Tour de Gap 2014

Save the date for the 31st annual Tour de Gap benefiting the Food Bank of West Central Texas. Join us on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Old Settler’s Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap. We hope to see you there!

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Tour de Gap 2013 Results

Thank you to everyone who showed up at Tour de Gap today! We hope you had a great time. We appreciate everyone who rode, volunteered, or otherwise supported the ride. You helped us raise a large amount of money for the Food Bank.

A big shout out to Cadence Sports! They already have the results posted online (which is why you are really reading this post). Here’s the link: Tour de Gap 2013 Results

 

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Tour de Gap 2013 Schedule and Registration Reminder

If you missed the online preregistration deadline, you can still register on Saturday at the venue. All riders need to show up at the packet pickup/registration area between 6:30 and 7:30 am this Saturday. If you preregistered online you will have a simple line to go through to pick up your rider packet and timing chip. Just look for the preregistered sign and then go to the table for your route length. If you are registering the day of the event, please allow a little extra time to go through the registration and timing chip line. Look for the registration sign and the form you’ll need to fill out. Payment on the day of ($40 per rider, age 14 and under free with paying adult) needs to be cash or check. Credit cards will not be accepted. Checks can be made out to the Food Bank of West Central Texas. Also, please remember that helmets are required for all riders, even for children in trailers.

Once again, here is the schedule for Saturday, July 27:

6:30 – 7:45 am        Registration/Packet pick up
7:50            Line up at the start area/Pre-ride announcements
8:00            77 mile & 52 mile start
8:05           27 mile start
8:10           11 mile start
9:00           Brunch/lunch will be available at the registration area
9:45            11 mile swag raffle*
10:45          27 mile swag raffle*
12:00          52 mile swag raffle*
12:00          Turn off for the final loop of the 77 mile route closes                                      12:30          77 mile prizes*
1:00            Ticket Raffle
1:15            77 mile swag raffle*
2:00            Race course closes

* Must be present to claim swag raffle/prize. The times are approximate and can vary by a few minutes depending on how many riders have finished that particular route.

We can’t wait to see everyone out there!

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Online Registration Deadline

Remember…today is the final day to register online for Tour de Gap 2013! Online registration will stay open until 11:45 pm. The cost is $30. If you miss the deadline, you can still register the day of, but the price will increase to $40. Here is the link to register: Tour de Gap 2013 Registration

We hope to see you at the Gap!

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Showers Available

This year there will be showers available to those who would like to rinse off after the ride and before heading home. The Abilene State Park on FM 89 a few miles west of the venue will allow riders to enter and use their bath facilities without paying the normal entrance fee. You will need to present your rider number at the entrance gate as your “ticket.” The free entry is only for Tour de Gap riders, so anyone riding with you might want to wait at the Tour de Gap venue if they don’t want to pay the entry fee. We hope this helps those of you from out of town!

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Prizes, Swag, and Raffle

There will be lots of chances to go home with some cool bike items from Tour de Gap. BikeTown provides the prizes for the 77 mile route, and also donates all the swag and raffle items that are given away.

Every rider will be eligible for a swag raffle. There will be four of them – one for each route. After you finish riding, take your rider number, write your name on the back of it, and place it in the appropriate box. If your number is drawn, you’ll get to pick from the swag items for your route. The schedule for the day (you’ll have one in your rider packet – it is also posted here on the website) will tell you the approximate time for your swag raffle. You do have to be present to win.

The top three finishers in each age category for the 77 mile route will receive prizes. Prizes this year are Optic Nerve sunglasses, a Specialized floor pump, and a box of Esport Waffles. First place will get first choice, second place will get second pick, and third place will get what’s left. You do have to be present to claim your prize.

There will also be a money raffle. This year there will be two separate raffles. You can buy tickets for just one or for both. BikeTown is donating a repair stand and home mechanic tool kit to be raffled off. The retail value of these two items is $300. Tickets will be sold for $2 apiece or 3 tickets for $5. The other raffle will be for a Stryder bike. This retails for about $110. Tickets for this one will also be $2 apiece or 3 tickets for $5. You do not have to be present to claim your prize if you win. If you win, the item can be taken with you on Saturday or can be picked up later at BikeTown, 1789 Industrial Blvd., Abilene, TX. All proceeds from this money raffle will go to the Food Bank of West Central Texas.

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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 16 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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Registration, Packet Pick Up, Timing Chips, and Directions

Online registration will stay open until Thursday, July 25, at 11:45 pm. Cost to register online is $30. If you miss the online deadline, you can still register at the venue the day of the event. The cost will go up to $40 for day-of registration. Children 14 and under ride free with a paying adult regardless of when they are registered. They do have to be registered and receive a number and timing chip, however. Packet pick up will happen Saturday morning from 6:30 till 7:45 at the venue. All riders will receive a bag with their ride number, schedule, route map, t-shirt, and items from our sponsors. Several sponsors have included coupons so you’ll want to make sure and look through everything. EVERY rider will need to pick up their rider packet AND get a timing chip from Cadence. The timing chips are not just to record times. They also help us know how many riders are still out on the course as the day goes on. The registration, packet pick up area, and timing chip pick up will shut down at 7:45 am. Please arrive well before that time so that you can have everything finished by 7:45. We will be starting the ride promptly at 8.

Tour de Gap is located at the Old Settlers’ Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap, TX, just a few miles south of Abilene. Coming from Abilene, head south on FM 89 (Buffalo Gap Road). Once FM 18 enters Buffalo Gap, the road will make some sharp turns. On the second sharp right, where FM 89 becomes Vine Street, do not follow the road to the right. Instead, go left into the Old Settlers’ Reunion Grounds.  The Tour de Gap registration area and start line are bordered by Vine Street, East Street, Cherry Street, and Ranch Road 89. It is just to the east of Jim Ned Elementary. Here is a link to a map of Buffalo Gap: http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&q=jim+ned+elementary+buffalo+gap+tx&fb=1&gl=us&hq=jim+ned+elementary+buffalo+gap&hnear=Texas&hl=en&view=map&cid=4756242910837266133&iwloc=A&ved=0CBoQpQY&sa=X&ei=hP0bTJ-OAo_gyASXqKiWDw

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Wheel Sponsor – ACU Summit

ACU Summit logo 2013Three years ago, the annual Lectureship program at Abilene Christian University dawned the new name “Summit.”  Summit is a conversation where life and faith converge in Christ. ACU provides a space for conversation about real world issues discussed from the perspective of faith.  Summit gathers students, church leaders, faculty and Christianity for conversation. Summit’s aim is that participation in this event will challenge you to see life as ministry and equip you to live as a minister in your everyday life. Please visit the website to register for this free event and to see the list of featured speakers.

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Wheel Sponsor – ENT Specialists

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ENT Specialists of Abilene is made up of a team of professionals dedicatedto 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.

Mission Statement:

Our practice is working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in medical care. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to:

• Listening to those we are privileged to serve.
• Earn the trust and respect of patients, profession and community.
• Exceed your expectations.
• Ensure a creative, challenging and compassionate professional environment.                     • Strive for continuous improvement at all levels.

Call us and let us help you with your ear, nose, and throat medical needs.

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