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Great Annual Saskatchewan Pedal

GASP 2014, From Field to Forest!
July 19-26, 2014
Before the Ride | Planning | En Route | What to Bring | Registering                                 Registration Form                                        

Where is GASP 2014 going?

GASP is going to start in Shellbrook, the Heart of the Parkland "the field", roll toward the Alberta Border to Lloydminster, swing up to Meadow Lake to "the forest" , then head back toward Shellbrook. You will enjoy riding roads through beautiful parklands and pine tree areas. 667 km of Saskatchewan highways, will be a challenge, but remember this Tour is fully supported with SAG wagons!

New Registration process: All Applications and $50 deposits received by March 17, 2014 will be placed into a draw to determine ride participants (couples will be combined for the draw). Applications received after the draw date will be accepted in order they are received.

YouTube video preview of 2012 GASP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4LYmjahGsI&feature=youtu.be
YouTube video preview of 2011 GASP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGN8QjtIGaI
YouTube video from 2010 GASP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHe-3wD-Z7I&feature=youtu.be
YouTube video preview of 2010 GASP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk01cZe8h0o
YouTube video on 2009 GASP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlUx4A-td58

Article on 2013 GASP      Article on 2012 GASP         Article on 2011 GASP        Article on 2010 GASP           Article on 2009 GASP          Article on 2008 GASP     
 Westworld Sask story on GASP 2008    
Article on 2007 GASP        Article on 2006 GASP        Article on 2005 GASP          Article on 2003 GASP        

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Welcome to GASP, a Saskatchewan bicycle ride across some of the greatest frontier of North America.  GASP, is a bicycle tour, and definitely not a race.  Along the way you'll have an opportunity to visit many historic sites, many of which recognize significant events, people and geography of our province.

You'll experience Saskatchewan hospitality first hand on this tour.  Following you will find more details on the facilities, the route, and plans of your hosts.  There are also links to the application / registration form and the SCA membership application form. 

                                   Join us...  for the ride of your life.

Is your spouse or friend joining you on the Tour as a support and not riding in the Tour? Contact the SCA for more informantion. There will be nominal fee charged/personal support.
    
                                                                  
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The 2014 route:

July 19-25
Day 0: (Saturday) - camp in Shellbrook - optional
Day 1: (Sunday) - Shellbrook to Spiritwood; 80 km
Day 2: (Monday) - Spiritwood to Turtleford; 104 km
Day 3: (Tuesday) - Turtleford to Lloydminster; 86 km
Day 4: (Wednesday) - Lloyminster to St. Walburg; 87 km
Day 5: (Thursday) - St Walburg to Meadow Lake; 97 km
Day 6: (Friday) - Meadow Lake to Big River; 126 km
Day 7: (Saturday) - Big River to Shellbrook; 87 km

Due to longer distances, for sections over 100 km, there will be an option for riders to receive a SAG in the van up to the second rest stop (40 KM). Normal support will be provided.

Where in the World is GASP 2014?

Before the ride... 

Registration form must be accompanied by a deposit no later than May 1.)  The remaining balance, based on the option selected by the participant, is due by May 31. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the tour, applicants will be placed on a waiting list.  If an applicant on the waiting list cannot be accommodated the tour, fees will be returned. 

The SCA may cancel the tour because of insufficient registrations or unforeseen circumstances. Cancellation due to insufficient registrations will occur no later than June 15, and registrants notified immediately thereafter. In the event of cancellation due to other causes (e.g. weather or emergencies), participants will be advised as soon as possible, though we regret the SCA cannot guarantee the notice deadline. In no circumstance is the SCA responsible for additional or consequential costs, such as travel (e.g. airline tickets or cost of driving to the event), time off work, vacation costs, etc

Fees should be paid to Saskatchewan Cycling Association, registration form

Ride Options

Camping

7 day ride

$400

2 day ride option includes one night camping. Note - you must provide your own transportation to get to the start point and at the end of your tour

$175

The deposit of $50 is required by May 1, with payment in full by June 1. Your deposit is refundable up until May 1, after May 1 the deposit is nonrefundable.
Submit form and payments to:
Saskatchewan Cycling Association (SCA)
2205 Victoria Avenue Regina, SK S4P 0S4

Note: All amounts in Canadian funds.

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Tour Fees include
- 1 or 7 nights accommodations in non-electrical campsites (depending on the option is chosen)
- Daily road snacks
- Assistance from the support vehicle
- Daily baggage transportation

Tour Fees do not include
- SCA membership fees, participants must be SCA members at the time of the tour
- Transportation to and from the start and end of the tour
- Entertainment costs
- Bicycle repair parts
- Park admission fees, if applicable

Be sure a signed application form is submitted for each person wanting to participate in the Tour.  Parents or legal guardians must accompany minors.  Unaccompanied minors will be sent home.  Any minor consuming alcoholic beverages may be charged according to the law and sent home. 

All participants must be members of the Saskatchewan Cycling Association at the time of the tour.  The cost of the SCA membership fee is not included in the costs of the tour. The SCA membership application form and information are available at http://www.saskcycling.ca.

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Planning for the ride... 

GASP is a tour, not a race.  While the trip is carefully planned and supported, every rider is responsible for their own safety and the safety of their fellow riders.  Riders are expected to follow the rules of the road and listen to the suggestions offered by the tour leader, the ride officials and the sag drivers.

To get the most from your experience, you should be in reasonable shape before the ride begins.  Try to get as many kilometers (or miles) in before the start. Training plans published by various cycling sources are often available from local libraries or on the web.  Note for the committee:  I came up with a training program after scouring the library and internet. Two years ago I offered it to club members and had four people who participated.  Would it be valuable to have some basic training advice on the website?

Have your bike inspected and serviced before you arrive.  Major repairs during the tour may only be available at the larger centers where there is a bike shop.

The GASP tour route is chosen as paved roads; however conditions can vary and change.  Bicycles designed for touring are best.  Road racing or triathlon bikes may be suitable for most conditions however riders may not feel comfortable using them on rough pavements or gravel.  Mountain bikes may also be suitable but it is advisable to equip it with touring style tires.  You may be able to accomplish the distances of this tour on hybrid, “comfort” bikes or cruisers but they typically require a lot more pedaling effort and are less efficient. 

 If you are unable to complete the ride, or are only participating in part of the ride, you are responsible for your own transportation back to the starting point of the ride

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En Route…

Daily route maps/marking

Daily route maps will be provided to riders.

During the Tour

You may begin riding each morning at 7:00 A.M.  Luggage must at the designated pickup location prior to 8:30 A.M.  The luggage trailer will be loaded where it was unloaded the day before in the campground. You are responsible for transporting your luggage to and from the luggage trailer. Those not staying in the GASP campground or designated hotel are responsible to make their own arrangements to have their luggage transported to and from the baggage trailer.

Plan to ride at a speed which will enable you to complete the day’s ride before sundown.  If you are still on the road at dusk, the sag wagon will pick you up and take you to your destination.

Sag wagons will carry snacks, water, basic bike repair supplies, lists of emergency contacts and first aid supplies.  If you see the sag wagon and wish them to stop, give the driver the “tap on top of your helmet” signal.  They cannot carry personal gear for all the riders so you should come prepared with a bag attached to the bike (or small back pack) for the gear you will need for the day, which should include your identification, health card and any information medical personnel may need in the event of an emergency.  Large backpacks are not recommended.  Sag wagons will only travel the established route.   If you detour from the established route or leave before the established time, you may not have access to the sag wagon.

The tour will proceed despite poor weather conditions.  Come prepared with rain gear, including booties or plastic bags for your feet, warm gloves, and clothing appropriate for the temperature.  Windy conditions will likely be encountered.  Do not “draft” other riders.

 

Bike Repairs

We strongly advise that you have your bike inspected and repaired before beginning the trip. Problems do occasionally arise and we will be prepared to assist with minor repairs.  We will have a limited supply of tires, tubes, and cables.  While there is no charge for repairing your bike, you are expected to pay for any needed suppliesPlease do not take any parts from the sag wagons without paying.

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Your Accommodations... 

Campers

We have arranged for camping each night in local campgrounds.  Luggage is transported by one of the sag wagons whose primary responsibility is to provide support services to the riders on route. Your luggage will arrive at the end of the day after most riders have completed the route.  Campgrounds will all have water and toilets but some may not have showers.  If that is the case, a shuttle service will be made available to take you to the closest facility.  Do not assume hotel guests would welcome you to use their showers. 

Please camp in the designated areas only and abide by the campground rules.  Please respect the campground’s quiet time which may be as early as 10:00 p.m. 

 

Food Services

Participants can expect there restaurants and groceries will be available along the tour route.  A list of all available food services will be provided to each rider each day.  Participants will be alerted if food is not available in order that other arrangements can be made, such as catered meals.  Campers are welcome to prepare meals at the campsite provided they can get any needed gear in their allotted baggage space and weight restrictions.

In some towns, a catered supper and/or breakfast may be available.  Where catered meals are provided cyclists will be required to commit prior to the tour for planning purposes. We will keep participants informed of those arrangements. 

Community coolers are available for dairy products and small perishable items (space is limited). The coolers are shared, so you must mark your items with your name. Since coolers are shared, participants must understand items occasionally get mixed up or go astray. Spoiled or outdates items must be removed or will be removed.

Alcohol, beer and wine will not be stored or transported in the sag wagons.

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What to Bring... 

Be sure to bring along enough money to cover your meals and snacks, bicycle repairs, and incidentals, such as souvenirs and telephone calls.  GASP will continue on schedule despite poor weather conditions.  Weather can greatly vary this time of year so be prepared.  You should pack accordingly.  Here are some ideas on what to bring:

Bicycle equipment

While sag wagons will be able to provide some assistance along the way, any major repair will have to wait until a bike shop is in close proximity.  At the very least you should carry:  

  • a bicycle repair kit including spare tube,
  • a set of tire levers,  
  • a pump and
  • all necessary tools require to change a tire on your bike. 

Even if you can’t change a flat tire, others will be able to help if you have the supplies.  You should bring a bicycle lock, water bottles or a “Camelback” and a seat cover.  A rear view mirror can be very helpful.  Be sure to remember your helmet as it is a required item.

Camping

Duffle bag, tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, small pillow or stuff sack, rope, stakes, flashlight.

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Personal Gear

Bring enough socks, underwear, cycling shorts, jerseys or shirts to last for several days.  Although most communities have a Laundromat, they can sometimes be very busy during a tour of this sort.  As well, bring along a good cycling jacket, some long pants or tights for the cold or rainy days and some clothes for off-the-bike wear.  Packing your gear in waterproof bags is always a good idea. 

Be sure to bring any necessary prescriptions and personal needs as well as insect repellent and sunscreen, a towel and toiletry kit.

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First aid

You may wish to carry a small first aid kit on your bike.  A complete first aid kit will be available in each sag wagon. 

Extras

Consider bringing a journal and pen, a good book, spare glasses, camera, sunglasses, a hat, watch, ear plugs for noisy campers or rowdy hotel guests, your ID and wallet.  We suggest you label clearly label all luggage and personal belongings with your name and contact information. Cyclists are permitted to use rack packs on their bicycles, and ensure that rain gear is carried on your bicycle for easy access. Not all restaurants and hotel accommodations on the ride route accept all credit cards, so ensure you have an alternative form of payment.

Luggage space is limited in the trailers and the SAG wagons. Please observe the following guidelines when packing for the ride:
 

  • For cyclists staying in hotel accommodations, limit your luggage to 2 cubic feet (56 litres) per bag and not to exceed 20 pounds (9 kg) in total.
  • For cyclists staying in camp ground accommodations, limit your luggage to 4 cubic feet (112 litres) in total, and not to exceed 40 pounds (18 kg)in total.  Limit your luggage to two bags.

No external strapping to bags. Do not use garbage bags or Tupperware containers for packing purposes. Duffle bags are the preferred.

Put your name and address on everything you bring.

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Registering... 

Complete and print the registration form and mail the completed application form and cheque or money order in Canadian funds, :

Saskatchewan Cycling Association
2205 Victoria Avenue
Regina, SK

S4P 0S4
or call
Phone: 306-780-9299
Fax: 306-525-4009
e-mail: cycling@accesscomm.ca

If you need additional information, please feel free to contact us at the above phone number or address. 

Refunds
 All refunds must be requested in writing.  Full refunds will be issued if received by the SCA no later than May 31.  Refunds after that date will be subject to a $50.00 fee being withheld.

 

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