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6 Gap Century - Sept.29.(9 posts)

6 Gap Century - Sept.29.Mike P
Sep 13, 2002 3:00 AM
Any of you riding? If so, are you ready for it? I have been doing a good deal of hill work this year and think I am in good enough shape to ride fairly hard and still enjoy the ride.

I have not riden this one before and was planning on going down there this weekend to check things out but have decided against that idea. I think it might be fun to let it be a complete surprise. You know. . . the old, "What's around the next bend?" thing.

Mike
I hope to be there, assuming . . .Look381i
Sep 13, 2002 4:26 AM
I can get back from a business trip on time. The toughest climb is Hogpen Gap, about 7 miles of 7% that kicks up to well over 10% at times.

For those who want more information:

http://www.dahlonega.org/sixgapcentury/
see you thereJS Haiku Shop
Sep 13, 2002 4:46 AM
we're actually staying up the road in dawsonville. if you haven't made your hotel reservations yet, it's too late to get a room in dahlonega.

from the folks i've spoken with about this ride (who've done it in the past), you won't be disappointed, and you will get your entry fee's worth in pure climbing. the fourth one (hogpen gap) is supposed to be a legbreaker. it's also said to be one of the most beautiful rides in the region. it's also said that many of the descents are 50 mph given, more if you like.

might make dahlonega early saturday afternoon for carb-loading. fellow poster 12x23 says there's a little italian joint on the square that has a big screen tv and pitchers. pitchers=carb loading. i figure it'll be harder to see the severity of the climbs sunday morning if my eyeballs are floating. this is the only chance i'll have to rub antennae with 12x23, as he climbs like a weather balloon.

see me, say hi. green surly crosscheck (triple, xt rear, 11-32 LOL), fenders, brooks saddle, white helmet, grizzly adams goatee. don't expect me to spout haiku if caught climbing. don't see me right away, check first the "autobus", then the town lockup, finally local hospitals.

J
Proprietor, J's Haiku Shop
Hey, I got a room in D'ville too.12x23
Sep 13, 2002 9:49 AM
That would be closer to Tuscany in Cumming.
you staying the same place i'm staying? (alert the media!) nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 13, 2002 10:32 AM
re: 6 Gap Century - Sept.29.Ian
Sep 13, 2002 10:00 AM
I'll be there along with many of my riding pals. There are about 15 of us coming up from Orlando, FL. Most of us will have blue jerseys with matching shorts that say Windermere Roadies.

I did this ride two years ago. It is the toughtest ride (road or MTB) that I have ever done. It is beautiful, but I was so tired that I did not get to enjoy it much.

Have a good hill training ride planned for tomorrow. 70 miles with a little over 3000 feet of climbing. That is about as much climbing as we can get around here.

Ian
Some advice ...tarwheel
Sep 13, 2002 10:28 AM
I grew up in the N. Georgia mountains, about 50 miles to the northeast near Clayton and one of my sisters went to college in Dahlonega. While there, make sure you eat at the Smith House in Dahlonega -- all you can eat homestyle food with fried chicken, lots of vegetables, homemade cobbler, etc. ... Hmm ... maybe I need to make a visit back home.
Some advice ...Mike P
Sep 13, 2002 3:26 PM
tarwheel, I had forgoten about that place! I was in Dahlonega about 15 years ago around Christmas time. Time machine on the town during the Christmas Season; a step back in time. My GF and I ate at Smith House if I'm not mistaken. That's the place where you sit at big tables with folks you may not have come in with isn't it?

Mike
that's the place ...bianchi boy
Sep 13, 2002 7:45 PM
It's the kind of place where grown men weep because they're too full to eat any more.