The 2021 European Tour of Texas – Rolling Forward
This race is heading towards Clifton with increasing speed, with the Bosque Tour de Norway set for May 15 this year. All 4 rides in the ETT are on the calendar for 2021. The routes are called Germanfest on April 24, Tour de Norway on May 15, Tour d’Italia on June 19 and the Tour de Paris on July 17.
The ninth Bosque Tour de Norway will be held on May 15, 2021. 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, 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.
Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at the Clifton High School Gym. Online Pre-Registration is available on Active Network. Start time for all routes is 8 a.m. at the Clifton High School and Ave. Q. All routes are $35 per person if pre-registered or $40 for day of registrations. Cash or checks made out to Clifton Chamber of Commerce. Parking is available at Clifton High School.
For those looking to enter the race, cyclists 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 are spaced out approximately every 10 miles. Stops have shade, seating, food, drinks and portable toilers There will be plenty of friendly locals about at stops to inquire about the area from.