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PRESS PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA UNDERHILL 0711 Char and Bob Stamets, of Palmer Township, rode the four miles from their house (adding eight miles to their ride) to the start where they met friends to ride the Century with. This is Char's ninth year and Bob's fifth year riding the Century. PRESS PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA UNDERHILL 0711 Char and Bob Stamets, of Palmer Township, rode the four miles from their house (adding eight miles to their ride) to the start where they met friends to ride the Century with. This is Char's ninth year and Bob's fifth year riding the Century.
Jack Noe, of Bethlehem Township, checks the air in his tires before heading out. Jack Noe, of Bethlehem Township, checks the air in his tires before heading out.
0722 While eating the pasta dinner, Dave Yelito, of Coleville, (from left) and his daughter Jennel Yelito, of Orefield talk about the 50-mile ride they completed with riders who completed the 68-mile ride, Scott Segraves, Steve Deacon and Jennifer Segraves, all from Nazareth. 0722 While eating the pasta dinner, Dave Yelito, of Coleville, (from left) and his daughter Jennel Yelito, of Orefield talk about the 50-mile ride they completed with riders who completed the 68-mile ride, Scott Segraves, Steve Deacon and Jennifer Segraves, all from Nazareth.
PRESS PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA UNDERHILL Joseph Anidjar, of Asbury, N.J., and Corey Ridgick, of Allentown, return to the college after riding the century for the first time. PRESS PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA UNDERHILL Joseph Anidjar, of Asbury, N.J., and Corey Ridgick, of Allentown, return to the college after riding the century for the first time.
Patrick Fellion of Mount Pocono, rode the Century for the first time. Patrick Fellion of Mount Pocono, rode the Century for the first time.

Gap Gallop marks 37th year

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by CYNTHIA UNDERHILL Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

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.