This year we are the second leg of the European Tour of Texas Challenge that includes The Germanfest Ride, The Bosque Tour de Norway, The Tour d’Italia, and The Tour de Paris. To participate in this challenge you will have to pre-register with the challenge and then check in with the challenge registration table set up at each ride in the challenge. At the conclusion of the challenge all participants that have completed the challenge will receive a custom jersey. To be considerd as having completed the challege you will have to show up and check in at three of the four total rides in the challenge. Online registration for the challenge is open, but can be made as late as on site at the Germanfest Ride on April 29.
The sixth Bosque Tour de Norway will be held on May 20, 2017. The start/finish line will be at Clifton High School. We will have 4 routes to choose from 20, 40, 60 and 80 miles. Each will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the top of Texas hill country and be riding through the historical Norse community.
The Norwegian settlement began here in 1854, the same year the county was founded, and was led by Ole Canuteson and included Cleng Peerson, “The Father of Norwegian Immigration to America.” Thousands of Norwegian immigrants, some coming directly from Norway and others from northern states, would eventually settle between Clifton and Cranfills Gap by century’s end. The Norwegian influence in the area is still very evident today, including Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, site of our first rest stop, and St. Olaf Kirke, or as it is better-known, The Old Rock Church.
Start time for all routes is 8 a.m. at the Clifton High School and Ave. Q.
Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at the Clifton High School Gym. Pre-Registration is available at www.BikeReg.com.
All routes are $30 per person if preregistered or $35 for day of registrations. Cash or checks made out to Clifton Chamber of Commerce.
There is plenty of parking available at Clifton High School.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
You will be riding on a combination of state highways and county roads. All are paved but there are some rough areas on the county roads due to chip seal pavement and some potholes. Most roads are comfortable to ride on. Since this is the top of the hill country there are rolling hills with a few good leg burner climbs, followed by fast descents.
There will be rest stops approximately every 10 miles. All rest stops will have shade, seating, food, drinks and Port-a-Potties. There will be plenty of friendly locals to help you out if you have any questions about the area.