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Attn: Georgia / 6 Gap Century Riders! Need info.(9 posts)

Attn: Georgia / 6 Gap Century Riders! Need info.Aegis_guy
Jul 29, 2002 1:25 PM
Help a Yankee out, can anyone give me any information about the Six Gap Century ride in Dahlonega on 9/29? I am going to be in the area that weekend and I am considering riding this but I am unsure if I can make it since I live in Illinois and sections of rolling hills is all we see. I also see there is a 3 gap 50 mile option which seems to be a better fit for me but I would appreciate any local insight about this ride. 10,700 of vertical climbing and 100 miles. Sounds like a puke fest to me but I am all fired up after the TDF and I would love to see what climbing is all about. Thanks for the help
re: Attn: Georgia / 6 Gap Century Riders! Need info.mdooley0
Jul 29, 2002 3:59 PM
You'll enjoy the ride. Hogpin's the worst, the other climbs are long. You should be fine with a 39/27 maybe a 25 if your in shape. Come on down for the weekend........

Thanks. One more questionAegis_guy
Jul 29, 2002 5:49 PM
I think I will change my 25 in for a 27 and give it a try. I dont see anything on the ride website about having to sign up for either the 50 or 100 mile ride. Is the 50 just there as an option, kind of a reality check for people to bail out if they know they are not going to make it? Thanks for the help. By the way, I used to live in Atlanta and my in-laws live in Blairsville. Of course, I didn't ride a road bike back then and now I am stuck in Chicago so I am looking forward to this.
re: Attn: Georgia / 6 Gap Century Riders! Need info.mtngoat
Jul 29, 2002 5:45 PM
I did it in 1999. I used a triple for it. My friends used doubles and I know they wished they had the triple. I did the ride about 45 minutes faster than them. It still took me about seven and a half hours.

I would have to say that you have to be in pretty good shape to do it. I live in Florida where we also only have rolling hills. At the time I could ride about 75 miles without much strain.

I'll have to admit that by the end of the ride I could not get out of the saddle to pedal. That's where the triple saves you. One of the climbs is 7 miles long with portions of about 14-15% inclination. The whole climb averages about 7%. And that's just the one of the climbs...

I will have to say it was a well run event. Nice facilities at the end and good support throughout the ride. And the scenary is beautiful.

Also make sure you have good brakes. The descents can be very steep. They are fun but you have to be careful. If you are in good shape and can ride comfortably for about 6 hours or so, I would say go for the hundred. If not, the 50 should be plenty fun also.

They have a website that explains a lot about the ride. Look it up and it will give you a good picture of what you are up against.

To be honest, it was one of the most memorable rides I have ever done. Higly recommended.

Thanks for the info. I think I have got some work to do.Aegis_guy
Jul 29, 2002 6:31 PM
I don't think I am ready to do a century yet with these types of climbs but I am in the area and will not be for awhile so I at least want to give the 50 a try. I just did 60 miles last Saturday comfortably but I am sure it a huge difference with the climbs so your 75 mile ride is a good gauge. It is a beautiful area especially in the fall although I am sure there wont be a lot of focus on the scenery on the descents. Thanks
Jul 30, 2002 4:43 PM
Where in FL do you live? I'm in Orlando. I do the Windermere rides and train in the Clermont hills.

the pinnacle event of my "season"JS Haiku Shop
Jul 30, 2002 4:38 AM
...aside from two doubles and a ms150. this one's the last organized event i plan to do in 2002. and yes, i expect a puke-fest. i'm by far *not a climber*, but i coast pretty good. :)

i'd say go for it, if you've got the miles in your legs for the year, and have the gears (i love gears). what's the worst that could happen? a ride in the broom wagon? ya gotta test your boundaries from time to time.

personally, i'm planning to go with a triple, xt rear derailleur, and 12x34 in the back. i'd rather spin than stand for seven miles.

c-ya there.
re: Attn: Georgia / 6 Gap Century Riders! Need info.tarwheel
Jul 30, 2002 5:00 AM
I haven't done this particular ride, but I grew up in the North Georgia mountains. The scenery is very beautiful in that part of the state and the ride should be worthwhile for that reason alone. Make sure you stop and eat at the Smith House in Dahlonega -- all you can eat homestyle cooking with lots of fried chicken and tons of vegetables and homemade cobbler. Might be worth doing the ride just for that.
re: Attn: Georgia / 6 Gap Century Riders! Need info.Ian
Jul 30, 2002 4:42 PM
A great ride, the toughest thing I have ever done on a bike. I live in FL, but near some rolling hils. I can actually get 5,000 feet of climbing in 100 miles. I just started specific hill training last week. I will do one or two hill rides per week, working up to a long ride of around 80 miles two weeks before the event. I am a big guy, for a bike rider, 5'11", 210 lbs. But, I climb very well for my size, and more important, I enjoy it. I will use a 39/27, there will be times I would like a triple, but this is the only ride I would use it on, so I won't buy one. The worst part is Hogpen, about halfway up it hits a 15% grade, I was doing 5 mph, turning 50 rpm, that hurt a little bit. The problem with the 50 mile option is you must choose it early in the ride, I think after the first climb, 10-15 mile in. It is tough to tell at that point whether you really need it or not. I say, if you have base miles in this year, start specific training and in two months you should be ready.