Tour de Gap 2016

Even though the weather doesn’t make it feel like summer is quickly approaching, it is! Make sure and save the date for Tour de Gap 2016. Our annual ride benefiting the Food Bank of West Central Texas will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Make plans to come out to the Old Settlers’ Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap, TX, and join in a great ride for a great cause!

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Tour de Gap 2015 Results

Thank you to everyone who came out to The Gap today! Our riders, volunteers, and sponsors were all amazing. Each of you is important in this annual benefit ride to raise money for the Food Bank. We can’t do it without you!

I’m sure what you really want is the link to the results, so here it is: Tour de Gap 2015 Results.

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Helmets Required/Cash or Check for Day-of Registration

Just a reminder that helmets are required for everyone riding in the Tour de Gap, even children in trailers. Also, the Food Bank is not set up to take credit or debit cards, so if you register the day of the event at the venue, please bring cash or check. Finally, due to all the rain we have received in the last month, the mosquitos are out with a vengeance. Bring bugspray!

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Registration Reminder

Today is the last day to preregister online for Tour de Gap. If you register online by 11:45 pm, you will get the lower rate of $30. You can still register on Saturday morning at the Old Settler’s Reunion Grounds, but the price will increase to $40 and you will need to pay by cash or check. Go ahead and register today so that all you have to do Saturday morning is pick up your packet and timing chip! Here’s the link: Tour de Gap 2015 Registration

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Tour de Gap 2015 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 and prize 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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Registration, Packet Pick Up, Timing Chips, and Directions

Online registration will stay open until Thursday, July 23, 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. If you register the day of the event, please bring cash or check. The Food Bank is not set up to take credit or debit cards. 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. Some sponsors have included coupons so you’ll want to make sure and look through everything. 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:

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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 Garmin Edge 510 Bundle, retail value of $400, 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 it up.

Food will be available at the venue for all riders. There will be fruit as well as Hernandez Bakery burritos. These are included in your entry fee. Once again this year, there will be Cajun Cones! Bring a couple of bucks for a cool, refreshing Cajun Cone after you finish your ride. Cajun Cones will donate a portion of each sale to the Food Bank. 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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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 18 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 75 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 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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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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