Bosque Tour de Norway

European Tour of Texas

2020 European Tour of Texas Challenge - Rolling Forward

The European Tour of Texas Challenge has been acquired by Fun Bikin’ Enterprises. Details are currently being worked out, but here are the plans at present:

When you register for the ETTC you will automatically be registered for all 4 of the featured rides. You will order your jersey when you register for the ETTC. Jerseys ordered by February 29 will be available before the Germanfest Ride on April 25 You will be able to pick up your jersey: at the Richardson Bike Mart (specific dates), at one of our featured rides OR pay to have it delivered to your residence. There will NOT be a separate check-in location for ETTC participants.

The featured events are:

The ninth Bosque Tour de Norway will be held on May 16, 2020. 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:
Start time for all routes is 8 a.m. at the Clifton High School and Ave. Q.

REGISTRATION:
Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at the Clifton High School Gym. Online Pre-Registration is available on Active Network.

FEE:
All routes are $30 per person if preregistered or $35 for day of registrations. Cash or checks made out to Clifton Chamber of Commerce.

PARKING:
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.

REST STOPS:
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.

Where is Clifton, Texas?

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Bosque County bike routes map

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Images from past Bosque Tour de Norway rides

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