Gap Gallop marks 37th year
The cold temperatures and predicted rain Otc. 7 didn't stop approximately 50 cyclists from leaving Northampton Community College on rides of 50, 68 or 103 miles. They were participating in the recent Lehigh Wheelman Association's 37th annual Gap Gallop Century.
In previous years, the ride averaged around 300 riders.
"I'm sure the weather had something to do with it," said Geoff Rogers, VP Touring for the association. He added that there are several other cycling events in the area that all ended up on the same weekend.
Cyclists followed the letters "GG" painted in white on the road with arrows. They also carried "cue sheets" with directions. A SAG (support and gear) wagon provided by volunteers from Cycle Fitters of Forks Township checked on the riders and assisted them with any problems they had on the course. In addition, volunteers from the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club, Inc. monitored riders as they passed through each of three rest stops.
All riders went to the first rest stop in Danielsville. Light rain didn't dampen their spirits as they chatted while refueling before continuing. From Danielsville, riders completing the two longer routes started the one and a-half mile climb up Blue Mountain Drive. Those completing the 50-mile route returned to the college. The drizzle didn't last long and on the other side of the mountain, cyclists enjoyed early fall foliage along a scenic route of gently rolling hills.
After they were done, everyone shared stories of their rides while eating a well-deserved pasta meal donated by Sicily Pizza & Restaurant of Nazareth.