Prizes, Raffles, and Food

There will be all sorts of goodies available at Tour de Gap. First, the top 3 finishers in each age category of the 56 mile route will receive prizes. Second, all three routes will have their own swag raffle. Just keep your ride number handy after you finish and you can enter into the swag raffle for your route. If your number is drawn you’ll get to choose an item from the swag pile that has been donated by BikeTown. You do have to be present to win the prizes and swag.

There will also be a separate ticket raffle. BikeTown will be raffling off a Cyclops Mag Trainer, retail value of $200, with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Tickets will be available for purchase at the venue. Tickets are $2 per ticket or 3 tickets for $5. The winner will be drawn after the 56 mile swag raffle. You do not have to be present to win the ticket raffle, but if your name is drawn and you are not there, you will need to come to BikeTown to pick up the trainer.

Food will be available at the venue for all riders. There will be fruit as well as La Popular burritos. These are included in your entry fee. We have added something new this year – Cajun Cones! Bring a couple of bucks for a cool, refreshing Cajun Cone after you finish your ride. Looking at the weather forecast, a Cajun Cone will definitely hit the spot!

We look forward to seeing you at the Gap!

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Tour de Gap 2014 Schedule

Here is the schedule for Saturday. Registration, packet, and timing chip pickup will be from 6:30-7:45 am. Please allow enough time to be through the line by 7:45. Everyone will need to pick up their ride number, timing chip, and event shirt. Preregistered riders will have separate lines from those registering the day of, and will simply need to check in and pick up their items.

6:30 – 7:45 am:  Registration/Packet Pickup

7:50:  Line up at the start area/Pre-ride announcements

8:00:  56 mile start

28 mile start
11 mile start

9:00:  Brunch/lunch will be available at the registration area

9:45*:  11 mile swag raffle**

10:45*:  28 mile swag raffle**

11:30:  56 mile prizes

12:00*:  56 mile swag raffle**

Ticket Raffle

1:00:  Race course closes

* Swag raffle times might be a little after the scheduled time. They will start when most of the riders from each route have finished.

** Must be present to claim swag raffle/prize

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Title Sponsor: BikeTown

Jim and Kelly MacDonald had a strong desire to establish a bicycle store in Abilene, TX that would convey their love of cycling, offer experienced bicycle technicians, and, at the same time, benefit the community. That desire became reality when BikeTown opened in April 1997. For 17 years now, BikeTown has served customers of all types and has been able to share their love of cycling. These customers include families, recreational riders, road and off-road racers, duathletes, and triathletes. These customers cover a wide spectrum of people which BikeTown loves to see. They love to help all types of cyclists reach their cycling goals.

The MacDonalds’ second goal was to provide experienced technicians in their store. Their technicians have over 100 years of experience among them. They have been working on bikes since before websites existed! You won’t find more experienced technicians for miles. They know bicycles inside and out and can answer any of your questions. They not only have years of experience, they are also continually looking to improve. BikeTown’s technicians attend tech clinics and trade shows throughout the year to learn from others in the industry and pass that knowledge on to you. With thousands of bike fittings under their belts, you can trust these technicians to know what they are doing and assist you with whatever bicycle question you have. They truly want to help you with your ride and cycling experience, not simply fix your bike or sell you the latest fad or gadget.

In addition to great technicians, great service, and sharing the love of cycling,  Jim and Kelly wanted to make sure to give back to the community that has supported them over the years. They do that by offering free workshops, partnering with Abilene Bicycling Club to lead road rides and put on time trials (both on and off road), raising thousands of dollars for the Food Bank by organizing the Tour de Gap, and raising money for the local police department through Bent Wheel Bash, an annual mountain bike race that BikeTown organizes. BikeTown’s newest event, Hammer Down Du, is a duathlon benefiting Habitat for Humanity. BikeTown also gives away a multitude of inventory, including bikes, to help benefit non-profits in town. Additionally, they help sponsor Steam N’ Wheels, the city’s annual ride. BikeTown works with classes from the local universities as well as boy scout troops to help teach bike safety and maintenance, and offers free bicycle maintenance classes to their customers. All of the things that BikeTown organizes are really Jim and Kelly’s way of saying thanks to Abilene for their support and patronage throughout the years. To everyone who has shopped at BikeTown – you are appreciated immensely. Every time you shop at BikeTown you help continue all the events and programs that BikeTown is involved with in Abilene. Thank you!

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Wheel Sponsor: Domino’s Pizza

Domino's PizzaDomino’s Pizza evolved from one pizza store in Ypsilanti, Mich. to the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. They immerse themselves in the towns and cities where they make and safely deliver pizzas every day, because they believe in giving back to the communities that support them.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Domino’s is committed to supporting initiatives and causes in its hometown while also participating in national programs that align with their company vision and guiding principles. They look forward to building on a heritage of delivering to their customers and communities in which they live and work.

Not sure what to do for dinner? Give Domino’s a call.

1125 East North 10th St . Abilene, TX 79601 .325-677-3030

1806 S Clack . Abilene, TX 79605 . 325-695-3030

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T-Shirts and Registration

Make sure you register for Tour de Gap 2014 this weekend in order to guarantee the correct size t-shirt. All entries get a shirt, but only those preregistered online by this Sunday are guaranteed the correct size. For everyone else, it will be first come, first served. Here’s the link to registration: Tour de Gap 2014 Registration

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Wheel Sponsor: Levrets Ink

Levrets Ink has been the t-shirt company of choice for the Tour de Gap the last few years. We have used them for t-shirts, but that is not all they do. Levrets can also print bags, caps, koozies, sweats, and custom jobs. They do a lot of work for schools,  clubs, churches, and sports groups. If you have a need for custom t-shirts, they can help you out. They are able to work from customers’ artwork, but if artwork is not your forte, Levrets has an in-house graphic designer who can design whatever you need. Give them a call. They do a great job!

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Wheel Sponsor: Abilene Bicycling Club

Abilene Bicycling Club (ABC) promotes cycling in Abilene and the surrounding areas. The club creates opportunities for individuals to experience cycling as transportation, exercise and a challenging, enjoyable, recreational sport. ABC helps sponsor several road and off-road events held in Abilene every year, including the Tour de Gap. ABC also holds a monthly road time trial during the spring, summer, and fall. Additionally, members of the club create and maintain the Buck Creek Trails for use by members and guests, and the club pays the liability insurance required for the continued use of these trails. If you are interested in joining a group of people interested in all things cycling, come join ABC. Membership is good for a calendar year and covers your immediate family for only $30. Membership forms can be picked up at local bike stores.

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Handlebar Sponsors

Time for another sponsor spotlight! Following is a list of our handlebar sponsors. Please take the time to read a bit about them and visit their websites.

Allen Law Firm:

We have over 42 years combined experience and are dedicated to providing sound legal advice and strong representation to each of our clients. We have experience prosecuting and defending injury, commercial and probate claims and will provide the best legal representation possible. Contact Allen Law Firm today at 325-437-2424 or online to schedule a free initial consultation.

ENT Specialists of Abilene:

ENT Specialists of Abilene is made up of a team of professionals dedicated to providing the best quality healthcare in a responsive and caring environment. Our otolaryngologists are all Board Certified with decades of experience in the profession. They work in concert with nurses and office staff who try to understand your health issues quickly and apply the right treatment to get you back to your optimal health. Call us and let us help you with your ear, nose, and throat medical needs.

First Financial Bank:

First Financial Bank has a 122-year history of expressing a genuine personal interest in each one of our customers. We’re committed to providing high quality, personalized service. Our staff of experienced and dedicated bankers stand ready to help you with all your banking needs. We’re also determined to make banking as convenient for you as possible — and as close to you as possible. We have 54 locations and 71 ATMs so we’re never very far away. We also want to stay on the leading edge of technology and provide you with banking services in the most efficient manner. We offer a full array of banking services, from checking accounts and loans to trust and brokerage services. We hope you’ll take the time to review our website and allow us to service your banking needs.

Lawrence Hall Chevrolet:

Lawrence Hall Abilene has proudly served the Big Country and Texas communities for the last 50 years. Family owned, we invite you to come experience our tremendous reputation and why we have more repeat customers than any dealership in the area. Our informed and caring sales staff can meet your needs with our large inventory of new and used cars. Let them explain our extraordinary special vehicle offers to you today!

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Pedal Sponsors

The Tour de Gap would not be possible without the donations from all of our sponsors. There will be a few sponsor spotlight posts to highlight the businesses and people who have contributed to the success of this ride.

First up are the pedal sponsors. Click on their names to check out their websites. If you have a chance, thank them for supporting the Tour de Gap and the Food Bank!

5 Star Coating

Abilene Lumber - BMC

Abilene Sales

ACU – Summit

Automated Copy Systems

Benchmark Business Solutions

Black Plumbing

CJ Chaney, Coldwell Banker, Panian & Mash Realtor

Dr. Hawley, DDS

LePrint Express

Senter Realtors

Templeton Equipment

West Texas Rattler’s AT&T Telecom Pioneers

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Tour de Gap 2014 Registration

Register online for Tour de Gap 2014 at bikereg. Online registration will be open from now until 11:45 pm on Thursday, July 24. If you register online the cost is $30. If, for some reason, you miss the preregistration deadline, you can sign up the day of the event between 6:30 and 7:30 am at the venue. The cost for day-of registration is $40. Children 14 years old and younger ride free with a paying adult, but they do still have to register.

Here is the link: Tour de Gap 2014 Online Registration

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