical issues. Drivers will be wearing masks whenever there is a passenger in the vehicle. Rather than attempt to fix a mechanical problem on the course, you and your bike will be brought back to the venue.
After the ride
We’ll have drawings from the participants’ names/numbers they turn in before starting the ride. Each distance will have its own swag raffle. For the timing, see the schedule page.
Lunch after the ride
We plan on again having BBQ sandwiches from The Shed, but they will be served as a sack lunch instead of in a buffet line. Your ticket will be a tear-off portion of your bike number.
Our decision to hold Tour de Gap as scheduled was informed by the best advice we could obtain. While West Texas is far from free of the virus, our smaller participant fields, mostly local participation and outdoor setting help reduce the risk. We invite you to come to Tour de Gap 2020 and have fun getting out!
Update in regard to June 26 Texas Governor Executive Orders:
All indications from Taylor County and Buffalo Gap officials are that Tour de Gap may proceed on schedule. If statewide rules change we will update our communications immediately.
Who is at risk for COVID-19?
Information from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization:
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- The virus spreads easily between people
- How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.
- The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.
The virus may be spread in other ways
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.
Who is at risk for COVID-19?
The virus that causes COVID-19 infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people (that is people over 60 years old); and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer). The risk of severe disease gradually increases with age starting from around 40 years. It’s important that adults in this age range protect themselves and in turn protect others that may be more vulnerable.
WHO has issued advice for these two groups and for community support to ensure that they are protected from COVID-19 without being isolated, stigmatized, left in a position of increased vulnerability or unable to access basic provisions and social care.
All information provided on TourdeGap.com is for informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for health advice.